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"The Elements" Kids…

Jul 1 - 15, 2016
Painting with a Twist is offering two summer sessions of "The… more

Carousel Gardens…

Jul 1 - 31, 2016
Now is a great time to buy your season pass. The season pass even gets you… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Jul 01, 2016
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

ESSENCE Music Festival

Jul 1 - 3, 2016
The ultimate party weekend is highlighted by performances from a variety of… more

French Ciné-Club

Jul 01, 2016
All films are shown in French with English subtitles See the progran online:… more

Friday: First Friday…

Jul 1 - Dec 2, 2016
As part of its ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations, THNOC is offering First… more

House of Blues…

Jul 1 - Dec 30, 2016
Every Friday join us in the Voodoo Garden for live music, beer and drink… more

In Good Company…

Jul 1 - 2, 2016
The House of Bernarda Alba was completed in 1936 while the Spanish Civil War… more

Maafa Art Exhibition

Jul 1 - 1, 2016
Ashé Cultural Arts Center presents its first Maafa Exhibition, featuring… more

National Park Service…

Jul 1 - 1, 2016
On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service turns 100! The Centennial will… more

Photo Exhibition -…

Jul 1 - 30, 2016
Join us for the Photo Exhibition - "MAAFA: The Past We Inherit; the Future… more

The Two Gentlemen of…

Jul 1 - 2, 2016
Young love doesn’t always end in tragedy. Shakespeare’s romantic… more

Tulane University -…

Jul 1 - 2, 2016
New Orleans' professional classical theatre company presents Shakespeare's… more

Tulane University -…

Jul 1 - 2, 2016
New Orleans' professional classical theatre company presents Shakespeare's… more

Tweet & Greet Day…

Jul 1 - 1, 2016
The Ultimate Day Party Experience during Essence Festival 3rd Annual MADE IN… more

3rd Annual ALL WHITE…

Jul 2 - 2, 2016
The Ultimate All White Day Party Experience during Essence Festival. 3rd Annual… more

Ashe Cultural Arts…

Jul 2 - 2, 2016
Ashé Cultural Arts Center proudly presents the 16th Annual Maafa… more

Backyard Grooves

Jul 02, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages.   more

Double Dose

Jul 02, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
ActionActionReaction and friends keep the dance floor energized with mixes of… more

Jazz Yoga with Susan…

Jul 2 - 30, 2016
Jazz Yoga with live meditative music by Peter Nu, continues at the Old U.S.… more

"The Elements" Kids…

Jul 1 - 15, 2016
Painting with a Twist is offering two summer sessions of "The… more

New Orleans Marriott/5 Fifty 5 Welcomes Chef Thorsten Leighty into the Kitchen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Lindsay Bass
Senior Manager, Marketing & eCommerce
JW, Renaissance and Marriott Hotels of New Orleans
t: 301.460.4209
e: lindsay.bass@marriott.com

 

New Orleans Marriott/5 Fifty 5 Welcomes Chef Thorsten Leighty into the Kitchen

German Chef to bring fresh ideas and talents into the hotel & restaurant

New Orleans - Thorsten Leighty has been named Executive Chef of the New Orleans Marriott and its award-winning in-house restaurant - 5 Fifty 5.

Leighty is a native of Wiesbaden, Germany, where he received classical training in all aspects of international cuisine. Most recently, Leighty served as Executive Chef at the Eden Roc Renaissance Resort & Spa in Miami Beach, where he successfully managed seven food and beverage outlets that generated $23 million in revenue and catered to top-notch events hosted by Eva Longoria and Pitbull. Under Leighty's tutelage, Eden Roc instituted a Kosher Kitchen in the new tower, segregated from the general catering kitchen and designed a specialized kosher menu. With food scores at the top of the company, Leighty has greatly contributed to the accolades acquired by the resort's food & beverage operations.

Leighty spent the first ten years of his career gaining a breadth of experience in various roles at Michelin-starred restaurants abroad, including Restaurant Cheesery in Gstaad, Switzerland, Hotel Schweitzer Stuben in Wertheim, Germany, Hotel Koenigshof in Munich, Germany and Im Schiffchen Restaurant in Duesseldorf, Germany.

After cultivating his career in Europe, Leighty headed to the United States at age 25 to work as a sous chef under German Master Chef Joachim Splichal at the highly acclaimed Patina in Los Angeles. Following his work at Patina, Leighty served as the Executive Sous Chef at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, where he catered to Hollywood's elite at the Academy Awards and private parties for stars such as Tom Hanks and Bill Clinton.

Following his time in Los Angeles, Leighty relocated to Tuscon, Arizona where he served as the Executive Sous Chef at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa. In this role, he created and implemented menus for six food and beverage outlets and served celebrities such as the Dalai Lama and Gene Hackman. Leighty then earned the position as the Executive Chef of the JW Marriot Ihilani Resort & Spa in Kapolei, Hawaii, managing the eight food & beverage outlets of the Four Diamond property.

5 Fifty 5, named for its 555 Canal Street location in the New Orleans Marriott, serves up a fresh approach to food with a mouthwatering menu incorporating New Orleans, Cajun, French, American and Creole cuisine based on a unique wood-fired grill concept. For reservations or for more information about 5 Fifty 5 call 504.553.5638 or visit www.555canal.com

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