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"Organ & Labyrinth"-…

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“Giants of Jazz: Art…

Jun 27 - Dec 17, 2017
This spring, art and music converge as The Historic New Orleans Collection… more

Beyond the Canvas:…

Jun 27 - Jul 9, 2017
Spanning several generations, five Puerto Rico-based artists Zilia… more

Cafe B Tiki Summer…

Jun 27 - 27, 2017
Join us at Cafe B  for a 5 courseTiki summer dinner with cocktails! more

David Hansen's Garden…

Jun 27, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Jun 27 - Dec 29, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Jun 27 - Oct 8, 2017
Jim Steg (American, 1922 -2001) was the most influential printmaker to be based… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Jun 27 - Oct 1, 2017
In celebration of beloved chef, civil rights activist, and art collector Leah… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Jun 27 - Sep 3, 2017
Pride of Place: The Making of Contemporary Art in New Orleans showcases… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Jun 27 - Oct 8, 2017
Paintings from throughout Scully's career are presented with a selection of… more

Newcomb Art Museum -…

Jun 27 - Jul 9, 2017
Spanning several generations, five Puerto Rico-based artists Zilia… more

Rivertown Theaters…

Jun 27 - 30, 2017
Join us for a delightful children's production this summer with the popular… more

Singer/Songerwriter…

Jun 27, 2017 - Jan 06, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. House of Blues New Orleans hosts a new weekly… more

Storyville: Madams…

Jun 27 - Dec 9, 2017
Storyville: Madams and Music revives the sights and sounds of New Orleans's… more

The Historic New…

Jun 27 - Oct 21, 2017
The Historic New Orleans Collection's Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for… more

Chicken on the Bone…

Jun 28 - Dec 6, 2017
Want to enjoy some nightlife? No trip to New Orleans is complete if you have… more

Comedy Gold hosted by…

Jun 28, 2017 - Jan 07, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages (content may not be appropriate for all ages).… more

Gordon Biersch…

Jun 28, 2017 - Feb 27, 2019
Come enjoy the  monthly Brewer's dinner where the Chef and Head Brewmaster… more

Royal Sonesta Hotel…

Jun 28 - 28, 2017
Join us every Wednesday  at the Royal Sonesta for the… more

The Maison Presents -…

Jun 28 - Jul 26, 2017
The New Orleans Jazz Vipers play a free dinner show at The Maison every… more

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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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