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A Louisiana Parlor:…

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Ashe Cultural Arts…

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Clyde & Iggy

Oct 6 - Dec 31, 2015
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Collective Media…

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Hell Yes Fest

Oct 6 - 11, 2015
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Newcomb Art Museum of…

Oct 06, 2015 - Jan 03, 2016
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The Foundation…

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The Historic New…

Oct 06, 2015 - Jan 09, 2016
The Historic New Orleans Collection marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane… more

The Photography of…

Oct 06, 2015 - Mar 01, 2016
The Photography of Modernist Cuisine: The Exhibition, a collection of over 50… more

The Sweat Social…

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alt-J Concert

Oct 7 - 7, 2015
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Lakefront Arena…

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Noontime Talk with…

Oct 7 - 7, 2015
Join Dr. Catherine Clinton, Denman Chair of American History at the University… more

Saenger Theater…

Oct 7 - 7, 2015
THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS, the provocative and wickedly funny theatrical adaptation… more

7th Annual Pumpkin…

Oct 6 - 31, 2015
The Lutcher/Gramercy Lions Club presents its 7th Annual Pumpkin Patch at the… more

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

Media Contact:
Lindsay Bass
Senior Manager, Marketing & eCommerce
JW, Renaissance and Marriott Hotels of New Orleans
t: 301.460.4209


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

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