Leading the imaginative culinary experience at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is Executive Chef, Chris Masco. From Italian to Southwestern, Mediterranean to Kosher cuisines, Masco’s 20 years of experience with diverse culinary traditions bring a fine love and understanding of culture to the Resort’s culinary team. Masco leads a team of nearly 100 members in servicing all ten dining establishments at the Resort and also oversees all banquet events throughout the Resort’s more than 200,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space.
Chef Chris Masco began his cooking career studying at the renowned Culinary Institute of America, where he demonstrated both his skill and drive for success at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, winning the gold medal for cold food presentation. Since his graduation in 1996, Masco has maintained his commitment to excellence, bringing dining distinction to some of the country’s finest restaurants, hotels and resorts including: Japanese American, Sundance Resorts, The Hyatt Regency Atlanta and Westin Hotels and Resorts.
From his early achievements, Masco has brought his superior talent and dedication to his endeavors, earning such recognition as “Best American Cuisine” and a Mobile Four Star award. In 2000, he was chosen to represent Hyatt at the American Food Festival in Thesssalonki, Greece, where he shared his skill and knowledge of American cuisine with the Ambrosia Restaurant, creating menus and performing at food functions for the American Ambassador of Greece. In 2007, Masco spent time in Tokyo, Japan teaching American cuisine to Tokyo locals and implementing American menus at the Westin Kyoto and Westin Tokyo.