The Drake Hotel Names New Executive Chef

Chef Franco Diaz Returns To Chicago To Lead Culinary Team

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June 26, 2013

CHICAGO - The Drake Hotel welcomes its newest addition, Executive Chef Franco Diaz. Born and raised in Bensenville, Ill. Diaz is excited to bring his worldly talent back to where his lifelong passion for cooking began -Chicago.

Diaz's passion for food and the culinary arts was ignited at a young age. This passion stayed with him when he began his culinary studies at Kendall College, earning his degree in Culinary Management. Throughout the years, he was able to hone his skills and depth of knowledge. He most recently was involved in the launching of two St. Regis luxury properties in Princeville, Hawaii and Bal Harbour, Fla. Under his guidance, the St. Regis Resort Bal Harbour was named a AAA five diamond hotel three months after opening. Before his time with St. Regis, Diaz was banquet chef at the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago. It was there where he was selected to explore and perfect his craft participating in an exchange chef program at the Michelin rated Victoria Young Frau Hotel in Switzerland.

Moving back to the state where his culinary roots were planted, Diaz is focused on bringing in the best quality of ingredients from around world to incorporate in the development of new  menus. "To be welcomed into such a well-known establishment within the industry and community is an honor," Diaz stated. With his seasoned talent and extensive experience in the culinary world, Chef Diaz is committed to delivering great food and excellent service forguests.

About The Drake Hotel
Since 1920, The Drake has remained committed to its distinguished service and historic traditions. Located on Chicago's Magnificent Mile, The Drake Hotel offers 535 guest rooms and five on-site dining facilities. For more information about The Drake and its history, visit


Nicole Mieske
The Drake Hotel
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