Davidson Hotels names new corporate executive chef

The Sea Porch Restaurant at the Don CeSar Hotel in St. Pete Beach, Fla.

Davidson Hotels & Resorts introduced David Mullen as the new corporate executive chef reporting directly to Steve Kilroy, VP of food and beverage. Mullen plans to advance the existing food-and-beverage program to a higher, more sophisticated standard, effectively distinguishing Davidson Hotels & Resorts and Pivot Hotels & Resorts from its competitors and bringing the culinary experience in hospitality to the next level.

Mullen joined Davidson Hotels & Resorts in August 2017 with more than 20 years of culinary experience in the hospitality industry. Mullen was most recently in Utah with the Sundance Resort where during his tenure, he was the executive chef of nine culinary outlets and Zoom restaurant in Park City, managing more than 100 team members. While at Sundance, he coordinated and developed menus for all food-and-beverage operations, including spa and wellness retreats, where his work resulted in the Forbes 4 Star Award three consecutive years for leadership at the Tree Room.

Prior to his career at Sundance, Mullen already knew he had a taste for the culinary world. Growing up in California, he was exposed to a variety of cultures, foods, flavors and techniques; he ultimately graduated from The California Culinary Academy and completed an apprenticeship under Julian Serrano at Masa’s, kick-starting his career path and leading him to work with some of the finest names in contemporary American dining establishments, including Laurent Tourondel, Wylie Dufressne and Daniel Boulud. Taking on the chef de cuisine role at Angle Ritz-Carlton in Palm Beach, Fla., allowed Mullen to gain extensive experience, earning him a 2008 StarChefs.com South Florida Rising Stars Award and accelerating to executive chef at Miami’s Michael Mina Bourbon Steak in the same year. Mullen’s talent has also awarded him the Forbes Four Stars for Apex award while he was the executive chef de cuisine at the Montage Deer Valley Resort.

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“We envision David’s passion and talent elevating us to a new level of culinary skillset,” Kilroy said. “The Davidson and Pivot teams believe Chef Mullen brings the expertise that we have been seeking and will truly position us as leaders in the Food and Beverage category, setting us apart from our peers, creating greater vertical abilities while creating inspiration and adding value to our partnerships.”