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JW Marriott Las Vegas adds two new hires

4 September 2018

(PRESS RELEASE) -- JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa, and its premier restaurant Hawthorn Grill, are heating things up in the kitchen with addition of two new culinary team members. Food & Beverage industry veteran Perry Wiley is the new Vice President of Food & Beverage and oversees resort culinary programs, while Megan Shaver returns to her JW Marriott Las Vegas home, taking the helm at Hawthorn Grill as Executive Chef.

“We’re very excited to have both of these food and beverage superstars at the resort,” says general manager Michael Gaughan Jr. “Perry’s experience in the industry is invaluable to us and we’re so pleased Megan has returned to her home at JW Marriott to continue her culinary career.”

Hailing from Gulf Coast in both Texas and Louisiana, Perry Wiley brings more than 30 years of food and beverage experience to the resort and looks forward to launch several new concepts at JW Marriott as part of his role as Vice President of Food & Beverage. Studying and training in New Orleans he was the first in his family to receive a degree, a B.S. in Business Management from the University of New Orleans, and started his culinary career alongside celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse at the five star Commanders Palace. From there he went on to open a variety of new restaurants and hotels while expanding his experience in food and beverage management at Presque Isle Downs & Casino in Erie, Pennsylvania; The Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia, Vail Cascade Resort and Spa in Vail, Colorado; Ameristar Vicksburg, Mississippi; Marriott Bay Point Resort Golf & Yacht Club in Panama City Beach, Florida; and Crowne Plaza in Houston, Texas. Wiley directly moved to the Las Vegas area from Alabama, where he was at PCH Hotels & Resorts and Director of Food and Beverage at the Renaissance Hotel, Spa and Convention Center in Montgomery. His spare time is devoted to traveling, including anywhere he can deep sea fish or scuba dive.

After four years away from the popular Summerlin resort, Megan Shaver returns to JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa, officially controlling the kitchen at Hawthorn Grill. As Executive Chef, Shaver combines her culinary expertise with her knowledge of the resort and its clientele to make crave-worthy menu items for all dining guests. Growing up a quiet child in update New York and being influenced by her neighbor, the popular TV Chef Mr. Food, Shaver began cooking at 11 years old and honed her interest in all things culinary obtaining a B.S. in Nutrition from Russell Sage College, then moving to receiving a degree from the Culinary Institute of America. She was afforded the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Puerto Rico learning about food, nutrition and culture, and also had the opportunity to work on two James Beard Award dinners with FIG Restaurant and Five Fifty-Five. She has a long history with Marriott and returns to the resort after being at the JW Marriott Las Vegas from 2007-2014. After initially leaving in 2014, she spent time in Colorado (Art Hotel and Inverness Hotel & Conference Center), then traveled to the Virgin Islands where she was at Marriott’s Frenchman’s Reef from 2016-2017, and then 9 months at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. In her early career, Shaver spent some time cooking on the East Coast and four years at the Four Seasons Resort at Manele Bay in Hawaii. She is also an avid traveler and loves the opportunity being a chef gives her to experience new places and cuisines.

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