ORLANDO (July 22, 2021) — To Michael McMullen, the new executive chef at Rosen Centre in Orlando, it is the little things that count when impressing the 1334-room hotel’s tens of thousands of guests each year.
“Whether we are preparing an olive-crusted Chilean Sea Bass for one guest at our award-winning Everglades restaurant or a five-course catered extravaganza for 1,000 in our Grand Ballroom, one thing remains the same: it is the attention to detail that sets us apart,” said McMullen, who is excited to take the helm, overseeing Rosen Centre’s nine dining outlets and catering for groups utilizing the hotel’s 150,000 sq. ft. of luxurious meeting and event space.
His culinary philosophy is measured — a little goes a long way. Blessed with a diverse, international team of long-time Rosen chefs, he encourages each to draw upon their most memorable childhood flavors, unconventional seasonings and cultural spices and to subtly meld these into unexpected dish enhancements for the American palate.
Trained at the American Culinary Federation and via stints at Five Diamond resorts in Orlando, Chef Mike arrived at Rosen Hotels & Resorts 15 years ago to serve in the role as executive chef at sister property Rosen Plaza, before now moving to Rosen Centre.
“One of the best days of my professional career was when I found this incredible hotel company, Rosen Hotels & Resorts,” said Chef Mike. “Our guests are varied, yet all seem to appreciate the Rosen value we provide. In one day, my staff can be challenged with developing a healthy menu to appeal to a youth group, creating made-from-scratch soups and sauces for our restaurants and preparing a gourmet awards dinner for our more discerning business clientele.
“Ultimately, it takes a dedicated team to provide an incredible experience with food,” says Chef Mike. “From the dishwashers to the bartenders, from the line cooks to the servers, through to leadership, the goal is to land a perfect 10 every time!”
The impressive 24-story Rosen Centre Hotel is ideally connected to the Orange County Convention Center and soars high above all of International Drive’s best nightlife, shopping and attractions. An ideal meetings headquarters hotel and luxurious leisure retreat, guests relish in the most impressive venue, accommodations and amenities in Orlando. After relaxing at The Spa at Rosen Centre, basking in the sun at the outdoor Olympic-size tropical pool or building up an appetite at the full-service fitness center, guests will find the hotels’ nine dining and lounging options ready to serve.
For a leisurely, fine dining experience, the whimsical atmosphere of Everglades restaurant and an inventive Southern-inspired menu charms guests with a sophisticated taste of Florida. Here, impeccable prime steaks and fresh seafood are presented, while taste buds are drawn to discover regional specialties like Gator Chowder.
Harry’s Poolside Bar & Grill transports guests on a Caribbean escape, while 98 Forty Tapas & Tequila’s fresh Mexican fare and Banshoo Sushi’s colorful sushi rolls round out more international offerings. Located off the hotel’s main lobby, Café Gauguin has something for everyone with three-times-daily buffets and extensive menu options. Nearby, Sam & Bubbe’s Lobby Bar delights with craft cocktails to enjoy with over-stuffed blintzes and cultural favorites unique to I-Drive.
Rosen Centre Hotel is located at 9840 International Drive, Orlando, Fla. 32819. For more information, please visit RosenCentre.com or call 407-996-9840.