Fontainebleau Miami Beach’s President and COO Philip Goldfarb has announced the appointment of Joshua Summers to Vice President of Operations, Food and Beverage and the promotion of Executive Chef Thomas Connell to the position of Vice President of Operations, Culinary and Chef Ryan Wilson to the position of Executive Chef. The three are longtime industry veterans with robust experience well-suited for the multi-million dollar operation and will work in concert to oversee various aspects of the hotel’s 1200+ food and beverage employees; 12 outlets including fine dining, casual restaurants, bars and lounges; in room-dining and more than 200,000 square feet of meeting and convention space.

Prior to joining the Fontainbleau in 2015, Joshua Summers  directed the Southeast Region for Stephen Starr Restaurants including the W Hotel Fort Lauderdale as well as Makoto in Bal Harbour Shops and Verde at the PAMM in Miami. He also served as Director of Beverage for the Mandalay Bay Resort at MGM Mirage in Las Vegas and worked several years with Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Mr. Summers will oversee the Italian restaurant Scarpetta, Hakkasan, the contemporary steakhouse StripSteak by Michael Mina and the nightclub Michael Mina 74.

Newly promoted Vice President of Operations,Culinary  Chef Connell has been with Fontainebleau Miami Beach for nearly five years. Before joining as Executive Chef in 2010, Chef Connell -a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York as well as the Institute of Culinary Arts in Palm Springs - began his career in Los Angeles and worked for several independent restaurants as well as The Grand Hyatt L.A. and the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. He went on to The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company for nearly 20 years and served as Executive Chef for the South Beach Ritz Carlton as well as the Hotel Arts in Barcelona, Spain.

Chef Ryan Wilson, the newly promoted Executive Chef of the 1500+ room hotel, has been with Fontainebleau for the past six years, first as Chef de Cuisine of La Côte in 2009, then as Executive Sous Chef of the hotel since 2010.  Chef Wilson, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York, honed his skills at two of Las Vegas’ most esteemed hotels – The Wynn and The Bellagio.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach is located at 4411 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach.  305-538-2000 or visit

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