David Sears, Executive Chef

David Sears is our new executive chef of Stoke and all culinary offerings at Charlotte Marriott City Center. Chef Sears is an accomplished chef who was has worked in kitchens and trained culinary professionals around the world.

Prior to joining our team in May 2022, Chef Sears where he worked as Area Executive Chef for Viceroy Hotel Group in Washington, DC. Chef Sears’ culinary background also includes the Marcus Samuelsson Group, Terranea Resorts and Hotel in Southern California, Waldorf-Astoria Orlando, Mandarin Oriental Washington, DC, and serving as a culinary trainer for the global brand Sushi Samba. Even more notable, he won Food Channel’s Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell in 2013, landing him the grand prize of Executive Chef for the NYC restaurant, Zengo, but Chef Sears declined and opted to take a job at Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach to be closer to family.

Chef Sears’ expertise in an immense range of cuisines and shaping young culinary talent brings new flavors and influential leadership to Stoke Restaurant and the hotel’s other culinary offerings, including banquets, private dining, and Coco & the Director coffee shop. 

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