From Culinary Administrator to Bistro Manager, Taylor began his career in hospitality after graduating from New York Film Academy and receiving some surprising career advice from Anthony Bourdain.
Whether managing a BOH staff of 40 for Houston’s award-winning resort and convention centers to a lean-but-mean scratch kitchen crew at The Woodlands (#1 Best City to Live in the US – Niche.com) tony restaurant district, Taylor has the management acumen to enable restaurants and properties dramatically increase revenue and improve guest engagement.
Taylor joined Hilton as Executive Chef to open the hotel’s new restaurant and bar to maximize the property’s close proximity to the #1 Best Selling Live Entertainment Outdoor Venue in the US — Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Within 1 year, Taylor’s menu creation, staff management, and program development directly resulted in 35% YoY sales growth for F&B.
F&B Director of premiere hotel and convention center with 24/7 dining and close proximity to PGA resorts. Developed and rolled-out brand and strategic partnerships with Live Nation, Jimmy Buffett, and Backstreet Boys events.
Executive Chef responsible for kitchen turn-around for start-up restaurant competing with new openings at adjacent Westin and Marriott hotels. Effectively positioned for ownership’s exit with restaurant acquisition by new investors.
Chef de Partie to Houston’s upscale eatery with creative seafood & steak fare, plus a wine cellar.
The Woodlands Resort
Starting out in Guest Services and Marketing, upon completion of the Howard Hughes Management Training Program, Taylor transitioned as Culinary Administrator after 2 years as Chef’s Apprentice, Lead Line Cook to then F&B.
Navigator Lounge; Howard Hughes Bistro
Hilton Curio The Woodlands
Executive Chef @ Baja Cantina
Executive Chef @ Hilton The Woodlands; Live Nation Concerts @ CWMP; Taste of the Town — Woodlands Waterway
The Woodlands Resort & Convention Center
Chefs’ Apprentice @ Howard Hughes Hospitality; Food & Wine; Taste of the Town award winning teams
Hospitality Client-Partners in Manila, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Tokyo