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An Executive Chef for a Doorman?
By Tom Adkinson

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Marriott Chef and Doorman; image by Tom Adkinson.

ARLINGTON, Va. – Tracy McMillan, executive chef at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, Va., holds the door for a departing guest – and not because she just happened to be walking through the lobby and saw the need. McMillan, twice Marriott’s chef of the year, was standing duty as the doorman as part of a program that puts members of the hotel’s management team in guest-contact roles. McMillan said the program has several benefits, including allowing guests opportunities to interact with people in various hotel positions and, she acknowledges with a smile, giving her a change of scenery. The 585-room Key Bridge Marriott was the second Marriott hotel built and now is the oldest standing property with a Marriott flag. It is a short walk across Key Bridge from the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C., and the hotel’s top-floor ballroom offers a panoramic view of the Potomac River.

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Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, Va; image by Tom Adkinson.

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(Travel writer Tom Adkinson’s new book, 100 Things To Do in Nashville Before You Die, is available at

Published December 27, 2018

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