February 20-24, 2019 Miami Beach
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Ilkay Suuctugu

Chef Ilkay Suuctugu’s first foray into the culinary world began when she studied Culinary Science and Hospitality Management in her homeland of Turkey. After graduating, she first landed in the United States in 2006 to work at the Marriott Hutchinson Island, Florida as a prep cook, knowing little to no English. Surely enough, with hard work and determination, Ilkay swiftly navigated through the kitchen and within the ranks of Marriott. By 2011, Ilkay began flawlessly executing large scale events and was quickly promoted to Banquet Chef. Her career then took her to Phoenix, Arizona to... READ MORE

Chef Ilkay Suuctugu’s first foray into the culinary world began when she studied Culinary Science and Hospitality Management in her homeland of Turkey. After graduating, she first landed in the United States in 2006 to work at the Marriott Hutchinson Island, Florida as a prep cook, knowing little to no English. Surely enough, with hard work and determination, Ilkay swiftly navigated through the kitchen and within the ranks of Marriott. By 2011, Ilkay began flawlessly executing large scale events and was quickly promoted to Banquet Chef. Her career then took her to Phoenix, Arizona to be a part of the JW Marriott Dessert Ridge Hotel as a Sous Chef in 2013, and she successfully opened their signature restaurant, Stone Grill. Within a year, she was sought out to join a brand new concept at The Miami Beach EDITION. After successfully launching the hotel as Sous Chef at Tropicale restaurant, Ilkay was swiftly promoted to her current position as Executive Sous Chef for the entire property. While overseeing all of the hotel’s Jean-Georges Vongerichten concepts, Chef Ilkay continues to bring her fresh perspective to the table and be a female pioneer in her field. She most recently went to assist with the opening of The Bodrum EDITION in Turkey, bringing her rewarding career full circle.

Among her most notable accomplishments within the last eight years at Marriott International, Ilkay was among a handful of chefs selected to present an Executive Tasting Panel for the global company’s Chairman Bill Marriott and CEO Arne Sorenson. She also became one of the Marriott Global Women’s Chef Council members.

In her free time, Ilkay spends time with her four year-old daughter Mila and their beautiful dog Zoe.

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