Simon Bowker joined the JW Marriott Nashville team in March 2018 as the Executive Chef. As head of the culinary division, Bowker oversees all food and beverage operations for banquets, catering and the hotel’s outlets – renowned Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina, Stompin Grounds and Stompin Grounds Market. Prior to joining the JW Marriott Nashville,...Read More
Simon Bowker joined the JW Marriott Nashville team in March 2018 as the Executive Chef. As head of the culinary division, Bowker oversees all food and beverage operations for banquets, catering and the hotel’s outlets – renowned Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina, Stompin Grounds and Stompin Grounds Market. Prior to joining the JW Marriott Nashville, Bowker served as the Executive Sous Chef at the historic Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach. At Fontainebleau, he oversaw culinary operations for over 200,000 square feet of event space and 11 outlets, including three world-famous signature restaurants, Hakkasan, Scarpetta and STRIPSTEAK by Michael Mina. Chef Simon credits his development as a culinary leader to his time working under the resort’s well-respected VP of Culinary Operations and Executive Chef Thomas Connell.
Before moving to the United States, Chef Simon worked as the Sous Chef of the Vineyard Hotel at Stockcross, a two-star Michelin restaurant based in Berkshire, UK. While there, the restaurant was voted 8th Best Restaurant in the United Kingdom by the internationally renowned Good Food Guide. Before his time at the Vineyard, Chef Bowker worked at the iconic Burj Al Arab in Dubai, the world’s only seven-star hotel, where he was first exposed to luxury service at the highest of standards. Bowker studied at the Kendal College of Culinary Arts in England and received his formative training under acclaimed Chef Eric Bruce at the Belfry Hotel and Golf Resort in Birmingham, home of the Ryder Cup. Bowker’s exquisite talents have allowed him the honor of cooking for many well-known dignitaries, including Former Presidents of the United States.
Through his travels and over 22 years of experience in kitchens around the world, Chef Bowker brings a unique international flair to his culinary executions. He enjoys the process of creating – experimenting with food, developing menus and building teams of passionate and professional culinarians. Bowker notes Chef John Campbell, one of the UK’s most celebrated chefs, as one of his most influential mentors – teaching him the importance of combining complex elements into dishes that look and feel simple and natural. Chef
Bowker has a true love of food that began at an early age in his home kitchen, where he was inspired by his father, also a professional chef. He is thrilled to bring his culinary inspirations from around the world to the Music City market, creating unforgettable experiences for each and every JW Marriott Nashville guest.