Q&A Michael Speller

What role does food and beverage play at RW?
It plays a large role in satisfying our guests and making their visit a complete experience. With the endless gaming opportunity and smorgasbord of cuisines this is an all-inclusive gaming haven.

How did you build your food and beverage team?
We selected a group of talented food and beverage professionals from the local market, as well as, some from around the country and brought together to create a world-class food and beverage experience.

Many gaming facilities bring in big name chefs, what is your approach?
Our approach is to use our talented culinary staff to create our own restaurant concepts, which will feature the highest quality products, crafting innovative and signature dishes. Partnering with big name chefs such as Wolfgang Puck is a big part of our co-branding and our own Chef Bruno Egea possess culinary talents that can create sumptuous delights rivaling the best chefs.

Was your goal to try to use local vendors for both construction and the daily sourcing of food and beverage?
Our goal was to work with MWBE vendors throughout the local community, along with local party and bread artisans who boast the best product in the country.

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Who designed and built the kitchen facilities?
JEM Associates, Inc. designed our outlets, with extensive input from the executive food and beverage team. The collaboration ensured that Resorts World Casino New York City would be able to create delectable and varying foreign cuisines that are found infiltrating Queens.

Talk about the jobs and boost to the local economy that RW/NY has created.
During difficult economic times throughout the country and in particular, Jamaica, Queens, Resorts World Casino New York City will hire over 1300 new employees, with over 800 in Food and Beverage through late December, 2011. We focused on hiring local applicants, which included approximately 63% Queens’ residents and the other 26% from the New York City Boroughs. Job creation is what the local area and country truly need. In addition to permanent jobs, we have also contracted vendors and temporary construction employees. This has boosted the local population by purchasing our required goods and services.

What are the career opportunities that Resorts World offer?
Resorts World Casino New York City offers career opportunities in all fields including, Administration, Human Resources, Finance, Marketing, Transportation, Slot Operations, Food and Beverage and Purchasing just to name a few. We are seeking positive, hard working, Image-conscious professionals interested in growing with our dynamic company.

Not the best economic times to open. …thoughts?
We feel Resorts World Casino New York City will create a significant entertainment experience for the New York region. This is only the beginning. The overall look, technology and customer experience will stimulate renewed interest for those interested in something new. We also feel the population density in this area will support this gaming venture and give individuals an intriguing entertainment experience. The 360 Bar with entertainment stage, largest electronic screen on the East Coast and overall ambience will become the place to be seen in
New York City.