Wayne Whinna is the Director of Food & Beverage for the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers and The Manhattan Times Square Hotel, a 2400 Room Hotel Complex with nearly 40 Million Dollars of Food & Beverage Revenue. Both hotels are managed by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Wayne has 40 years of experience working in the Food & Beverage Hospitality sector. He began his career in his home-town of Chicago, Illinois and has worked in such cities as Baltimore, Oklahoma City and Houston before arriving in the NYC Metro Area, some 18 years ago.
Wayne Whinna’s NYC debut was in 1993 at the renowned St. Regis New York Hotel where he served as the Executive Chef for three years. He moved across the river as the opening Executive Chef for the Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel and was promoted to Director of Food & Beverage. During his time in New Jersey Wayne also worked as Executive Chef with the Park Avenue Club and Short Hills Caterers. In 1997 he returned to New York as the Executive Chef for the Sheraton New York and during his tenure has served in key support roles for the New York and New Jersey area. In 2000 he was promoted to Director of Food & Beverage for the Sheraton New York Complex
Wayne is an active member of the Food & Beverage Association of America and was awarded the F&B President’s Award by the Association in 2002. Wayne is also a member of the Escoffier Society.
Wayne is active in the community and has served as a College Professor with Hudson Community College providing instruction to students interested in pursuing a career in the Culinary Arts and has worked for the past ten years with the Children’s Aid Society of New York providing meals to residents’ of the Harlem Community during the holiday season. Wayne is a member of the Executive Committee of the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers and the Manhattan Times Square Hotel.
Wayne currently resides in Old Bridge, New Jersey with his wife Susan and their two daughters.