Bourbon Steak Nashville Hires New Executive Chef

Veteran Executive Sous Chef Dmitriy Kakuschke Promoted to Executive Chef of the Award-Winning Steakhouse atop JW Marriott Nashville.

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE (September 1, 2022) – Bourbon Steak, Nashville’s premier American steakhouse located on the 34th floor of JW Marriott Nashville, announced the promotion of Chef Dmitriy Kakuschke as the executive chef. Kakuschke has served as the executive sous chef of Bourbon Steak for the MINA Group since its opening in 2018. Created by Michelin-starred Chef Michael Mina, Bourbon Steak Nashville totes a myriad of awards and accolades including #1 Restaurant in Nashville, Best Steakhouse and Wine Spectator Award of Excellence to name a few.

Kakuschke is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Miami, Florida, and a previous associate of the Fontainebleau Hotel and Resort in Miami Beach. Following this role, Kakuschke served as a chef de partie and then junior sous chef at JW Marriott Marquis Dubai. Originally from Kiev, Ukraine, Kakuschke grew up in South Florida but has considered Nashville home since 2018 when he moved to Music City to help open Bourbon Steak. In this role, Kakuschke will oversee the restaurant’s culinary program and incorporate seasonality to the menu.

 “Chef Dmitry has been an integral part of the overall culinary team at JW Marriott Nashville, and his partnership with the previous executive chefs at Bourbon Steak has made the restaurant what it is today,” said JW Marriott Nashville general manager Fabrizio Calvo. “We know that he is committed to continuing the vision and success of Bourbon Steak alongside his team. We look forward to tasting his creative interpretations of classic steakhouse dishes and experiencing how he brings fresh seasonality to the menu.”

 Kakuschke will be replacing Chef Quentin Welch as Bourbon Steak Nashville executive chef. Welch joined Bourbon Steak Nashville in 2018 and became executive chef in 2021.



JW Marriott Nashville, Nashville’s first true luxury hotel brand and a Marriott International “Hotel of the Year” award winner, offers the ideal location in the heart of downtown, adjacent to the state-of-the-art Music City Center. JW Marriott offers 533 guestrooms, inclusive of 37 suites, featuring stunning skyline views from floor-to-ceiling windows along with a broad array of amenities, including Nashville’s top-rated restaurant and steakhouse, Bourbon Steak by Michelin Starred Chef Michael Mina. Offering a diverse setting for business, meeting and pleasure travel pursuits, the 33-story hotel features 77,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space, including a 15,000-sq. ft. Grand Ballroom, and 17,000- sq. ft. event lawn aptly named, The Green at JW. JW Marriott Nashville is conveniently situated within easy walking distance to Bridgestone Arena, Lower Broadway, Nissan Stadium, and the trendy Gulch neighborhood. Owned and operated by Turnberry Associates, JW Marriott Nashville is located at 201 8th Ave. South, Nashville, TN and officially opened its doors in July of 2018. To learn more, visit the official JW Marriott Nashville website or follow the hotel on social media via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.



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