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Meet Our Food & Beverage Team




Szilvia Viktória Szocs | Assistant General Manager Food and Beverage


Szilvia Viktória Szocs

Where are you from originally?
Budapest, Hungary

How long have you been with the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Ctr?
Since March 2016

How long have you lived in Denver?
Since May 28, 1998

What is your favorite thing about working at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport?
The people I meet here

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I like traveling and despite living in Colorado and not a huge outdoors person AT ALL.

What is your favorite place to eat in Denver?
ChoLon

What is your favorite childhood memory?
Playing with my dog Elza who was born the same year as I.

If you could meet any person (living, deceased, or fictional), who would it be?
MADONNA

 

Dave King | Executive Chef


chef dave king

Where are you from originally?
Colo native

How long have you been with the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Ctr?
Since early 2015

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How long have you lived in Denver?
47 years

What is your favorite thing about working at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport?
The team

What is your favorite place to eat in Denver?
Cherry Cricket

What is your favorite thing to do in Denver?
Denver Broncos

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I'm the grandpa of six grandsons.

Do you have any interesting collections?
I collect cookbooks

What is your favorite song or TV show?
I like Chopped, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and any song by AC/DC.

Anneka Kern | Executive Sous Chef


chef anneka kern

Where are you from originally?
I’m originally from Harrogate, England.

How long have you worked with the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport?
I have worked at Crowne Plaza Denver Airport since September 14th 2015.

What is your favorite thing about working at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport?
Meeting different people every day, and cooking of course.

What is your favorite thing to do in Denver?
I have a few favorite things: Frisbee Golf, going on hikes, and trying out new restaurants.

How long have you lived in Denver?
I’ve lived in Denver for 13 years.

What is your favorite childhood memory?
Riding horses with my mom, fishing with my grandpa, and when my grandpa and uncle hunted and they brought back the dead deer, I used to name them and wanted to help them clean it.

What is your favorite place to eat in Denver?
That’s a tough question, I have several places: Fruition, Euclid Hall, Fontana Sushi, Jerusalem, and Biker Jim’s.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I have 13+ tattoos, I love alternative music, I’ve cooked for President Obama, and I’m obsessed with frogs!

If you could meet any person (living, deceased, or fictional), who would it be?
I have several: Marilyn Monroe, Gordon Ramsay, Anthony Bourdain, and Jacques Pepin.

John Jeffries | Director of Event Operations


john jeffries

Where are you from originally?
West Virginia

How long have you worked with the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport?
Since June of 2016

What is your favorite thing about working at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport?
The People I work with and all the new challenges that will come my way.

What is your favorite thing to do in Denver?
Anything outdoors

Where did you go to school?
West Virginia University

How long have you lived in Denver?
Since 2013

What is your favorite place to eat in Denver?
Fire on the Mountain Wings

What are your favorite things to do in your free time?
Golfing, seeing live music, trying all of Colorado’s craft breweries

Do you have a favorite travel destination?
Jamaica

Tell us about your family.
My brother, sister-n-law, and two nieces that live in Parker CO

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
My first job was in a meat processing plant

If you could meet any person (living, deceased, or fictional), who would it be?
John Wooden

Do you have any interesting hobbies, collections, or habits?
Not really

What is your favorite childhood memory?
Going to NASCAR races with my family

What’s your favorite movie, song, or TV show?
Shark Tank

 

James A Toliver II | Assist Events Manager


james toliver

Where are you from originally?
I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado

How long have you been with the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Ctr?
I Have Worked for the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Since April 28 2015

What is your favorite thing about working at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport?
My favorite things about working for the Crowne are the events that we host & the people I get to meet

What is your favorite thing to do in Denver?
I’m a Huge Colorado Sports Fan Broncos, Rockies, Nuggets, Avalanche & CU Buffalos

What are your favorite things to do in your free time?
In my downtime, I enjoy jazz music & PlayStation games.

Bryan Selix | Outlet Manager


bryan selix

Where are you from originally?
Lincoln, NE

How long have you worked with the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport?
September 21, 2016

How long have you lived in Denver?
Two separate times for a total of 7 years

What is your favorite thing about working at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport?
Gaining additional F&B experience

What is your favorite thing to do in Denver?
Snowboard

What is your favorite place to eat in Denver?
Anywhere Thai or Indian

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I was in one of the top 25 collegiate choirs in the nation. I toured regionally in an acoustic rock band for 3 years and I now produce EDM

What is your favorite childhood memory?
Playing football and working with my dad on our classic vehicles

If you could meet any person (living, deceased, or fictional), who would it be?
Kaskade

 

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