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Marcus® Hotels & Resorts Names Travis Martinez as Pastry Chef of The Pfister Hotel

Martinez joins The Pfister’s premier culinary team with more than 10 years of pastry and baking experience

By - May 16th, 2017 11:00 am
Travis Martinez. Photo courtesy of Marcus Hotels & Resorts.

Travis Martinez. Photo courtesy of Marcus Hotels & Resorts.

Milwaukee, Wis., May 16, 2017. . . .The Pfister Hotel, owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, today announced the appointment of Travis Martinez as executive pastry chef. In his new role, he will be responsible for overseeing the production of all confections and chocolates within the historic downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin hotel.

Martinez joins The Pfister’s premier culinary team with more than 10 years of pastry and baking experience. He has worked as a pastry chef or baker at top luxury properties and casinos throughout the United States, including Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Potawatomi Resort & Casino in Milwaukee, and Table Mountain Casino in Friant, California. Prior to coming to The Pfister Hotel, Martinez served as a pastry chef and chocolatier for JinJu Chocolates in Las Vegas, an award-winning artisan shop known for its gourmet, hand-crafted chocolates. In 2015, Martinez was also a finalist for the Food Network’s season 1 of “Cake Wars: Christmas,” where he competed with other pastry chefs and food artists from around the country to create decadent Christmas themed dessert displays.

Martinez received a professional certificate in baking and pastry from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco.

About The Pfister Hotel

The Pfister Hotel has been the premier hotel in downtown Milwaukee for over 120 years. Originally built in 1893 by businessman Guido Pfister, it was the most lavish hotel of its time. The hotel’s storied elegance had faded following World War II, until 1962, when Ben Marcus, founder of The Marcus Corporation, purchased this grand hotel out of bankruptcy. The Marcus family renovated and restored the hotel to its original glory, adding convention facilities, a parking garage and 23-story guest tower. The Pfister Hotel remains home to the largest collection of Victorian art of any hotel in the world, and offers an interactive augmented reality tour of pieces in this impressive collection.

Today, The Pfister Hotel continues its tradition of gracious service and impeccable style, and has been recognized for 41 consecutive years by AAA as a Four-Diamond property. In 2017, The Pfister Hotel was ranked the No. 1 Best Milwaukee Hotel by U.S. News & World Report.  This exceptional property is a member of two prestigious hotel organizations, Historic Hotels of America and Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. The Pfister Hotel is located at 424 E. Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Milwaukee. For more information, please visit and follow the hotel on Facebook and Twitter (@PfisterHotel).

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