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Top-Notch Chefs Celebrating Local Austin Food

Howard Porter was recently named Executive Chef of The Westin Austin at The Domain where he will oversee food operations for the entire hotel including Urban American Grill. Previously, Porter was the Executive Sous Chef for the JW Marriott Austin, the largest hotel in Austin.  In addition to recruiting and training staff, Porter masterminded the restaurant concept for the Edge Rooftop Poolbar & Cabanas, including designing the menu and kitchen layout. Porter was also responsible for rolling out a hotel compost program. During his time at the JW Marriott Austin, he oversaw the large banquets and catering operation which was ranked #1 in guest satisfaction for JW Marriott brand.


Prior to his time at The JW Marriott Austin, Porter worked in kitchens from the Ritz-Carlton Singapore to Culinary Concepts by Jean Georges in Washington D.C.  His culinary training was in Philadelphia’s luxurious The Park Hyatt and The Ritz-Carlton Hotels. Inspired by seasonal vegetables and Texas gulf seafood and game, Porter brings forth bold flavors in his food with a range of techniques and presentations from around the globe. 

The goal of the culinary team at Urban is to bring the focus local, carefully selecting menu items that are environmentally conscious, celebrating local Austin foods and ingredients with an emphasis on adhering to sustainable culinary practices. Austin dining at urban guarantees the incorporation of ultra-fresh ingredients and seasonal local fare that is both refined and innovative.