A once-familiar face in Kansas City's culinary scene, chef Marshall Roth (who was the executive chef at the Hollywood Casino's Final Cut steakhouse before moving to Wichita last March) will be in Kansas City for a visit next month. Roth will be attending the September 13 grand opening of the new Ambassador Hotel at 1111 Grand. This week, Roth joined the Tulsa-based boutique hotel chain's family.
Roth, who has spent the last six months working as executive chef at the Hawker Beechcraft Global Delivery Center in Wichita, was hired to be executive chef for the new Ambassador Hotel in Wichita. Like the Kansas City property in the old Gate City Bank Building, the Wichita Ambassador Hotel — slated to open in December — is a boutique lodging venue in a historic downtown building (the former Henry's Men's Clothing Store at 420 East Douglas). Roth will oversee the kitchen at the uncompleted hotel's Siena Tuscan Steakhouse.
"I was not unhappy at Hawker," Roth says. "But I was at an event for wichita.com a month ago and met the general manager for the new hotel, Michael Friml. We started talking about the new property, and he told me they really needed a chef. I thought, 'What the hell' and decided to throw my hat into the ring. They had me come to Tulsa to do a menu tasting, and two days later I was hired. I'm really excited."
Roth was the executive chef at Kansas City's Phillips House hotel for a year in 2008 before being wooed away by the Cordish Companies for the Power & Light District.
"I'm still at Hawker right now," Roth says. "I gave them a month's notice so I can help with the transition. But I can do a little moonlighting for the Ambassador Hotel after hours until I officially start there next month. This is a really awesome opportunity."
Roth says he's looking forward to seeing Kansas City's Ambassador property and meeting that hotel's chef, Geoffrey van Glabbeek, who oversees the Reserve restaurant.