The Sarasota Modern, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, part of Marriott International, Inc., has named J. Christopher Ayala as its new director of culinary. In this role, Ayala will be responsible for overseeing the hotel’s entire culinary operation, including Rudolph’s, in-room dining, and the catering and banquet offerings.
With more than a decade of high-level expertise, Ayala joins The Sarasota Modern from La Tienda Importing Company, where he served as executive chef. Known for his classic flavor combinations that are familiar and comforting, the Massachusetts-turned-Nashville native grew up cooking alongside his father in the kitchen at a young age.
Located in the heart of downtown, within the epicenter of the urban ‘Rosemary District,’ The Sarasota Modern is an 89-room luxury boutique hotel that fuses architecture with minimalist design and artistic flair, creating the ultimate space for the modern thinker. Inspired by European design and 1940s modernism in South Florida, the hotel blends indoor and outdoor living through seamless lines accessorized with two aqua pools, a hot tub and crisp white private cabanas, creating micro-paradises within a resort-style atmosphere.
The 10,000 square feet of meeting space, spa services and flavor at Rudolph’s, a curated restaurant and downtown Sarasota’s new hot spot for fresh, local cuisine.
Photo: J. Christopher Ayala (The Sarasota Modern)