Meet The Staff

Orchids at Palm Court is proud to have world-class chefs, offering only the freshest and most innovative cuisine. Meet our chefs, and learn how these artisans have honed their craft.

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Executive Chef Maxime Kien

Maxime Kien grew up in the south of France in the Cote d’Azur region surrounded by the bountiful natural beauty that is the French Riviera. From the age of 16, starting as a dishwasher to pay for school, he studied cooking, attending culinary school and earning three different French culinary degrees by the time he was 20. Maxime applied his hard earned skills in the finest hotels and restaurants on the French Riviera, from the Hotel Negresco in Nice to the Hotel de Paris in Monte-Carlo, before relocating to London (speaking no English) to work at the acclaimed La Tante Claire. After four years working alongside French Chef Alain Allard, Maxime decided to cross the pond and relocated to Atlanta to work for Master Chef Joel Antunes at The Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead, and then later joined the opening team for the nationally acclaimed restaurant Joel. When the InterContinental Hotel in Buckhead opened in 2004, Maxime was recruited as Chef de Cuisine for Au Pied de Cochon, the 24 hour French Brasserie where he worked for the next four years. Las Vegas called and Maxime found himself working first at the Paris Hotel as Chef de Cuisine for the Fine Dining Restaurant and then as the Chef de Cuisine for the Venetian overseeing some of the biggest kitchens on the Las Vegas Strip. Continuing his American journey, Maxime joined the reopening team at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans as Assistant Executive Chef, but returned once again to Las Vegas in 2013 as Assistant Executive Chef for three Caesars Entertainment properties on the Strip. Most recently he worked for the Hilton Hotels as a Task Force Executive Chef in Florida and Chicago before taking the helm as the Executive Chef at the new Hilton Cleveland. During his culinary career Maxime has cooked for esteemed guests including rock stars, famous actors, Kings, Queens and Presidents. He is looking forward to making your next dining experience a memorable event!

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Pastry Chef Megan Ketover

As a child, Megan Ketover read every cookbook she could, leading to her first job at a Cincinnati bakery, before later graduating summa cum laude from the Midwest Culinary Institute. In 2009, she won the American Culinary Federation’s Pastry Chef of the Year-Northeast Region, and has also competed on the Food Network’s Challenge, and Bravo’s Top Chef: Just Desserts.

Megan incorporates her passion for the art and science of baking through the desserts, breads, candy and pastry she creates for the French-inspired restaurant and hotel.

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Maître D' Meredith Rakel

Meredith is the Maître d’ and dining room manager of Orchids at Palm Court. She is a Level II Sommelier and has 12+ years of experience in fine dining restaurants. She spent many of those 12 years in New York City in several positions at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse and Del Frisco’s Grill including Company Trainer, Wine Sommelier and Floor Manager. Meredith is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of the Miami University of Ohio.