Michael Urbin Named Executive Chef at MGM Grand Detroit

Urbin will oversee all of the property’s food sourcing and costing, banquet and meeting coordination and staff hiring, training and development

Online PR News – 31-August-2011 – – MGM Grand Detroit has named Michael Urbin as Executive Chef. The announcement was made by General Manager Steve Zanella.

In this position, Urbin will oversee all of the property’s food sourcing and costing, banquet and meeting coordination and staff hiring, training and development. He also will continue to manage MGM Grand Detroit’s five restaurants, which include Wolfgang Puck Grille, SALTWATER, Bourbon Steak, Palette Dining Studio and Breeze Dining Court, banquet facilities and employee dining areas, coordinating all menus, themes, presentations and taste for property chefs.

Urbin joined MGM Grand Detroit in 1999 as sous chef in the buffet and quickly moved through the property’s dining facilities. In 2007, he was named Assistant Executive Chef. He has more than 23 years of experience as a culinary professional, working in several metropolitan Detroit restaurants, including Tres Vite, Venti Uno and The Hollywood Brown Derby.

“Chef Michael Urbin has worked tirelessly for the food and beverage department at MGM Grand Detroit for more than 10 years,” said Zanella. “We are all looking forward to the new ideas he will bring to our restaurants and banquet facilities as Executive Chef.”

The Ann Arbor resident attended Eastern Michigan University where he studied finance.

About MGM Grand Detroit
A Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond Award-winning hotel, MGM Grand Detroit is the city's first and only downtown hotel, gaming, and entertainment destination built from the ground up. The hotel features 400 chic and stylish guest rooms, including nine rooftop VIP suites and 56 opulent corner suites. Guests can enjoy three signature restaurants by two of the world’s preeminent celebrity chefs: Wolfgang Puck and Michael Mina; in-room dining by Puck in addition to casual restaurants; lounges, including a relaxed piano-style bar; high-energy nightlife; the only resort-style spa in southeast Michigan; and 30,000 square feet of meeting space capable of hosting everything from large corporate events to intimate black-tie engagements. MGM Grand Detroit is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International™ (NYSE: MGM). For more information, visit www.mgmgranddetroit.com or call toll free at (888) 646-3387.

About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM ) is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a peerless portfolio of destination resort brands, including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company has significant holdings in gaming, hospitality and entertainment, owns and operates 15 properties located in Nevada, Mississippi and Michigan, and has 50% investments in four other properties in Nevada, Illinois and Macau. One of those investments is City Center, an unprecedented urban resort destination on the Las Vegas Strip featuring its centerpiece ARIA Resort & Casino. Leveraging MGM Resorts' unmatched amenities, the M life loyalty program delivers one-of-a-kind experiences, insider privileges and personalized rewards for guests at the Company's renowned properties nationwide. Through its hospitality management subsidiary, the Company holds a growing number of development and management agreements for casino and non-casino resort projects around the world. MGM Resorts International supports responsible gaming and has implemented the American Gaming Association's Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming at its gaming properties. The Company has been honored with numerous awards and recognitions for its industry-leading Diversity Initiative, its community philanthropy programs and the Company's commitment to sustainable development and operations. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's Web site at www.mgmresorts.com.