Meet our Culinary Team at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center

If you’ve ever dined with us at The Class Act Restaurant, than you know our culinary team has an exciting vision and passion for creating delicious food. We want you to get to know our talented team better and learn more about what drives their passion for food.

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We are pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Vido as executive chef for The Hotel at Kirkwood Center. Jim oversees banquets, catering, and The Class Act Restaurant. Having earned his AAS in Culinary Arts from Kirkwood, he is thrilled to be back. Jim has a rich culinary background, having worked at The Vue Rooftop & Hilton Garden Inn in Iowa City, played a significant role in opening Hotel Millwright in Amana, and even owned and operated The Ladora Bank Bistro in Ladora. We invite you to experience Jim’s cuisine at The Class Act Restaurant soon!

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SOUS CHEF: Aiden Wheat

Meet Adin Wheat, a culinary virtuoso with over 30 years of experience. His journey began at 13 under Master Chef Hiroshi Hayashi, leading him to culinary adventures across the US and Italy. Adin has left his mark at renowned establishments like Jeff’s Maine Seafood, Crescent Moon Bakery, and Paradise Guest Ranch. For 18 years, he co-founded Café Dodici in Washington, IA, and showcased his talents at Cedar Ridge Winery and Cedar River Landing. Now, Adin brings his expertise to The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, eager to collaborate with a talented team and elevate the dining experience for all guests.

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Introducing Cat Grimsley, our esteemed Pastry Chef at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, where her sweet creations adorn our dessert menus. With a rich culinary background, Cat has honed her skills as a baker for Zin’s, The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, and as a Pastry Chef at Bread Garden Market. At The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, Cat's expertise and dedication to the craft elevate our dessert experience, leaving guests with memorable tastes of indulgence.

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BANQUET CHEF: Marcela Billmeyer

Introducing Marcela Billmeyer (Barrera), a mother of two and born in Mexico City, Mexico. Raised in the US from a young age, Marcela's culinary journey began cooking with her grandparents, Silvia and Guillermo. Starting at Pizza Ranch, Marcela has worked her way up, joining Kirkwood in 2015. Graduating from the Kirkwood Culinary Arts program in 2016, Marcela's dedication led to her promotion to Banquet Chef. Family is Marcela's foundation, and she sees mealtime as a cherished opportunity to unite loved ones. At The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, Marcela's passion for food and family converge, creating unforgettable dining experiences for guests.