Taste of Waldorf Astoria Travels West for Third Annual Culinary Competition
Renowned Chefs Face Off at the Soon-to-Open Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
MCLEAN, Va - Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Hilton's (NYSE: HLT) iconic luxury brand, today announces the relocation of the third annual Taste of Waldorf Astoria culinary competition event, presented by Visa to the highly-anticipated Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, opening in June 2017. As part of the global culinary program in partnership with the James Beard Foundation (JBF), five Waldorf Astoria Executive Chefs and five JBF Rising Star Chef Semi-Finalists will compete on July 12 to be named the winner of this year's Taste of Waldorf Astoria.
Now in its third year, the program challenges five chef pairings to collaborate on the next iconic Waldorf Astoria dish and culminates with a competition that showcases their culinary creativity.
This year's Taste of Waldorf Astoria poses a specific challenge - to transform happy hour into the "Fifth Hour: Bar + Bites," a contemporary update to the time-honored ritual using innovative themes that mirror the sophisticated and modern style of each property. With the goal of expanding bar offerings beyond traditional drinks and appetizers, each chef pair was asked to create two small bites that pair perfectly with an original cocktail and mocktail. The journey from plate to palate and chefs' ability to create a truly unforgettable food and beverage pairing will be a key component of the judging criteria.
A star-studded panel of judges who will determine Waldorf Astoria's next iconic dish includes: acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who is opening his first west coast restaurant at the hotel, Adam Rapoport, editor-in-chief of Bon Appétit magazine, and Erik Bruner-Yang, owner and chef of Maketto in D.C. who also won last year's Taste of Waldorf Astoria competition. Following the event, the final Taste of Waldorf Astoria pairing will launch alongside new "Fifth Hour" programming at each of the brand's 26 hotels and resorts worldwide, introducing an unexpected new happy hour experience to today's luxury travelers.
"After two successful years of hosting Taste of Waldorf Astoria in New York, we are excited to welcome our talented teams to the new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, giving them the first taste of true star treatment," says John T. A. Vanderslice, global head, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. "We look forward to celebrating the chefs' accomplishments and naming the next iconic Waldorf Astoria dish during such an unforgettable moment for the brand."
The five Taste of Waldorf Astoria chef collaborations took place throughout fall 2016 at the following properties:
October 30 - November 4, 2016
Waldorf Astoria Executive Chef: Michael Zachman, Executive Chef at Waldorf Astoria Park City
JBF Rising Star Chef Semi-Finalist: Alex Bois, Owner/Head Baker at the new Lost Bread Co. (Philadelphia, PA)
November 6 - 10, 2016
Waldorf Astoria Executive Chef: Rudolf W. Segers, Executive Chef at Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah
JBF Rising Star Chef Semi-Finalist: Maximillian Petty, Chef/Owner of Eden Hill Restaurant (Seattle, WA)
November 13 - 17, 2016
Waldorf Astoria Executive Chef: Ryan Urig, Executive Chef at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
JBF Rising Star Chef Semi-Finalist: Irene Li, Chef & Co-Owner of Mei Mei Restaurant Group (Boston, MA)
December 5 - 9, 2016
Waldorf Astoria Executive Chef: Andrew Roenbeck, Executive Chef at Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
JBF Rising Star Chef Semi-Finalist: Sara Hauman, former Head Chef at Huxley (San Francisco, CA)
December 11 - 17, 2016
Waldorf Astoria Executive Chef: Frédéric Larquemin, Executive Chef of Trianon Palace Versailles, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel
JBF Rising Star Chef Semi-Finalist: Bradley Kilgore, Executive Chef of Alter (Miami, FL)
2015 Taste of Waldorf Astoria winners Benoit Chargy of Waldorf Astoria Bejing and Erik Bruner-Yang of Maketto, Paper Horse and Honeycomb, and formerly of Toki Underground, were awarded top honors for their Jing Roll, a Napa cabbage wagyu beef roll with black mushroom, hoisin sauce, salted duck eggs, and purple sweet potato. The dish joined the 2014 winning dish, Celery Root Risotto Alla Waldorf, and a lineup of iconic signature dishes that have been created at Waldorf Astoria, including Eggs Benedict, Red Velvet Cake, and The Waldorf Salad.
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills will join Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts portfolio of 26 properties worldwide as part of the Visa Luxury Hotel Collection through which U.S.-issued Visa Signature and U.S.-issued Visa Infinite cardholders can find, book, and enjoy premium benefits at some of the world's best hotels. Premium benefits include best available rate guarantee, automatic room upgrade when available, complimentary in-room Wi-Fi when available, complimentary continental breakfast daily, $25 food or beverage credit, VIP guest status, and 3:00 p.m. late check-out when available. To book and enjoy these benefits at the new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, visit www.visasignaturehotels.com/hotel-detail/waldorf-astoria-beverly-hills.
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills will participate in Hilton Honors®, the only guest loyalty program where guests who book directly through www.waldorfastoria.com have access to benefits including a Personal Concierge and complimentary Wi-Fi at 26 Waldorf Astoria hotels worldwide.
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About the James Beard Foundation
Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation celebrates, nurtures, and honors America's diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, the late James Beard was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful, and delicious food. Today JBF continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships for culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training, and thought-leader convening. The Foundation also maintains the historic James Beard House in New York City's Greenwich Village as a "performance space" for visiting chefs. For more information, please visit jamesbeard.org. Get food news, recipes, and more at the James Beard Foundation's blog. Follow the James Beard Foundation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of more than 30 iconic properties that creates a unique sense of place with a relentless commitment to personal service and culinary expertise in landmark locations around the world. Unified by their inspirational environments and True Waldorf Service, Waldorf Astoria hotels deliver graceful service from the moment a guest books through checkout. Waldorf Astoria is a part of Hilton, a leading global hospitality company. Experience Waldorf Astoria by booking at www.waldorfastoria.com or through the Hilton Honors mobile app. Learn about the brand by visiting newsroom.hilton.com/waldorfastoria, and follow Waldorf Astoria on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 17 world-class brands comprising more than 5,600 properties with nearly 913,000 rooms, in 113 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton earned a spot on the 2018 world’s best workplaces list, and has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its nearly 100 year history. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program, Hilton Honors, nearly 85 million members who book directly with Hilton have access to instant benefits, including digital check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and Connected Room. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.Download Article Photos