Taste of Waldorf AstoriaPrepares for Second Course
Five Waldorf Astoria Master Chefs to Collaborate with James Beard FoundationRising Star Semi-Finalist Chefs to Create Next Iconic Dish
Dubai, UAE – October 8, 2015 – Following the program’s 2014 debut, today Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resortsannounces the second yearof Taste of Waldorf Astoria, a global culinaryprogram in partnership withthe James Beard Foundation (JBF), theUnited States’ foremost culinary arts organization. This fall, the search for the next iconic dish continues with a fresh group of five hand-selected JBF Rising Star Semi-Finalist chefsdispatching to five new participating Waldorf Astoria destinations around the globe, including Amsterdam, New Orleans, Beijing, Jerusalem, and Orlando.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with the James Beard Foundation for a second year onTaste of Waldorf Astoria, a program that celebrates and nurturesour culinary heritage,” said John T.A. Vanderslice, global head, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. “Waldorf Astoria is committed to culinary excellence at each of the brand’s more than 140 world-class bars, lounges, and specialty restaurants worldwide.”
Taste of Waldorf Astoria will host five chef experiences at the following properties:
September 28 – October 1, 2015
Waldorf Astoria Master Chef: Mark A. Majorie, Jr., Chef de Cuisine at Fountain Lounge Restaurant
JBF Rising Star Semi-Finalist Chef: Jeremy Wayne, Chef de Cuisine at La Folie (San Francisco, CA)
A native of New Orleans, Chef Majorie joined The Roosevelt, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, in 2014 after stints at Royal Sonesta New Orleans, Trump Sonesta Miami and several restaurants abroad, including August in La Provence. Chef du Cuisine at La Folie since 2013, Chef Wayne got his start at Bohemian Club, before moving to respected San Francisco institution La Folie under Chef Roland Passot.
November 1 – 4, 2015
Waldorf Astoria Chef: Bernard Fiemeyer, Executive Chef at Waldorf Astoria Orlando
JBF Rising Star Semi-Finalist: Jamilka Borges, Chef de Cuisine at Bar Marco and Founder of Swing Truck (Pittsburgh, PA)
With experience in the kitchens of Japan, Thailand, France and the US, Chef Bernard Fiemeyer brings his passion for international cuisine to his current position as executive chef at Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. Chef Borges’ Pittsburgh restaurant has been on bon apétit’s Best New Restaurant list and has received national press not just for the outstanding cuisine, but also for its no tipping policy.
November 9 – 12, 2015
Waldorf Astoria Master Chef: Sidney Schutte, Executive Chef atRestaurant Librije’sZusje Amsterdam(two Michelin Stars)
JBF Rising Star Semi-Finalist Chef: GraeNonas, Co-Executive Chef at Olamaie
Gaining recognition and experience working for renowned star chefs such as Roger Soeverynsof Scholteshof(Belgium), Jonnie Boer of De Librije Zwolle (The Netherlands), and Richard Ekkebus of Amber at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel (Hong Kong), Executive Chef Schuttehas been managing the kitchen at Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam since the opening in May 2014. Chef Schutte was awarded with two prestigious Michelin stars for Restaurant Librije’sZusje Amsterdam, only 7 months after opening.After working alongside star chefs such as Mario Batali, and Jon Shook and Vinny Dotoloof animal and Son of a Gun, Food & Wine “Best New Chef” GraeNonas is Co-Executive Chef at Olamaie, a beloved new garden southernrestaurant in Austin, TX.
December 14 – 18, 2015
Waldorf Astoria Master Chef: Benoit Chargy, Executive Chef at Waldorf Astoria Beijing
JBF Rising Star Semi-Finalist Chef: Erik Bruner-Yang of Toki Underground, Maketto and Honeycomb (Washington, D.C.)
Waldorf Astoria Beijing Executive Chef Benoit Chargy leads three on-property restaurants, combining his background in classical French cuisine with a global sensibility to create a world-class dining experience.Washington, D.C.-based Chef Bruner-Yang is chef and owner of Maketto, Honeycomb and Toki Underground, which won the 2012 Eater award for DC’s “Restaurant of the Year.” Other accolades for his inventive pan-Asian cuisine include a finalist for the 2014 James Beard Foundation Award for Rising Star Chef of the Year and Food & Wine finalist for People’s Choice Best Chef (Mid-Atlantic).
“In the spirit of founder James Beard, a champion of American cuisine, we are delighted to once again partner with Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, an iconic brand that has made numerous notable contributions to America’s culinary heritage,” says Susan Ungaro, president, James Beard Foundation, "We are looking forward to giving our Rising Star Chefs semifinalists a global perspective, collaborating with Waldorf Astoria’s Master Chefs worldwide to create a contemporary iconic dish.”
The JBF chefs will visit their selected property for one week, spending time with the Waldorf Astoria Master Chef inside and outside the kitchen, visiting local markets and producers, restaurants or off-the-beaten-path locations for inspiration.
Each participating chef will prepare their recipes in New Yorkon February 24, 2016, for a panel of culinary luminaries, who will ultimately decide the winning dish. The final Taste of Waldorf Astoriawill be featured at each of the brand’s 25 hotels and resorts worldwide, joining its storied culinary legacy with a modern classic for today’s luxury traveler.
Last year, Taste of Waldorf Astoriawinners Heinz Beck, Waldorf Astoria Master Chef, at La Pergola at Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, and David Posey, formerly Executive Chef at Blackbird in Chicago, were awarded top honors with their Celery Root Risotto alla Waldorf. The dish was a reinvention of theiconic Waldorf Salad, using an innovative technique replacing the traditional rice base of risotto with celery root.
Each Waldorf Astoria Hotel & Resort now offersa curated 3-course dinner for guests to enjoy their own Taste of Waldorf Astoria, served in a distinct location on property. Guests may book this experience now by visiting www.tasteofwaldorfastoria.com.
Track each chef’s on-property journey and dish creation by following @WaldorfAstoria on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #TasteofWaldorf.For more information about Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.waldorfastoria.com or http://news.waldorfastoria.com.
About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of 25 landmark destinations, each being a true reflection of their surroundings in the world’s most sought after locations. Unified by their inspirational environments and unparalleled guest service, Waldorf Astoria creates unforgettable moments through the delivery of True Waldorf Service. Personal Concierges deliver unparalleled, bespoke service from the moment a guest books through check out. Waldorf Astoria is part of Hilton Worldwide, a leading global hospitality company. Experience Waldorf Astoria by booking at www.waldorfastoria.comor www.waldorfastoria.com/offers. Learn more about this expanding portfolio by visiting http://news.waldorfastoria.com.
About the James Beard Foundation (JBF)
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.