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Thomas Gisler Named Executive Chef at Cornell
University's Statler Hotel & J. Willard Marriott
Executive Education Center

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Ithaca, NY, April 22, 2005 - Thomas Gisler has been appointed Executive Chef at Cornell University's Statler Hotel & J. Willard Marriott Executive Education Center. Effective May 16, Gisler will oversee the menu design and food preparation for the 150-room property, which operates three restaurants including the signature Ristorante Banfi and its Tuscan-inspired menu.

Gisler's career path includes 10 years with Hyatt International Hotels where he spent assignments in Orlando, Japan and South Korea before serving as Executive Chef at the prestigious Hyatt Regency in Cologne, Germany. Most recently, he served as the Executive Chef for the Otesaga Resort in Cooperstown, N.Y.

"Chef Gisler is an excellent addition to the Statler team. He will bring a strong sense of professionalism and culinary excellence to our team," said Nick Pijerov, director of food and beverage for The Statler Hotel.

Gisler also will share his culinary expertise with students who work in the hotel, many of whom are enrolled in the university's School of Hotel Administration.

A native of Switzerland, Chef Gisler graduated from the Swiss Hotel Catering College of Lucerne. Gisler replaces former Executive Chef Craig Hartman, who relocated to the Greater Washington, D.C. area earlier this year as Executive Chef for two of Classic Hospitality's luxury properties, The Morrison-Clark Inn and The Henley Park Hotel.

About The Statler Hotel & The J. Willard Marriott Executive Education Center
A unit of the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, the 150-room Statler Hotel & J. Willard Marriott Executive Education Center is a full-service property and teaching facility located at the center of campus. Hotel School students put their classroom learning to practical use, teaming with veteran employees to run an outstanding hotel known for its gracious accommodations, exquisite cuisine and superb conference facilities.

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Contact:
Cydney Peters
Tel: 607.255.8698
Email: chp4@sha.cornell.edu
Also See: Edward Evans Named Founding Director for Cornell Hotel School's Center for Entrepreneurship / September 2004
Cornell University School of Hotel Administration Opens $16.2 million, 36,000 sq ft Beck Center; Named for Robert Beck, the Second Dean of the Hotel School / October 2004


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