|ASPEN, CO – March 08, 2006 — George Mahaffey has been appointed Executive
Chef for Hotel Jerome, Aspen’s celebrated landmark hotel. Mahaffey brings
26 years of experience at world-class Mobile Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond
and Relais & Chateaux properties, and will continue Hotel Jerome’s
tradition of culinary excellence. Named “Best American Chef” in the
southwest by the James Beard Foundation, he demonstrates a deep passion
for his culinary craft by delivering distinctive flair to the color, flavor,
structure and execution of his menu.
“George possesses the kind of culinary talent that can transform a basic American dish such as steak and potatoes into an adventure for the senses,” said General Manager Anthony M. DiLuca. “He is constantly exploring new techniques that rival conventional practices. We whole-heartedly welcome George as executive chef and feel that his reputation compliments our own.”
In 2005, prior to joining Hotel Jerome, Mahaffey served as culinary director and on-going consultant for San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California. He was instrumental in identifying the restaurant concept, designing the kitchen layout, and developing the F&B program, applying the insight and knowledge gained as the founder-president of his own consulting company, Restaurant Solutions. He advised on a variety of hospitality services in that capacity, proving him an exceptional project manager. His impressive client roster included Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, The Little Nell in Aspen, Levy Restaurants in Chicago and Houston’s Sake Lounge.
Mahaffey developed his culinary expertise as an executive chef in the kitchens of some of the nation’s most renowned restaurants, including Hotel Bel-Air and Aspen’s own, The Little Nell. During his tenure with Hotel Bel-Air, the property was rated “#1 Hotel in the World” by Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast. In 1996, while contriving exquisite entrees at The Little Nell, Mahaffey was awarded “The Ivy Award for Excellence.”
Mahaffey graduated with a Bachelor of Science in philosophy from Virginia Commonwealth University and dabbled in graduate courses at the University of Virginia before discovering his true passion in the kitchen. His mother’s suggestion to explore options in cooking classes later came to fruition when he completed a certified cook apprenticeship program at the American Culinary Federation.
A proud father of five, Mahaffey enjoys traveling with his family and
exploring new places and cultures. In his spare time, he volunteers
his culinary expertise to raise awareness and funding for numerous charities.
Hotel Jerome, Aspen’s crown jewel since 1889, is more than a place to stay, it is a place to experience. Surrounded by the magnificence of the Rocky Mountains in the heart of Aspen, the Jerome offers an elegant and relaxed ambiance, impeccable service, unsurpassed accommodations and exquisite dining in two award-winning restaurants. Favorites of locals and guests alike, the celebrated J-Bar and Library offer lively spots for mingling. Each of the 92 richly appointed guestrooms and spacious suites provide a haven of comfort and sophistication. The hotel embodies the philosophy of Aspen – a balance of body, mind and spirit. It is often said, “If you haven’t been to the Jerome, you haven’t been to Aspen.” Hotel Jerome is a distinguished member of Leading Hotels of the World.
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