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 King Pacific Lodge, A Rosewood Resort, Brings
Maxim Ridorossi Aboard as the New Chef
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PRINCESS ROYAL ISLAND, British Columbia, Canada, April 19, 2006 - King Pacific Lodge, A Rosewood Resort, has named Maxim Ridorossi the chef of the award-winning luxury floating lodge located in pristine wilderness in British Columbia, announced President Michael Uehara.

Ridorossi comes to the lodge with a diverse, and distinguished, culinary background that combines free-standing restaurant and hospitality experience. After working in a variety of food and beverage positions at upscale hotels in Canada and Europe in the 1990s, since 2002 he has served in the kitchens of several of British Columbia's most acclaimed restaurants, including as saucier at internationally heralded West Restaurant.

At King Pacific Lodge, Ridorossi takes on a unique culinary role: Though the lodge is located in a remote wilderness setting, he will be creating original gourmet menus each day that blend international sophistication and quality with local and regional products and flavors. Ridorossi will continue the lodge's tradition of bringing meaning to dining by reflecting indigenous culture in the cuisine, including focusing on the region's fresh salmon (which the local Gitga'at people believe is not just a food source but a way of life, embodying the rhythm and balance of nature) and making British Columbia's award-winning wines, cheeses, produce and other foods the foundation of the lodge's cooking.

In addition to West Restaurant, Ridorossi has worked in the kitchens of three other noted British Columbia restaurants: Sooke Harbour House, in Sooke; Apres, in Whistler; and Cafe Brio, in Victoria. The hotel kitchens he has served in include the Montreal Hilton Bonaventure; Inchyra Grange Hotel, Falkirk, Scotland; Le Chalet Isertan, Albertville, France; and Toronto Hilton International.

King Pacific Lodge is a one-of-a-kind luxury floating wilderness lodge anchored in a sheltered harbor along the shores of Princess Royal Island in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia. Guests enjoy interpretative hikes, sea kayaking, beach combing, heli-hiking, whale watching, wildlife viewing, star gazing, floatplane tours, fly-tying instruction, cultural tours with the indigenous Gitga'at, searches to view the rare cream-colored Spirit Bear, saltwater trolling, fly-fishing and remote freshwater heli fly-fishing. Guests return from the activities to their beautifully appointed, comfortable accommodations and gourmet meals paired with award-winning wines. 

A member of the prestigious Rosewood Hotels & Resorts collection, King Pacific Lodge was named Wilderness Lodge of the Year for 2006 by prestigious Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report. The lodge has 17 rooms and suites and is open from May through October. Contact King Pacific Lodge at (888) 592-5464; www.kingpacificlodge.com.

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts manages properties worldwide including The Mansion on Turtle Creek and Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas, The Carlyle in New York, CordeValle in San Martin, California, Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe, Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Los Cabos, Mexico, Hotel Seiyo Ginza in Tokyo, Japan, and a triumvirate of world-class Caribbean properties - Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda, Caneel Bay on St. John and Jumby Bay on Antigua. 

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Contact:

Marian Gerlich
P&G Communications
818-786-8687
pgworld@aol.com
www.rosewoodhotels.com

Also See: King Pacific Lodge, A Rosewood Resort, Names Daniel Ilias General Manager of the Floating Wilderness Lodge in British Columbia / April 2006
Three Generations of Luxury: Rosewood Celebrates 25 Years / June 2005

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