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Ross Fraser Named Executive Chef at Emerson Resort & Spa
in New York’s Hudson Valley 
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MT. TREMPER, N.Y., February 8, 2007 – Scottish born and bred, Ross Fraser has once again been named Executive Chef at Emerson Resort & Spa, an oasis of luxury in the heart of New York’s Hudson Valley set to open in March 2007.  He previously served as Executive Chef at the original Emerson Inn from 2002-2004.  Fraser brings more than 20 years of culinary excellence to the property and has planned a menu incorporating modern American cuisine diffused with a hint of Asian fusion at The Phoenix, the property’s new fine dining restaurant, which opens February 14.
            
Fraser began his life with few aspirations of becoming a chef.  “I was training to become a naval officer and after suffering an injury, took a job waiting tables at a nearby restaurant in my hometown of Glasgow.”  On a particularly short-staffed night, Fraser jumped into the kitchen to give the cooks a hand and found he had inherited his mother’s comestible talent – and has not looked back since. 
            
Fraser was trained at the Glasgow College of Food Technology and held senior positions in some of Scotland’s top dining destinations including the five-star Gleneagles Resort & Golf Course and Kinnaird Country House, a Relais & Chateaux property.  Additional stints in the British Isles include serving as Executive Sous Chef to the Duke and Duchess of Roxburgh, and cooking a banquet dinner for the Queen of England.
            
As Fraser’s role with royalty came to a close, American beckoned and he began his debut as Executive Chef at the original Four Diamond Emerson Inn & Spa serving a European-centric menu for American royalty such as Ray Charles (who requested fried chicken and mashed potatoes each night).  In 2004 Fraser was named one of the “International Who’s Who of Chefs” and with his skilled hand tantalizing taste buds, Emerson Inn & Spa was crowned Most Outstanding Inn in North America by Conde Nast Johansens in 2005.  
            
Fraser left Emerson for a two-year position at 59 Lake, a fine dining restaurant and lounge in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, but made the decision to return to Emerson with the proposition of opening the new restaurant, The Phoenix. 
            
“I look forward to new challenges at The Phoenix and have created a delicately balanced menu combining modern American dishes with Asian fusion and spa cuisine, including something for every palate and price point.”  Signature dishes feature a selection of soups, salads, seafoods and pastas to start including Phoenix crab cake topped with an “Old Bay” soufflé, and the Thai style pork and ginger salad.  Entrees include Phoenix surf-n-turf with black bass and stuffed chicken drummete, the Roasted butternut gnocchi with pineapple ravioli, and the Seared house smoked dry-rubbed Ahi tuna loin.  The sweet finish boasts Warm chocolate and marshmallow molten cake, Thai sticky soya sweets, and a selection of house made ice creams and sorbets.

The Phoenix restaurant’s interior is designed by Anthony DiGuiseppe, who created the overall look for the resort’s new facilities.  Inside the Phoenix, guests will enter a palatial atmosphere filled with jewel-toned colors accenting centuries-old doors and window treatments.  Two separate dining areas will allow for intimate, adults-only dining in one while families with children can enjoy their meals in the other.  Central to the restaurant is a magnificent bar highlighted by an etched glass rendition of a regal-looking Phoenix.  Spring through fall, guests can enjoy the Phoenix’s expansive deck overlooking the Esopus Creek with stunning views of Mount Tremper.  

The restaurant is located at the Emerson Resort & Spa, 5340 Route 28, Mount Tremper, NY 12457.  For reservations, call (845) 688-2828.

Set to launch March 2007, Emerson Resort & Spa is an oasis of luxury in the heart of New York’s Hudson Valley.  Overlooking the Esopus Creek and one of the area’s most majestic peaks, Mt. Tremper, this exceptional retreat is within minutes of Woodstock, Rhinebeck and skiing and outdoor adventures at Belleayre Mountain.  An easy two hours drive from New York City, though seemingly a million miles away, Emerson Resort & Spa also includes wedding, meetings and conference facilities and a separate Wellness Spa.  For reservations or more information please visit www.emersonresort.com or call 877-688-2828. 

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Contact:

Emerson Resort & Spa
Paul Rakov
Director, Public Relations 
845-688-2471
prakov@emersonresort.com
www.emersonresort.com 

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Also See: Emerson Inn & Spa Named 'Most Outstanding Inn' in North America by Conde Nast Johansens / November 2004

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