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 Benchmark Hospitality Appoints Paul Reed Bogardus
Executive Chef at North Maple Inn
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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, March 2007 - Benchmark Hospitality International has announced the appointment of Paul Reed Bogardus as executive chef for North Maple Inn, the four diamond property located in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.  Dan Santiago, general manager, made the announcement.
 
"I am so pleased to welcome Paul to the culinary program here at North Maple Inn," said Mr. Santiago.  "He brings superb expertise and credentials to his new role as well as significant experience in our market.  We look forward to his leadership of our culinary team."
 
This appointment marks the return of Paul Bogardus to North Maple Inn, having opened the Inn's kitchen as a sous chef twelve years ago.  Chef Bogardus most recently served as executive chef for The Grand Cafe, a fine dining French-style restaurant located in Morristown, New Jersey.  During his tenure there, the restaurant consistently received high critical ratings.  He has also served as executive sous chef at The Bernard's Inn of Bernardsville, New Jersey, with responsibilities in both the Inn's restaurant and banquet operations.
 
Earlier in his career, Mr. Bogardus served as sous chef at The Rattlesnake Ranch Cafe, located in Denville, New Jersey.   He began his culinary career as sous chef for North Maple Inn.
 
Chef Bogardus is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University, located in Providence, Rhode Island.  He and his family reside in East Hanover, New Jersey.
 
North Maple Inn at Basking Ridge (www.northmapleinn.com), a Four Diamond property, offers 171 well-appointed guestrooms with 16 spacious suites and 20,000 square feet of event space. The hotel also offers Coasters, a casual lounge; Cuisine, a restaurant serving eclectic American fare in an open-hearth kitchen; and an elegant ballroom. North Maple Inn provides complete fitness and recreation facilities for hotel guests. The property is one of the finest hotels in New Jersey.  North Maple Inn is operated by Benchmark Hospitality International.
 
Benchmark Hospitality International, an independent hospitality management company based in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, operates resorts, conference centers, hotels and condominium resorts both domestically and internationally.  For locations of Benchmark Hospitality properties and for additional information, visit Benchmark's Website at www.benchmarkhospitality.com.  
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Contact:

Benchmark Hospitality International
The Woodlands (Houston), Texas
www.benchmarkhospitality.com

Ken Ellens
Ken Ellens Communications 
201-758-2864 / 201-758-2865-Fax
KenEllens@aol.com

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Also See: Benchmark Hospitality Chefs Showcase Talents at Renowned James Beard House in New York / January 2006
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