|BUFFALO, N.Y. (April 24, 2007) – Delaware North Companies announced
today they have named Roland G. Henin, certified master chef, corporate
executive chef and chief culinary ambassador for their global hospitality
operations. Delaware North Companies is a global leader in hospitality
and food service with locations ranging from global sports stadia and airports
to national parks, destination resorts and entertainment venues.
Henin most recently served as corporate chef for the company’s Parks
& Resorts division, overseeing the company’s culinary programs at locations
ranging from Niagara Falls State Park in New York to Kennedy Space Center
in Florida, Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks in California, and New
Hampshire’s The BALSAMS Grand Resort Hotel, which recently received a perfect
score from Condé Nast for its food.
In his new role, Henin will be responsible for stewardship of the company’s
culinary reputation, which has become widespread throughout the hospitality
and food service industries.
Henin, an award-winning, internationally recognized culinary expert,
is one of approximately 60 certified master chefs in the United States.
Prior to joining the company in 1998, Henin was the director of the Culinary
Arts Department at the Art Institute of Seattle. Before that, he held various
teaching positions at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y.,
and Johnson & Wales College in Providence, R.I.
“Chef Henin is truly one of the top chefs in the world,” said Dennis
Szefel, group president for Delaware North’s hospitality operations. “He
is well respected by so many in the culinary field. Working in conjunction
with the company’s Culinary Council, Henin will continue to champion the
company’s culinary direction, working closely with the executive chefs
of each of the company’s divisions.”
Henin will continue to have responsibility for the company’s culinary
direction, working closely with the executive chefs of each of the company’s
divisions. He is well-known for his approach to sustainable and organic
cuisine, a philosophy he shares with well-known former understudy, celebrity
chef and friend Thomas Keller.
Several years ago, Henin created and implemented a widely acclaimed
chefs summit pairing Delaware North culinarians with the Culinary Institute
of America. Now entering its sixth year, the week-long summit is held biannually,
bringing together company chefs who immerse themselves in the tasks of
honing their craft, exchanging ideas and developing priorities for the
Henin has also worked extensively with the culinary apprenticeship
at The BALSAMS, and has helped graduate a number of new chefs from the
40-year-old program. It was there that Henin tested the more than 40 recipes
contained in the company’s new award-winning cookbook, Pathways to Plate.
In addition to his educational and culinary roles, Henin joins visiting
professional chefs each winter at Yosemite National Park for The Ahwahnee’s
Chefs’ Holidays. He has served as executive chef at Oregon-based OSF International
and Truitt Bros., as well as chef de cuisine at the five-star Breakers
Hotel in Palm Beach, Fla. In 1992, he served as the coach of the gold medal
U.S. Olympic Culinary Team, helping the American chefs bring home the World
Cup from Luxembourg. The following year, he received the first National
Chef Professionalism Award ever granted by the American Culinary Federation.
He was educated at the College Moderne in Nancy, France. Henin was
designated a certified executive chef in 1979 and a certified culinary
educator in 1982 by the American Culinary Federation. He earned the coveted
honor of certified master chef in 1983.
About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality
and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North
Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment,
Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies
Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International, TD Banknorth Garden,
and American Park ‘n Swap. Delaware North is one of the largest privately
held companies in the United States with revenues approaching $2 billion
annually and 40,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the
United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For
more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.