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 Thierry Debailleul Appointed Executive Chef at Foxwoods Resort Casino; 
Formerly Executive Chef of the Pointe South Mountain
Resort in Phoenix, Arizona
MASHANTUCKET, CT (July 19, 2007) – Foxwoods Resort Casino, the world’s largest casino, has appointed veteran chef Thierry Debailleul as the property’s new executive chef.  He oversees the culinary team operating the multiple restaurants on property including Paragon, Al Dente, Cedars Steak House, Golden Dragon and more.  Debailleul formally joined the Foxwoods team on June 30, 2007.  
 
“Chef Thierry’s worldly cooking style will bring amazing depth to our award-winning restaurants,” said Dennis Khanh, vice president of food and beverage at Foxwoods Resort Casino.  “We’re looking forward to the contributions he will make to our culinary profile, especially given his diverse experience preparing food in kitchens all over the world.” 
 
Debailleul most recently worked as executive chef of the Pointe South Mountain Resort in Phoenix, Arizona where he was responsible for three restaurants located within the 220-acre resort.  Prior to that, he opened the Westin Stonebriar Resort in Frisco, Texas as executive chef of the Legacy Grill restaurant, the poolside Acqua Bar and Grill and Ernie’s Bar.  Elsewhere in the U.S., Debailleul helmed the kitchens of the Orchid Restaurant at Mauna Lani Resort in Hawaii and the French Quarter Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans where he adopted the culinary influences of the Pacific Rim and Deep South.  Before moving to the United States, he spent five years on the Caribbean island of St. Martin where he prepared regional and French gourmet cuisine at the luxury resort-casino, Port de Plaisance. 
 
A native of France, Debailleul received his culinary education at the prestigious Ferrandi Ecole Superieure De Cuisine Française in Paris.  Upon graduating, he worked in various upscale restaurants in and around France’s capitol city before moving to the west coast to cook at the Rochevilaine Aqua Phenicia, a luxury spa hotel in Brittany.  Debailleul eventually left Europe and traveled to South America where he spent a year in the Amazon jungle preparing delicious cuisine for military personnel stationed in the area.  
 
About Foxwoods
Foxwoods Resort Casino®, the world’s largest casino, owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, is the ultimate casino resort destination on the East Coast, offering over 7,200 slots, 380 table games, the only WPT World Poker Room™, High Stakes Bingo and Ultimate Racebook all conveniently located under one roof. With 1,400 luxurious hotel rooms and suites, over 50 sumptuous restaurants and retail outlets, a 1,400 seat theater and 55,000 square feet of superior meeting space, Foxwoods is the premiere destination for the business or leisure traveler. Lake of Isles™, rated America’s Best New Golf Course by Golf Digest, is located directly adjacent to the property. The highly anticipated MGM Grand at Foxwoods® will open Spring of 2008 and feature 826 ultramodern, technologically advanced hotel rooms with world class amenities reminiscent of the Las Vegas style landmark, including 115,000 additional square feet of meeting space, cutting–edge business communications capabilities, a state-of-the-art 4,000 seat Performing Arts Theater and exciting new dining, retail, gaming and luxurious spa facilities. 
 
Foxwoods is easily accessible from Boston, New York, Hartford and Providence and only minutes away from Mystic and Long Island Sound.  For more information call 1-800-FOXWOODS or visit us at www.FOXWOODS.com.
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Contact:

Sandra Rios
Foxwoods Resort Casino
860-312-4072
srios@foxwoods.com
www.FOXWOODS.com
 

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Also See: The United Auto Workers Union Files Allegations of Unfair Labor Practices Against Foxwoods Resort Casino; UAW Seeks to Unionize a Third of Foxwoods' Workforce / July 2007
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