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John Billings Named Executive Chef and Assistant Director of Food & Beverage
for Benchmark's Eaglewood Resort & Spa, Itasca, Illinois


The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, July 2008 … Benchmark Hospitality International has announced the appointment of John Billings, CEC, as executive chef and assistant director of food & beverage for Eaglewood Resort & Spa, located in Itasca, Illinois, a Chicago suburb.  Greg Parsons, vice president, made the announcement.  

"Chef Billings has passion, vision and creativity that feed the body and the mind," said Mr. Parsons.  "With his innovative creations and healthy alternatives with interactive opportunities, Chef Billings has set a new standard with his culinary delights."  

Executive Chef Billings is an industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience in building and leading culinary operations for fine dining, banquet and catering establishments.  As executive chef and assistant food & beverage director, he is responsible for all culinary activities at Eaglewood Resort & Spa, including the property's extensive catering and meeting operations.  In this role he also oversees Burnham's, the resort’s signature restaurant, and Prairie River, the relaxed dining venue.   

This appointment represents a return to Benchmark Hospitality and Eaglewood Resort & Spa for Chef Billings, having left three years ago to become an entrepreneur, opening his restaurant Monte's Steak House in Faribault, Minnesota.  The successful restaurant featured an open kitchen and was situated in a circa 1854 warehouse.  Chef Billing's subsequently sold his interest in the restaurant to return to his resort roots.

John Billings is a recognized leader in his field, having been honored for his outstanding work by numerous professional organizations.  He is a Certified Executive Chef and was named American Culinary Federation Chapter Chef of the Year for 1997 and 2001 as well as Best of Show, Geneva Executive Club Annual Food Competition.  He has also received six Gold Medals, four Silver Medals and two Bronze Medals in honor of his culinary talents from Arklatex Culinary Salon, Lafayette Culinary Salon and Baton Rouge Culinary Salon, respectively.  Chef Billings resides in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin with his family.  

About Eaglewood Resort & Spa
Eaglewood Resort & Spa is located at 1401 Nordic Rd., in Itasca, Ill.  A Four-Diamond resort, the property features 295 spacious guestrooms and suites, a selection of fine and casual dining options; first-class recreation including an 18-hole championship golf course; as well as 38,000 square feet of IACC-certified meeting space and a complete health spa. Eaglewood is strategically located on 106 acres in northwest Chicago, just 35 miles from downtown Chicago, and 12 miles west of O'Hare International Airport. For more information about Eaglewood, call (630) 773-1400, toll free at (877) 285-6150 or www.eaglewoodresort.com.  Eaglewood Resort & Spa is a Benchmark Hospitality International property.

Benchmark Hospitality International is a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and Personal Luxury Hotels™.  The privately held company, launched in 1980, is a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers.  Benchmark is a worldwide organization operating over 30 properties representing major metropolitan and resort destinations. Benchmark's international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston, with regional offices in New Jersey and Connecticut.  International offices are located in Tokyo and Santiago, Chile. For locations of properties and additional information, visit www.benchmarkhospitality.com.  

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Contact:

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

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Also See: Benchmark Hospitality Appoints Mara Xenos Director of Conference Services for Eaglewood Resort & Spa, Itasca, Illinois / November 2007
Benchmark Hospitality Names Dwayne Jordan Executive Chef at Eaglewood Resort, Chicago / February 2007
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