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Steven Peterson Joins Hilton Hotels Corporation
as Corporate Chef – Americas
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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - July 23, 2009 - Hilton Hotels Corporation (Hilton) today announced that Steven Peterson has joined the company as Corporate Chef – Americas, a newly created position.

Steven will have overall responsibility for the Hilton Americas culinary program including menu development, creating operating efficiencies and quality control. Additionally, he will work closely with food and beverage operations to achieve an upscale and luxury dining experience geared towards exceeding guest expectations within all of the full-service Hilton brands.

Prior to joining Hilton, Steven held the position of Executive Chef for The MGM Grand Resort & Casino in Las Vegas for seven years and had oversight of the culinary operations for the resort-casino. From 1999 to 2002, Steven served as the Corporate Chef for Starwood Hotels & Resorts where he was responsible for developing the culinary agenda and direction within the hotel company as it related to new hotel openings as well as acquisitions, staffing, and corporate sponsored events.

“Steven’s superb culinary talent and proven track record at highly regarded resorts, hotels and restaurants is consistent with Hilton’s renewed commitment to deliver world-class dining options,” said Doug Zeif, Vice President Food and Beverage – Americas. “Under his direction, our culinary team will achieve the company’s mission to enhance the culinary offerings throughout Hilton’s Americas system.”

Steven has received numerous industry accolades including the Beaver Creek Food and Wine Festival “Best of Show Award” and the Texas Wine and Food Festival “People’s Choice Award,” and was named one of the top four chefs by the National Chefs of America – Greater Chicago Area. He also orchestrated the first culinary apprenticeship program in Las Vegas.

About Hilton Hotels Corporation

Hilton Hotels Corporation is the leading global hospitality company, with more than 3,300 hotels and 550,000 rooms in 77 countries and more than 130,000 team members worldwide. The company owns, manages or franchises some of the best known and highly regarded hotel brands including Hilton, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Grand Vacations, Homewood Suites by Hilton, the Waldorf Astoria and the Waldorf Astoria Collection, as well as the recently launched Home2 Suites by Hilton. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®.
Hilton Hotels Corporation is an Official Sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Team, which will extend through the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, the 2010/2012 U.S. Paralympic Team and the 2011 U.S. Pan American Team.

The Hilton Family of Hotels adheres to founder Conrad Hilton’s philosophy that, “It has been, and continues to be, our responsibility to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality.” The company put a name to its unique brand of service that has made it the best known and most highly regarded hotel company: be hospitable®. The philosophy is shared by all brands in the Hilton Family of Hotels, and is the inspiration for its overarching message of kindness and generosity.
For more information about the company, please visit www.hiltonfamily.com.

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Contact:

Hilton Hotels Corporation
David Trumble
Director of Communications, Western Region
602-870-2721
David.Trumble@hilton.com

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Also See: Napa Restaurateur Donna Scala to Develop Signature Casual Dining Restaurant Concepts for Hilton's Full Service Hotel Brands; Scala’s First Project Will be the Urban Tavern at the Landmark Hilton San Francisco / July 2007
Hilton Garden Inn Goes Beyond the Proverbial Egg-white Omelet with the BIG DAY Breakfast Menu / July 2008
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