News for the Hospitality Executive
June 15, 2011 (Sedona, Arizona) - Mii amo, a destination spa at Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona, has announced the appointment of Corey Shoemaker as Chef. A focused professional who has experienced success in restaurants across the Midwest, Shoemaker is responsible for all culinary operations at the award-winning destination spa including menu creation for Mii amo Café as well as cooking demonstrations, in-suite dining and special events.
"We look forward to Corey's wide-range of creativity elevating Mii amo's 'Intelligent Cuisine' and welcome and encourage his continued success," said Chris Bird, Mii amo General Manager.
The acclaimed cuisine at Mii amo Café combines regional flavors with healthy cooking techniques and ingredients that consistently produce delectable fare, just with lower calorie counts and reduced fat. An imaginative chef, Shoemaker views recipes as a guideline and often adjusts the menu based on the freshest vegetables and herbs available from Mii amo's Organic Chef Garden, located adjacent to the spa. At Mii amo, he employs a spontaneous and open-minded approach to cooking, incorporating fresh seasonal ingredients into new menu items including Sea Scallop Ceviche made with chipotle salsa, cucumber and sprouted corn chips; Miso Roasted Duck Breast covered with toasted sesame, nori crisps and a side of blueberry studded sticky rice; as well as Lobster Udon which uses fresh udon noodles, lobster, edamame, red jalapeno, and straw mushrooms cooked in a basil-ginger broth.
A native of Green Bay, Shoemaker was poised for culinary success at a young age. Growing up in the restaurant business, he spent afternoons at his family's café or on his aunt and uncle's dairy farm. Following study in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Madison, he earned an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts in the Executive Chef Program of Madison Area Technical College.
Success came quickly. After launching his restaurant career in 2001 as Chef de Cuisine of Elaine in Naperville, Illinois, Shoemaker landed the first of many Executive Chef positions at Saloon Steakhouse on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago. Three years later he was Executive Chef and Assistant General Manager at Columbia Yacht Club, one of the oldest private clubs in Chicago. He continued his career at Gilbert's Wood Fired Steakhouse in Columbia, Ohio (2006); Levy Restaurants at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin (2007-2008); and Brett Favre's Steakhouse and Banquet Facility, also in Green Bay (2008-2009). Shoemaker joined Enchantment Resort in 2010 from Bouchee in De Pere, Wisconsin, where he had been Executive Chef since 2009.
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, Mii amo Café offers private tables plus a 16-seat community table where spa guests can meet new friends and enjoy the spa's delicious 'Intelligent Cuisine' together. The exhibition-style kitchen showcases Mii amo Café's own style of contemporary eclectic cuisine. Organic ingredients from local sources, as well as the chef's garden, are used whenever possible. Along with savoring the tasty cuisine at Mii amo Café, guests are also invited to participate in a variety of culinary-focused activities including Journey of Teas, organic garden tours, composting instruction, wine tastings and cooking demonstrations.
About Mii amo
Mii amo, a destination spa at Enchantment Resort, was named "world's best destination spa" by Travel + Leisure readers in 2007 and 2009. A Yuman word for "passage" or "journey", Mii amo promotes personal transformation through mind, body and spiritual therapies. The 24,000-square-foot spa in Sedona, Arizona, designed by Gluckman Mayner Architects, harmonizes with the Native American aesthetic and the surrounding red rock canyon, which are both integral to the Mii amo experience. The intimate Mii amo "spa village," which offers three, four and seven night all-inclusive packages, features 14 guest rooms and two suites; 25 treatment rooms, many with views of the canyon; private outdoor treatment areas; indoor and outdoor pools; library; retail shop and the 80-seat Mii amo cafe. For more information, please visit www.miiamo.com or call 888.749.2137.
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