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Chef Robert Ash Named as Executive Chef for the 720-room
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate in Orlando, Florida


Orlando, FL (Dec 12, 2011) – Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate -- recently named a top golf resort by Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s poll -- is pleased to announce the arrival of Chef Robert Ash as the new Executive Chef. A 17-year hospitality veteran, Chef Ash is an incredible talent who brings with him unparalleled knowledge of the industry. With excellence being the only expectation facing Chef Ash, he has been empowered to build a menu that has no boundaries or nationalities, but driven by the complexity of tastes and the depth of the palate.

“We are thrilled to have such a talented chef join the Omni Orlando team,” says Melchior van den Bergh, Director of Food & Beverage. “With such a diverse background, Chef Ash adds a new level of quality to the already excellent caliber of food and service guests receive at Omni Orlando Resort.”

Chef Ash’s diverse background includes training at L’Ecole Du Grand Chocolat in France and the International School of Confectionary Art in Maryland. His 17 years of experience include, Executive Chef of Milwaukee’s historic Preferred Hotel The Pfister, as well as Executive Chef/Director of Food and Beverage of the InterContinental Milwaukee and Executive Outlet Chef at the esteemed Wynn Resort in Las Vegas, rated Five-Star by Forbes and Five Diamond by AAA. Prior to that, Chef Ash worked at Parian Restaurant in the Regent International Hotel and for three-star Michelin Chef Jean Louis Palladin at Napa Restaurant in the Rio Suites Hotel of Las Vegas. Known for his culinary excellence and openness to innovation, Chef Ash has also consulted for the Harmon Nicolas Restaurant Group through the company Elements of Design – a company with an ultra modern twist on dining concepts.

About Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
The Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate offers luxury accommodations including 720 rooms and suites, two championship Greg Norman-designed golf courses, world headquarters of the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, a full-service European-style spa, two heated outdoor pools and an 850-foot lazy river. The resort also features five diverse dining experiences from sushi and sake at ZEN to the Italian herb garden and brick oven flatbreads at Trevi’s. Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate is a Four Diamond resort and has been recognized as a top 125 Golf Resort in the World by Condé Nast Traveler. For more information on Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, please call (407) 390-6664, (800)THE-OMNI or visit www.omniorlandoresort.com.

About Omni Hotels & Resorts
Omni Hotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences that take guests on “A Total Departure” to 50 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business gateways and leisure destinations across North America.  From exceptional golf and spa retreats to dynamic business settings, each Omni showcases the local flavor of the destination while featuring four-diamond services, signature restaurants, Wi-Fi connectivity and unique wellness options.  Known for its award-winning, personalized service, Omni leaves a lasting impression with every customer interaction, with a heightened level of recognition and rewards delivered through its Select Guest loyalty program and the company’s “Power of One” associate empowerment program.  The brand is frequently recognized by top consumer research organizations such as J.D. Power and Associates, which ranked Omni as “Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Upscale Hotel Chains” in its 2010 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study(SM).

To get additional information or book accommodations, visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni.
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Contact:

Jackie Carnero
the / zimmerman / agency
850.668.2222
jcarnero@zimmerman.com



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