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Benchmark Hospitality International Appoints Todd Allison as
Executive Chef for The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe in California

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, October 1, 2012
Benchmark Hospitality International, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, has appointed Todd Allison executive chef for The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, located just north of San Diego.  The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe is part of Benchmark Hospitality’s collection of Personal Luxury Resorts & HotelsSM.  Gordon MacMitchell, general manager, made the announcement.

“It is with pleasure that we welcome Todd to The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe,” said Mr. MacMitchell.  “His experience in the San Diego market and his culinary gifts will have a wonderful impact on the food and beverage operation of the hotel and our restaurant.”

Todd Allison was previously executive chef for Anthology, the restaurant located in San Diego.  He has served in the same role for The Hilton Checkers in Los Angeles, Bollinger’s, the restaurant in Santa Barbara, and Studio Restaurant at Montage in Laguna Beach.  Earlier in his career he held chef de cuisine, sous chef and tournant chef positions for restaurants and hotels in locations throughout Southern California and Arizona.

Chef Allison is a graduate of the Scottsdale Culinary Le Cordon Bleu.  Restaurants he has been associated with have received high honors, including the Forbes Five Star Award, the Five Diamond Award, and the Wine Spectator Award.  Additionally, Chef Allison has been invited to cook at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City.  He resides in San Diego.

About The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe
Nestled on 21 acres in the elite foothills of Rancho Santa Fe and just 30 minutes north of San Diego, The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe is managed by Benchmark Hospitality International and is a member of its Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels℠.  The legendary resort, built in 1922, features 84 deluxe guest rooms and 21 charming, well-appointed cottages.  The Inn also offers more than 19,000 square feet of exclusive indoor and outdoor function space, its signature restaurant Innfusion, an intimate lobby bar with fireplace and outdoor patio, sparkling pool and acres of lushly landscaped floral gardens and courtyards.  The Inn is located in the heart of the Village of Rancho Santa Fe where guests can enjoy charming boutiques, galleries, quaint antique stores and a myriad of superb restaurants.  For additional information or reservations, call The Inn at 1-858-756-1131 or visit:  www.theinnatrsf.com.

About Personal Luxury Resorts & HotelsSM
Personal Luxury Resorts & HotelsSM represents a hand-picked group of 14 luxurious properties, in spectacular U.S. destinations coast to coast and off shore.  Each hotel and resort delivers personal luxury in a spirit true to its own distinctive locale, yet in unison with the collection’s shared mission. A division of Benchmark Hospitality International, for 30 years a leading US-based hospitality management company, and led by a proven and seasoned team of award-winning luxury hospitality professionals, Personal Luxury Resorts & HotelsSM is the preferred choice of guests who yearn for transformation over accommodation, customization over conformity, and inspiration over predictability.  With Personal Luxury Resorts & HotelsSM, luxury is always personal.

About Benchmark Hospitality International
Benchmark Hospitality International is a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and Personal Luxury Resorts & HotelsSM.  The independent company, launched in 1980, is a worldwide organization operating properties in major metropolitan and resort destinations.  Benchmark's international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston. Benchmark Hospitality is also a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers.  The company's eastern regional office is in New Jersey, western regional office is in Washington, with international offices in Tokyo, Japan, and Santiago, Chile. For the location of Benchmark's properties and additional information, visit www.benchmarkhospitality.com.
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Contact: 

Ken Ellens
KEN ELLENS COMMUNICATIONS
201-758-2864
KenEllens@aol.com



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