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The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina Names
Todd Sicolo as Executive Chef

April 8, 2013 (Asheville, NC)
- The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina, has announced the appointment of Todd Sicolo as Executive Chef. With broad culinary experience at hotels, resorts and country clubs across the U.S., Chef Sicolo will oversee all culinary operations at the historic property, including menu creation for the resort's new and existing dining outlets, as well as for in-room dining, catering and special events.

Educated at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Sicolo arrived at The Grove Park Inn in March 2013 - the resort's Centennial Year. Sicolo was most recently the Executive Chef at Royal Palms Resort in Phoenix. Previously, he held top culinary positions at upscale hotels and resorts, including the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix; Boca Raton Resort and Spa; Anthem & Sun City Country Clubs in Henderson, Nevada; Bellagio Resort and Casino in Las Vegas; Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda, B.V.I.; and La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, California.

Born and raised in Highland, New York, Sicolo earned his Culinary Degree from CIA in 1988.

KSL Partners acquired The Grove Park Inn on May 1, 2012. The Grove Park Inn became the third National Historic Landmark property in the KSL collection, joining the ranks of two other iconic hotels, The Del Coronado in CA and The Homestead in VA.   Founded in 1992, KSL Resorts manages nine time-honored resorts with outstanding recreational amenities including spa, golf, tennis and ski. Each is refined yet unpretentious, rich in legacy and genuine in service. The AAA Four-Diamond Grove Park Inn will undergo a $25 million dollar restoration and renovation, half to be completed by the end of 2012, to coincide with The Inn's centennial. For more information, please contact The Grove Park Inn at 800-438-5800 or 828-252-2711; visit www.groveparkinn.com, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ewgrove and Facebook at www.facebook.com/groveparkinn

About KSL Capital Partners
KSL is a private equity firm specializing in travel and leisure enterprises in five primary sectors: hospitality, recreation, clubs, real estate and travel services. KSL has offices in Denver, Colorado and New York. KSL’s current portfolio includes some of the premier properties in travel and leisure, including The Grove Park Inn, The Homestead, Montelucia Resort & Spa, Barton Creek Resort & Spa, Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, The Royal Palm, La Costa Resort and Spa, and ClubCorp, one of the world’s largest owners of private golf and business clubs. KSL also owns other premier recreation businesses, including Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, two of the leading ski resorts in North America; Western Athletic Clubs, the owner and operator of luxury fitness clubs on the West Coast of the United States; and Orion Expedition Cruises, a luxury expedition cruise operator based in Sydney, Australia.

For more information on KSL, please visit www.kslcapital.com.


Contact:

Laura Lopez
Hawkins International
(212) 255-6541
Laura@hawkpr.com



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