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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, September 26, 2014 - Benchmark Hospitality International®, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, has named Jenae Christiansen executive chef for the Gilchrist Club, a Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® property located in Trenton, Florida, nears Gainesville.  Bob Edwards, Benchmark's general manager at the Club, made the announcement.  

"It is such a pleasure to welcome Jenae back to the Benchmark Hospitality family, and to the Gilchrist Club," said Mr. Edwards.  "A gifted chef who is largely self-taught through unique culinary opportunities in the US and in Europe as well as a natural aptitude for the culinary arts, we look forward to her being an active part of the hospitality experience here at the Gilchrist Club."

Jenae Christiansen previously served on several special task force assignments for Benchmark Hospitality, including working with the culinary teams at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe near San Diego and the Gilchrist Club.  

For such a young chef, Ms. Christiansen has held a number interesting culinary positions, including serving as private chef for Microsoft executives when she was based in Seattle.  She has also worked as pastry chef for The Flat Iron Grill in Issaquah, Washington.  Earlier in her career, Ms. Christiansen worked in the culinary department at the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland, Washington.

Jenae Christiansen has traveled throughout Europe on educational culinary excursions, from Ireland to Italy, learning regional cooking techniques and marrying food with fine wine.  She has relocated to the Trenton area.

About Benchmark Resorts & Hotels®

Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® represents the finest in lodging, dining, recreational and meeting accommodations. Many are certified by the International Association of Conference Centers, the leading professional organization governing the multi-billion dollar conference center industry on five continents, and many have also been recognized with the coveted Benchmark Conference Centers® certification of meeting excellence.  Benchmark Resorts & Hotels deliver highly specialized service that anticipates guests' needs and ensures a hospitality experience unsurpassed and long remembered. www.benchmarkresortsandhotels.com.  To become a fan on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/BenchmarkResortsandHotels, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BenchmarkHotels.

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