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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, November 2015 … Benchmark Hospitality International®, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, has appointed John J. Shirley executive chef for The Heldrich, a Benchmark Hotel located in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  Stacy Martin, Benchmark’s general manager for The Heldrich, made the announcement.

“It is with great pleasure that I welcome Chef Shirley to Benchmark Hospitality and to our hotel,” said Ms. Martin.  “Not only is he immensely talented, credentialed and on trend in the culinary world, but he knows and understands our market exceedingly well.”

John Shirley was previously executive chef for the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing in Center City Philadelphia.  He served in the same role for Chauncey Conference Center in Princeton, New Jersey.  Chef Shirley also has held the title of executive sous chef for the Terrace Restaurant at the Five Star Hilton at Short Hills Hotel in Short Hills, New Jersey, as well as chef and banquet chef for the landmark property.

Chef Shirley is a member of the Société Culinaire Philanthropique of New York and the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs of New York.  He is a 4-time invited chef at the prestigious James Beard House.

About The Heldrich Hotel and Conference Center

The Heldrich is located in the cultural heart of New Jersey in New Brunswick.  The property is situated at 10 Livingston Avenue across from the city’s famed Theatre Row, just west of important US Route 1 and four blocks from the News Brunswick Train Station (serving the Northeast Corridor: Boston-New York-Philadelphia-Washington, DC) and close to Exit 9 of the NJ Turnpike.  It is 45 minutes outside New York City and has rail service to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).   The Heldrich features a state-of-the-art conference center with 17 meetings rooms, a 248-guestroom luxury hotel, Christopher’s Restaurant, serving freshly prepared specialties created in an exhibition kitchen to delight even the discriminating palate, Christopher’s Bar, and the elegant Livingston Ballroom, ideal for social and corporate gatherings.  For more information on The Heldrich, call 732-729-4670 or visit The Heldrich is operated by Benchmark Hospitality International.

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 Centres, 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.

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