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Michel Gehrig Named Executive Chef of
Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Los Cabos


LOS CABOS, Baja California, Mexico, August 12, 2004 -- Las Ventanas al Paraiso, a Rosewood Resort, has named consummate culinary professional Michel Gehrig the Executive Chef of the acclaimed Five-Diamond property in Los Cabos, announced Managing Director Luis Fernandes.

"Its very exciting to have a new Executive Chef who is a star on the international culinary stage and bringing his demonstrated professionalism and delectable creativity to Las Ventanas," said Fernandes.

Chef Gehrig is overseeing all the dining options at Las Ventanas.  They include The Restaurant, where he is planning new dishes and enhancements for the signature Baja-Mediterranean Cuisine, emphasizing Baja's distinctive, abundant seafood and incredible cornucopia of produce;  the Sea Grill, where Gehrig will add new touches to the Contemporary Mexican menu featuring grilled meats and fish;  the Tequila & Ceviche Bar, with new additions to the extensive list of ceviche and fine tequilas;  and the 24-hour suite service, which will be enhanced.

Gehrig is a Swiss native with 16 years of hospitality experience who has held the position of Executive Chef at Five Star hotels in Switzerland, the United Kingdom and South Africa.

He comes to Las Ventanas from the Kempinski Grand Hotel Des Bains, in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where he had been Executive Chef for two years.  Previously, he was Executive Chef at a string of Hilton International properties :  The Trafalgar (London), The Cardiff Hilton, The Belfast Hilton, and The Durban Hilton. In London, Cardiff and Belfast, he opened the hotels and set up the opening standards and menus.  Before Hilton International, he was Executive Chef of The Palace of the Lost City in Sun City. He also served as Executive Chef and a member of the opening management team of the Institute of Hotel and Tourism Management, a hotel management school in Mmabatho, South Africa, and as a kitchen instructor/lecturer at the Hotel Fachschule Belvoirpark, the Swiss hotel management school in Zurich.

Dramatically located at the tip of Mexico's Baja Peninsula, nestled on fine white sands along the sparkling-blue Sea of Cortez, Las Ventanas has set new standards for luxury and service in Latin America since it opened in July 1997.  Las Ventanas features:  61 exceptionally spacious suites with exquisite furnishings, unique appointments hand-crafted by Mexican artisans, individual telescopes for stargazing, and magnificent panoramic views;  an avant-garde spa known for its signature treatments derived from the biological bounty of the Baja desert and its extensive menu of therapies from around the world;  signature Baja-Mediterranean cuisine, served only at Las Ventanas, inspired by the region's abundant natural resources;  a Tequila & Ceviche Bar featuring Mexico's finest tequilas and most diverse ceviche menu;  world-class golf at private Querencia Golf Course;  and an internationally recognized tennis program.

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts manages properties worldwide including The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, The Carlyle in New York, Las  Ventanas al Paraiso in Los Cabos, Mexico, Hotel Seiyo Ginza in Tokyo, Japan, The Dharmawangsa, Jakarta, Indonesia, and a triumvirate of world-class Caribbean properties, Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda, Caneel Bay on St. John and Jumby Bay on Antigua. 

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts
Also See: Luis Fernandes Named Managing Director for Rosewood’s Las Ventanas al Paraiso / June 2003
David Kurland Named Managing Director and Deborah Yager Fleming the Director of Sales and Marketing for Rosewood's Acqualina on Sunny Isles Beach, Florida / May 2004

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