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Jonathan Gelman Named Executive Sous Chef, 
Arizona Biltmore


PHOENIX, Arizona, July 14, 2004 -- The Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa has named a consummate food and beverage professional the new executive sous chef. Jonathan Gelman brings to the historic property a 20-year background of senior positions with luxury hotels and resorts and premium winery restaurants.
In his new position, Gelman is working closely with Executive Chef Michael Cairns to manage and implement all of the resort's extensive dining operations, which range from 24-hour room service for the 730 guest accommodations to five different restaurants and lounges.

He came to Arizona's landmark "Grand Dame" from Michael's at The Citadel, in Scottsdale, where he served as executive chef of catering & banquets with responsibility for all tournament events such as the Phoenix Open. Previously, he was the owner and executive chef of Napa Gardens Catering, Napa Valley, California, which featured his menu of Napa Valley Cuisine with Mediterranean influences.

Jonathan Gelman
Also in Napa Valley, he was executive chef of Cuvaison Winery and banquet chef & grill restaurant chef at Meadowood Resort.

Other experience includes serving as executive chef, Monarch Bay Resorts, Laguna-Niguel, California; and pastry sous chef and sous chef of The Dining Room Restaurant, Ritz-Carlton Laguna-Niguel, Dana Point, California.

Nestled on 39 acres at the foot of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve and majestic Squaw Peak, the legendary Arizona Biltmore is celebrating a milestone in 2004 -- its 75th anniversary. Opened in 1929, it is one of the most recognized resorts in the world for its distinctive architecture inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, luxurious facilities and storied history as a playground of the rich and famous. After 75 years, it remains the historic "Jewel of the Desert" and Arizona's best known luxury resort. Facilities include eight swimming pools, seven tennis courts, two 18-hole PGA golf courses and an 18-hole putting course.

KSL Resorts, founded in 1992 and based in La Quinta, CA, operates some of the most unique and memorable golf and spa resorts in the world including The Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa; Claremont Resort & Spa, Berkeley, CA; Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Miami, FL; Emerald Pointe Resort, Lake Lanier Islands, GA; Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa, Maui, HI; Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego, CA; La Costa Resort and Spa, Carlsbad, CA; La Quinta Resort & Club, La Quinta, CA; and PGA West, La Quinta,CA. Visit

Carolyn Pendergast
Director of Marketing
The Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa
Also See: Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / The Boutique Search Firm / May 2004
CNL Hospitality Completes Acquisition of Six KSL Resorts for $1.4 billion in Cash and Assumption of $794 million Debt; KSL Appointed Interim Management Company / April 2004
Architectural Landmark Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa Acquired by KSL Recreation for $335 million Plus $8.3 million in Working Capital Adjustments / Dec 2000

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