|PORTLAND, Maine (December 21, 2006) - Eve’s at the Garden Executive
Chef Jeff Landry was named Maine’s Chef of the Year by the Maine Restaurant
Association. Landry was notified of his recognition at Portland Harbor
Hotel by Dick Grotton, Maine
Restaurant Association’s President and CEO. A formal award ceremony
takes place in Portland, Maine on March 20, 2007.
His efforts at Taste of the Nation (Share Our Strength) last summer were
remarkable. The Taste was a combined effort by Back BayGrill, Cinque Terre,
Hugo’s and MIMS, but Jeff Landry led the charge. The efforts of these great
chefs and restaurants allowed Share Our Strength Maine to make two large
grants this year to Maine Equal Justice Partners and East End Kids Catering
– totaling nearly thirty-thousand dollars. These non-profit organizations
are deeply committed to childhood hunger issues in Maine. Helping at this
level, at any level really, is something that all of the Taste of the Nation
chefs are very proud of.”
|“Jeff was nominated by his Maine
restaurant industry peers and chosen from a pool of incredible Maine chefs.
In the last year he has been instrumental in raising awareness about childhood
hunger issues in Maine with Share Our Strength and he has worked to help
victims of Hurricane Katrina with his ‘Creole Cooking’ event. He is someone
who always thinks of everyone else first,” said Grotton.
Landry’s leadership at Maine’s Share
Our Strength and Portland Harbor Hotel’s “Creole Cooking” fundraiser
netted nearly sixty-five-thousand dollars. This is an amazing accomplishment
for Landry and his peers from area restaurants, who also participated.
“Jeff is a terrific culinarian, but his greatest asset is his attitude.
He never shies away from a challenge and is always trying new ideas. His
most recent event was a sit-down dinner with a fashion show. It brought
together a nice group of Old Port merchants and a generous group of guests.
This event benefited The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical
Center. His passionate approach to using his cooking skills to help others
makes working with Jeff a truly enjoyable experience,” said Gerard Kiladjian,
General Manager at Portland Harbor Hotel.
Jeff Perkins, Director of Operations and Franchising at Amato’s Sandwich
Shops and Share Our Strength and Maine Restaurant Association board member
said, “Jeff Landry is a good friend to have.
Dick Grotton, Maine Restaurant Association President
and CEO with Chef Jeff Landry, Maine Restaurant
Association 2007 Chef of the Year
Jeff Landry - Background
Jeff Landry is Executive Chef of Eve’s at the Garden at Portland Harbor
Hotel. The focus at Eve’s is on Mediterranean cuisine, with a strong emphasis
on French and Italian cooking. Landry’s culinary experiences include owning
his own restaurant, Seasons Café (Lewiston, ME), as well as a multi-year
engagement with Harraseeket Inn (Freeport, ME). Landry entered the Portland,
ME, dining scene when he opened the popular Old Port restaurant, Cinque
Terre, where he was executive chef. He earned a culinary arts degree from
New Hampshire Community College.
About Portland Harbor Hotel & Eve’s at the Garden
Portland Harbor Hotel
is located at 468 Fore St. in the heart of Old Port, just a block from
the city's vibrant waterfront. The Hotel's old world charm, distinctive
design and top-notch service have earned it the distinction of being an
American Automobile Association (AAA) four-diamond hotel, the only hotel
to receive this honor in Portland. The Hotel's deluxe guest rooms and suites
offer views of Portland and the beautiful courtyard. On-site services and
amenities include a state-of-the-art conference room, wireless high speed
Internet access throughout the Hotel, valet parking, complimentary Lincoln
Town car service, certified concierge services, 24-hour room service, nightly
turndown service, meeting and banquet facilities, and a fitness center.
The Portland Harbor Hotel is home to the four-star restaurant, Eve's at
the Garden. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily in the dining
room overlooking the Terrace.