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Hard Rock Hotel San Diego Hires Jeff Walter as Executive Chef

San Diego, Calif., (September 13, 2007) — Hard Rock Hotel San Diego announces today it has hired Jeff Walter as Executive Chef. With his credentials boasting an extensive array of culinary and hospitality industry experience, Walter is perfectly poised to lead the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego (HRHSD) food and beverage team.  His responsibilities will consist of overseeing all culinary operations, including Maryjane’s Coffee Shop, both Rande Gerber bars and pool menus, room service for the 420 guest rooms and Rock Star Suites and all banquets and catering for over 40,000 square feet of meeting space.
Prior to joining HRHSD, Walter dedicated more than eight years to the culinary development of Caesars Palace Resort Casino in Las Vegas, culminating in a two-year reign as the Executive Sous Chef.  During his tenure, Walter worked with Chef Bobby Flay at Mesa Grill and Executive Chef Bradley Ogden, contributing to the over $200 million of food and beverage revenue for the hotel. Walter led the total culinary and stewarding operations, including the management of 74 chefs and 450 culinary employees. Walter’s career has spanned from coast-to-coast, from the famed Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows to The Phoenician Resort in Arizona to the Governor’s Club and Resort in North Carolina. Walter’s diverse experience within the culinary operations of five-star properties around the country makes him a perfect complement to the discerning style and quality of HRHSD.
“The addition of Chef Jeff Walter to our exquisite roster of signature food and beverage partners, including Rande Gerber and Nobu, places Hard Rock Hotel San Diego on a culinary level unlike any other hotel in the city,” says Victor Tiffany, Senior Vice President of Concept Development.  “Jeff’s long-standing leadership of many renowned destination properties gives him the experience to provide our guests with menus that not only exceed their highest culinary expectation, but are uniquely Hard Rock.”
HRHSD is scheduled to open in October 2007. The 420-room hotel will feature 17 uniquely designed Rock Star Suites, destination restaurants and bars, Rock Spa and music venue, all centrally located in the city’s famed Gaslamp Quarter. HRHSD’s 40,000 square feet of meeting space will feature a modern, non-traditional design and cutting edge technology. The single largest indoor space is 9,200 square feet, accommodating up to 1,000 attendees.
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About Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego is located at the entrance of the Gaslamp Quarter, on the corner of Fifth Avenue and L Street. The property boasts an upscale, contemporary design, signature restaurants, a sophisticated nightlife, superior customer service and, of course, the distinctive thread running through all Hard Rock properties -- rock.  Amenities include 420 rooms and suites, over 40,000 square feet of unique meeting and event space, a Rock Spa and fitness center, a landscaped rooftop pool deck with private cabanas, a 5,000 square foot live music venue, a world-class Nobu restaurant and chic lounge and pool bar operated by Rande Gerber. The 12-story hotel is currently under construction and expected to open October 2007.
About Hard Rock International 
With 123 high-energy Hard Rock Cafes and eight Hotels/Casinos in 46 countries, Hard Rock International is one of the world’s most globally recognized brands. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. In addition to the two flagship Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla., Hard Rock Hotels/Casinos are located in Las Vegas, Biloxi, Orlando, Chicago, Pattaya and Bali, with San Diego scheduled to open later in 2007. Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced in Palm Springs and Macau, scheduled to open in 2009. Hard Rock International, Inc, is owned by Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc. 

Rachel Harrison
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Also See: Tarsadia Hotels and Hard Rock Hotels International Developing 420 room Hard Rock Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego; All Rooms Being Offered as Condos / December 2005


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