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Grant MacPherson Named Culinary Director and Head Chef
at Sandy Lane in St. James, Barbados

St. James, Barbados - November 28, 2007 - Dermot Desmond, Chairman of the famed Sandy Lane, located in St. James, Barbados, is delighted to announce the appointment of internationally renowned Chef Grant MacPherson as Culinary Director and Head Chef. Chef MacPherson will direct the already successful culinary team at Sandy Lane, forging a new and exciting gastronomical direction and creating high profile food and wine events.  The depth of his international experience will greatly enrich the culinary experience at Sandy Lane. His arrival in January 2008 will be a source of excitement for Sandy Lane team members and all valued guests. which is located in 
"The resort expects a full house this winter season and we are all looking forward to the culinary creativity and new direction that Chef MacPherson will bring to our restaurants and events," stated Mr. Desmond. 
Prior to Chef MacPherson's appointment, he was instrumental in developing new concepts for 24 Wynn Las Vegas restaurants as well as establishing and overseeing the culinary operations of the new Wynn Macau. Chef MacPherson was recruited by Steve Wynn in 1998 to head culinary operations at the new 3,000 room Bellagio in Las Vegas where he was responsible for overseeing the creation and operation of 18 restaurants in addition to being responsible for over 800 culinary employees.  Chef MacPherson has also worked in a number of prestigious hotel kitchens including The Regent, Ritz-Carlton, The Four Seasons, Malaysia's Datai Hotel, and the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. 
Chef MacPherson, a native of Scotland, has tremendous international experience, having worked on five continents. He has cooked for heads of state and 'gourmet royalty,' including Margaret Thatcher, George W. Bush, Princess Diana, Nelson Mandela, Rod Stewart Jimmy Stewart, Morgan Freeman, Julia Roberts, and Robert Mandavi. In addition, Chef MacPherson has also been involved in a number of charitable events around the world including the James Beard House in New York City. He was also awarded a gold medal at the 1992 Culinary Olympics which were held in Frankfurt, Germany.
His education background includes graduating with honors from NiagaraCollege, Niagara Falls, Canada. In 2006, Chef MacPherson's alma mater awarded him with an honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies Degree for Outstanding Professional and Personal Achievements in the Fields of Culinary Arts and Hospitality.
Sandy Lane is an exceptional hotel offering the very finest facilities and luxuries. The property represents the absolute pinnacle in comfort, luxury and service -- from guest rooms that average 900 square feet to Bentley luxury car airport transfers to a host of amenities to pristine beaches and extensive dining options such as L'Acajou and Bajan Blue which are located right by the Caribbean Sea, affording spectacular views. A 47,000 square-foot Spa is available for those seeking some indulgent pampering and, for the more active, there are three world class golf courses, including the Country Club course which hosted the World Golf Championships-Barbados World Cup in December 2006.
About Sandy Lane
Sandy Lane is located on the western coast of the island of Barbados.  Originally built in 1961, Dermot Desmond, J.P. McManus and partners purchased the property and golf course in 1996 and completely rebuilt and expanded, opening in March 2001.  This exclusive 112-room resort has stylish lodging in rooms that average 900 square feet, a five-bedroom villa, luxury Bentley airport transfers, four restaurants including the signature restaurant L'Acajou, five bars, a 47,000-square-foot spa and three distinct golf courses offering guests the best golf in the Caribbean.  Two of the courses are Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole courses including the Green Monkey Course. Sandy Lane is a partner of Virtuoso and a Member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts.          

Martha Pulido
Tel.: 212 957 3005
[email protected]

Also See: Grant MacPherson Named Executive Chef and Frederic Robert as Executive Pastry Chef for the Wynn Las Vegas Resort / April 2004


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