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Benchmark Hospitality Names Rick Shell Director
of Food and Beverage for The Chattanoogan

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, April 2008 … Benchmark Hospitality International has announced the appointment of Rick Shell as director of food and beverage for The Chattanoogan, the urban resort located in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Tom Cupo, Benchmark’s general manager for the property, made the announcement.

"I am so pleased to announce Rick's appointment," said Mr. Cupo.  "This represents a well deserved promotion for him and we're thrilled he is providing important leadership in our food and beverage operations."

Rick Shell was previously the executive chef for The Chattanoogan.  In this role, he was responsible for overseeing the daily operations of hotel's three dining establishments, The Broad Street Grille, The Foundry and Strouds, as well as the hotel's in-room dining.

An 18-year food industry veteran, prior to joining The Chattanoogan Shell served as the executive chef for several upscale properties in Nevada. Before moving west, he was the chef de cuisine at the renowned Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia. During his tenure in Virginia, Chef Shell cooked for former President Clinton, preparing meals for several of the President's retreats.

Rick Shell discovered his passion for cooking at age 13 when he began working in a restaurant preparing food and making bread. When he was 17, he entered the internationally renowned Culinary Institute of America in New York. 

Mr. Shell has received numerous awards and honors during his career.  These include Chattanooga's Five Star Food Fight Champion 2005, 2006, and the Stone Soup Cook Off Champion in 2006.  He is a past President of the American Culinary Federation, Chattanooga Chapter.

About The Chattanoogan

The Chattanoogan, a 210,000 square-foot five-story upscale urban resort with 199 guest rooms and suites, features a 25,000 square-foot conference center with comprehensive meeting planning and audiovisual support services, three outstanding dining establishments, and a spa with four treatment rooms, a steam room, sauna, fitness center, indoor pool, whirlpool and patio overlooking the hotel's courtyard.  The Chattanoogan is conveniently located within a two-hour drive from Atlanta; Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee; Huntsville and Birmingham, Alabama.  For more information or reservations, call (423) 756-3400, toll free (877) 756-1684, or visit The Chattanoogan's website at  Benchmark Hospitality International operates The Chattanoogan.

Benchmark Hospitality International is a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and Personal Luxury Hotels™.  The privately held company, launched in 1980, is a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers.  Benchmark is a worldwide organization operating over 30 properties representing major metropolitan and resort destinations.   Benchmark's international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston, with regional offices in New Jersey and Connecticut.  International offices are located in Tokyo and Santiago, Chile. For locations of properties and additional information, visit  


Ken Ellens
Ken Ellens Communications 
201-758-2864 / 201-758-2865-Fax 

Also See: Benchmark Hospitality Appoints Tom Cupo General Manager for The Chattanoogan in Chattanooga, Tennessee / April 2008
The Owner, City of Chattanooga, Pleased with the Direction The Chattanoogan Hotel is Going / January 2008


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