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Benchmark Appoints Matthew Pinner as Executive Chef
for The Chattanoogan in Chattanooga, Tennessee

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, January 2009 … Benchmark Hospitality International has announced the appointment of Matthew Pinner as executive chef for The Chattanoogan, the urban resort located in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Tom Cupo, Benchmark’s general manager for the property, made the announcement.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce Matthew’s promotion,” said Mr. Cupo.  "He has been an exemplary member of our food & beverage team for the past three years and will provide terrific leadership in our culinary program.”

Previously, Matthew Pinner served as The Chattanoogan’s executive sous chef, responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the resort's Broad Street Grille, Foundry and Strouds restaurants. 
Chef Pinner has invested 14 years of his career within the Chattanooga market.  Prior to joining The Chattanoogan, he held positions of increasing responsibility including executive chef at the Southside Grill, one of Chattanooga’s finest restaurants.  Pinner was also executive sous chef for the Vine Street Market of Chattanooga.
Matthew Pinner is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University of Charleston, South Carolina.  He and his wife are active in culinary fundraising programs within Chattanooga, supporting local artists.
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, Japan, and Santiago, Chile. For locations of properties and additional information, visit 


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

Angela Southard Winther
Winther Communications
(843) 881-4824

Also See: John Billings Named Executive Chef and Assistant Director of Food & Beverage for Benchmark's Eaglewood Resort & Spa, Itasca, Illinois / July 2008
Benchmark Hospitality Appoints Peter M. Carl Executive Chef of Naples Bay Resort / June 2008



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