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Jan Pfeiffer Appointed Executive Chef for the
Wyndham Rio Mar in Puerto Rico


RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (April 21, 2009) – Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Resort, today announced the appointment of Jan Pfeiffer as executive chef. 

He will oversee all resort culinary programs and menus at each of the six restaurants including Palio’s, known for award-winning Italian cuisine; the Grille Room, where steak is served in view of two championship golf courses; Shima, a sushi bar; and Seabreezes, the resort’s poolside dining.

“Bringing an abundance of experience and expertise to the table and kitchen, Pfeiffer offers innovative epicurean creations for those guests longing for an escape from the ordinary,” said Sam Basu, Director of Food & Beverage and Resort Manager.

As a graduate of a four-year German culinary arts program, Pfeiffer most recently held executive chef positions at the La Quinta Resort and Club, a member of the Waldorf Astoria Collection in La Quinta, Calif., and The Club at PGA West, La Quinta, where he directed a $40 million culinary resort operation and was involved in five private and public golf club culinary operations for the PGA. 

In 1994 Pfeiffer joined the Hilton Anaheim & Towers in Anaheim, Calif, as Executive Sous Chef, where he earned the Les Toques Blanches Chef of the Year Award in 2005 and consecutive Gold Awards from the Southern Californian Restaurant Writers Association.

Earlier in his career, he worked for Steigenberger Hotels and the Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, both in Hamburg, Germany.

Situated on 500 acres along a mile-long section of tropical beach adjacent to the Caribbean National Rain Forest of El Yunque and the Mameyes River, the resort features a 7,000-square-foot casino; two world-class, 18-hole golf courses; a 7,000-square-foot spa and fitness center; multiple lounges and entertainment venues; international tennis center; water sports center; and two beach-front pools.

For more information on Wyndham Rio Mar, call (800) 4 RIO MAR or visit 

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC and its affiliates, subsidiaries of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), offer upscale hotel and resort accommodations throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Mexico and the Caribbean. All hotels are either franchised or managed by Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC or an affiliate. Additional information is available at


Ashley Miracle
(850) 668-2222

Also See: Jeremy Marquard Appointed Director of Sales and Marketing for the Rio Mar Beach Golf Resort, Casino & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Resort in Puerto Rico / August 2008

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