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Benchmark Hospitality International Appoints Brian West
Executive Chef at Hotel Contessa, San Antonio, Texas

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, July 2009 ... Benchmark Hospitality has appointed Brian West executive chef for Hotel Contessa, the Personal Luxury Hotel™ on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas, and its acclaimed restaurant, Las Ramblas.  Eric Adame, Benchmark’s general manager at Hotel Contessa, made the announcement. 

“I am so pleased to welcome Brian to Hotel Contessa,” said Mr. Adame.  “He is an exceptional, award-winning chef with 18 years of solid experience that he brings to our property.”

A food and beverage veteran, Brian West previously served as executive chef for Café Paladar, a restaurant he created, owned and operated.   Café Paladar earned top honors in 2008 as one of the “Top 500 Restaurants in America” according to The New York Times, and for Mr. West, as one of the “Top 100 Chefs in Texas” by Texas Monthly magazine.

Mr. West’s first appointment as executive chef was for Fresh Horizons Catering of San Antonio.  He has also served as banquet chef working with Bruce Auden at Biga on the Riverwalk in San Antonio.  He was previously sous chef at the Westin La Cantera.

Brian West attended The Art Institute of Houston, graduating at the top of his class.  He resides in San Antonio.

About Hotel Contessa
Celebrating the region’s unmatched storied heritage as a fusion of cultures, Hotel Contessa pays homage to the best of San Antonio, incorporating modern interpretations of its unique architecture, hospitality, cuisine and lifestyle.  The 240,000-square-foot, 12-story hotel features 10,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event facilities, a dedicated fitness center, full-service spa and rooftop swimming pool, as well as a gourmet restaurant and lounge that give leisure and business travelers a true taste of the new San Antonio.  Hotel Contessa embodies Benchmark Hospitality’s nearly thirty years of innovation and excellence in the operation and development of premium hotels, resorts and conference centers.  The property is located at 306 W. Market Street.  For more information or to make your reservation, please call 210-229-9222 or log onto

About Benchmark Hospitality International
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 Hospitality is a worldwide organization operating properties in 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 the location of Benchmark’s properties and additional information, visit 


Ken Ellens
Ken Ellens Communications 
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Also See: Benchmark Hospitality Appoints Shane Bruns Director of Food and Beverage for Hotel Contessa in San Antonio, Texas / May 2009



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