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Benchmark Hospitality’s Giorgi Di Lemis, VP Food & Beverage,
Stirs Up Flavor at Culinary Institute of America’s Prestigious Greystone Summit

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, May 2010 … Giorgi Di Lemis, Benchmark Hospitality International’s vice president food & beverage, was invited recently by The Culinary Institute of America to Napa Valley.  Mr. Di Lemis was part of a select group of food and beverage professionals from across the nation to receive the prestigious invitation to attend the renowned Greystone Flavor Summit in Napa, cosponsored with Food Arts magazine.

Each year, the Greystone Flavor Summit brings together top food and beverage vice presidents, food & beverage directors, corporate and executive chefs, as well as other experts in the American food service industry to discuss important culinary issues.  The group collectively explores and tastes its way through a critical set of flavor, kitchen and dining issues during the three-day summit.  Just 35-40 culinary professionals are invited each year as the core group taking part in the event.

Giorgi Di Lemis and Michael Chiarello                          Masaharu Morimoto and Giorgi Di Lemis

This was the second year Giorgi Di Lemis was invited to be a part of the distinguished group of professionals.  The event also included culinary celebrities Michael Chiarello, Emmy Award-winning Food Network personality, restaurateur and cookbook author; Masaharu Morimoto, well-known New York Chef, restaurateur, and a star of Iron Chef America; and Farmer Lee Jones of the renowned Chef's Garden, among others.

About Giorgi Di Lemis
Giorgi Di Lemis is vice president food & beverage for Benchmark Hospitality International.  A native of Venice, Italy, Mr. Di Lemis has served as corporate vice president of food & beverage for Gaylord Hotels and for the luxury resort division of Wyndham Hotels and Resorts.  He has also served in executive management positions with Hyatt Hotels Corporation.  Mr. Di Lemis launched his culinary career in Europe, working for Hotel Rigel in his hometown of Venice, for Peppermint Park in London, and for Hilton Hotels in Greece and Turkey.  He is a graduate of the Accademia di Venezia, Ca’ Foscari of Venice, Italy.  He is a certified Hotel Executive through A.H.M.A.  Mr. Di Lemis is a member of the President’s Club for Toastmasters International, of the prestigious Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, of the renowned Slow Food Movement of Milan, Italy, and the World Association of Chefs Societies.

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 independent 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.  The company’s northeast regional office is in New Jersey, with international offices in Tokyo, Japan, and Santiago, Chile. For the location of Benchmark’s properties and additional information, visit

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

Also See: Benchmark Hospitality International Appoints Giorgi Di Lemis Vice President Food & Beverage / October 2009

In Memoriam: A Tribute to Bob Zappatelli, Benchmark's Vice President of Food and Beverage, 1959 – 2009 / June 2009

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