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Kyle Ketchum Appointed Executive Chef at Hyatt Regency
 Newport Hotel & Spa , Newport, Rhode Island

November, 2010 – Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel & Spa's General Manager John Karchner is delighted to announce the appointment of Kyle Ketchum as Executive Chef.  A veteran culinarian boasting Mobil Four Star and AAA Four Diamond-rated talent as well as experience heading up his own restaurant consulting group, Ketchum is responsible for all hotel dining operations, including menu creation for Windward Restaurant, Pineapples on the Bay, room service, banqueting and special events.    

At Hyatt Regency Newport’s Goat Island location on Narragansett Bay off the coast of Newport, Ketchum looks forward to utilizing all the fresh, New England-grown ingredients and local catch that the area has to offer. 

“Kyle brings a wealth of culinary knowledge and a history of highly rated success in New England,” said John Karchner, General Manager of Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel & Spa.  “We look forward to his fresh approach and innovative ideas to take our dining experience to the next level.”

Ketchum joins Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel & Spa following success with Ketchum Hospitality Group, a sole-proprietorship during which he consulted with restaurants and hotels throughout New England.  Previously, Ketchum was Executive Chef at the acclaimed Spiced Pear at The Chanler at Cliffwalk.

Before arriving in New England, Ketchum spent more than a decade at highly rated restaurants across the Midwest, including tenure as Executive Chef at The Lark in West Bloomfield, Michigan – Detroit’s only Mobil Four Star restaurant, where he was voted Best Chef in Michigan by Hour Magazine; Chef de Cuisine at the AAA Four Diamond-rated Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, Colorado; Sous Chef at The American Restaurant, Kansas City’s only Mobil Four Star restaurant; Sous Chef at Gold Lake Mountain Resort and Spa in Ward, Colorado; and Executive Sous Chef at Polo’s at the Fairmount Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.

A native of San Antonio, Texas, Ketchum earned an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts and an Associate Degree in Restaurant Management from the Scottsdale Culinary Institute Le Cordon Bleu.

About Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel & Spa
Located on Goat Island in Newport Harbor of Narragansett Bay, Hyatt Regency Newport is just minutes from the Gilded Age mansions, Cliff Walk National Recreation Trail and absorbing history of Newport, Rhode Island. Fresh from a $35 million, property-wide renovation, the hotel’s 257 waterview guest rooms are appointed with elegant interiors and décor. The renovated, full-service Stillwater Spa offers myriad treatments with marine-based products, while the adjacent  StayFit@Hyatt™ Fitness Center features an indoor pool. Guests can drive from the hotel’s two-story parking garage over Goat Island bridge or reach downtown Newport aboard the electric “Plug ‘N Play” boat launch – a scenic and environmentally friendly service. The Windward Restaurant offers the finest in seaside dining; Pineapples On the Bay is a casual waterside restaurant; and Five33 Lounge serves creative cocktails and light fare before great views of Newport Bridge and Narragansett Bay. The hotel is also a splendid destination for meetings and special events, with 25,000 square feet of renovated indoor space and 50,000 square feet of outdoor space, much of it on the new park-like “Great Lawn.”

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome.  Thousands of members of the Hyatt family in 45 countries strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The company’s subsidiaries own, manage or franchise more than 380 hotels and resorts under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz™, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place® and Hyatt Summerfield Suites™ brand names and have additional locations under development on five continents.  Hyatt Vacation Ownership, Inc., a Hyatt Hotels Corporation subsidiary, develops and operates vacation ownership properties under the Hyatt Vacation Club® and Hyatt Residence Club® brands.

Michelle Munick
   Hawkins International
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