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BRETTON WOODS, N.H. (April 27, 2011) - The Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, has promoted Calvin Belknap to Resort Manager. Following five years as Executive Director of Food & Beverage - during which the resort achieved AAA Four-Diamond status and the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for the Dining Room and the Bretton Arms Dining Room - Belknap is now responsible for all daily operations at the storied mountain retreat.
"We are pleased to promote Calvin in recognition of his commitment to the resort and his efforts to embrace the Omni culture during the past few years," said Larry Magor, managing director at the Omni Mount Washington Resort. "There is no doubt he will continue to bring the same superb qualities to his new role as Resort Manager."
Belknap's expertise is reflective of his vast experience at top resorts and a myriad of accolades earned throughout his career. He first joined the Mount Washington Resort in 1992 as Executive Sous Chef before heading to warmer climates to take on the roles of Executive Chef in Florida. Belknap ultimately accepted the position of Corporate Executive Chef and Director of Food & Beverage for Colonial Williamsburg and The Williamsburg Inn in Virginia. In 2001, the Dining Room at The Williamsburg Inn was named one of the best restaurants by Distinguished Restaurants of North America, and received the National Restaurant Association Award of Excellence for Service, Wine and Food, the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and an AAA Four-Diamond Rating. Along with three medals won in international competitions, including a U.S. Culinary Olympic Team tryout, Belknap received the Blue Plate Award from Epicurean. Belknap was lured back in 2002, where he became the Executive Chef for the Mount Washington Resort. His talent and passion ultimately led to his most recent role as Executive Director of Food & Beverage. In that role since 2006, Belknap oversaw a team of more than 300 associates across the resort's 14 dining venues, from the classic Omni Mount Washington Hotel and Bretton Arms Dining Rooms, to the re-concepted Stickney's, a farm-to-table pub and steakhouse.
In 1999, the Resort Food Executives Committee awarded Belknap the Herman Rusch Medallion as one of the top resort Executive Chefs in the U.S. and Caribbean. He has worked with Joachim Splichal, appeared with Al Roker on the Food Network and made recent appearances on New England Cable News (NECN) and Sirius's Martha Stewart Radio. Belknap has also been featured in Bon Appétit, Gourmet and Wine Spectator.
About the Omni Mount Washington Resort
The Omni Mount Washington Resort is part of the Omni Hotels & Resorts family, which creates genuine, authentic guest experiences that take guests on "A Total Departure" across 50 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business gateways and leisure destinations across North America. The Omni Mount Washington Resort is an all-season resort destination in New Hampshire located at the base of Mount Washington and surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest. In September 2009, Omni Hotels & Resorts began management of the property, which is now home to the Omni Mount Washington Hotel, site of the International Monetary Conference of 1944, and Bretton Woods, New Hampshire's largest ski area. With the completion of a $60 million refurbishment and expansion completed in 2010, the resort unveiled the restored 18-hole Mount Washington Golf Course, a new 25,000-square-foot Spa, 20,000-square-foot Conference Center, 1,400-square-foot Family Suite, outdoor pool complex and renovated guestrooms, lobby and public spaces. The new Bretton Woods Canopy Tour was also added to the resort's list of amenities, which includes top-rated Alpine and Nordic skiing, 27 holes of championship golf and a full slate of additional seasonal activities. A variety of lodging, dining and activities is offered year-round, along with many traditional and cultural events. For more information, visit the omnimountwashingtonresort.com or call 1-800-The-Omni.
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