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Chris Browne Appointed as Executive Chef at 94-key Whiteface Lodge
in Lake Placid, New York, Managed by Gemstone Hotels & Resorts

LAKE PLACID, NY (April 14, 2011) - The Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid, today announced the appointment of Chris Browne as its new Executive Chef. In his new position, Chef Browne is responsible for overseeing all food and beverage operations at the Lodge, including its main dining restaurant, Kanu; its popular and more casual Kanu Lounge; its exclusive lakefront beach area, The Canoe Club; its 24-hour room service; as well as all culinary activities associated with the Lodge's ongoing series of weddings, corporate meetings and other group events. Chef Browne will report to the Lodge's General Manager, Phil Anderson

Chef Browne's 25-plus years of experience in high volume culinary operations for the hospitality business is an ideal fit for the Lodge's diverse and ever-expanding food and beverage program. One of his first assignments will be working with the Lodge's food and beverage team to develop a creative new summer menu for Kanu and the Kanu Lounge, as well as to enhance the food and beverage offerings currently available on the Lodge's outdoor terrace, at the pool and in its two popular lean to's, as well as to reassess the casual fare offered at the Lodge's exclusive lakefront beach area, The Canoe Club. Additionally, the Lodge has an impressive schedule of weddings, corporate meetings, family reunions and other events booked for the spring, summer and fall seasons and Chef Browne will review and evaluate the Lodge's menu offerings for each event category.

At the start of his career, Chef Browne received classical culinary training at Paris' famous Maxim's restaurant under world-renowned Chef Daniel Viger. When Viger was tapped to be the Executive Chef at New York City's Waldorf Astoria Hotel, he asked Chef Browne to join him. The famed Waldorf Astoria was an important step in Chef Browne's highly respected, long-term career in the hospitality industry. In previous roles, Chef Browne worked for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company for five years and in a variety of culinary roles. He also served as Executive Chef and Director of Food and Beverage at the AAA Four Diamond Canterbury Hotel in Indianapolis, IN. Earlier in his career, he served as the Banquet Chef at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas.

Equally impressive is Chef Browne's background in overseeing high volume food and beverage operations. For example, he formerly served as the Executive Chef for the RCA Dome at the Indianapolis Convention Center and most recently he held the position of Executive Chef and Director of Food and Beverage for Gaylord Hotels, Opryland located in Nashville, TN, where the gross food and beverage revenues in 2009 exceeded $12 million.

The Whiteface Lodge is managed by Gemstone Hotels & Resorts, a hotel management and asset management company specializing in luxury and upscale urban hotels and complex resorts. Additionally, the Lodge is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. For information, please call 1-800-903-4045, visit, follow us on Twitter @TheWFL  or become a friend on  Facebook. For additional information, or to schedule an interview with Chef Browne, please contact The Lodge's public relations agency, Martin Media, by calling Renee Martin at 845-987-1665 or via email at .

About The Whiteface Lodge
Located in the woodland setting of the High Peaks region of Lake Placid, New York, The Whiteface Lodge is the only all-suite property in the Adirondacks, offering 94 guest accommodations.  The Lodge also offers a value-added experience unparalleled in the region, providing guests with access to a wide range of complimentary amenities, services and activities, including a sumptuous breakfast each morning in Kanu, the property's main dining area; a creative kids program called Kamp Kanu; an onsite heated swimming pool; fishing in a stocked catch and release pond, with all equipment provided; basketball, tennis and paddle tennis courts; sophisticated fitness center; three-season ice skating rink; family game room with a two-lane bowling alley; nightly gratis s'mores campfire; and a 54-seat movie theater. Additionally, during the summer, Lodge guests receive complimentary access to the property's private lakefront "Canoe Club," where kayaks, canoes, and paddleboats are all gratis.

Renee Martin
845-987-1665 / NYC


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Also See: Gemstone Signs Management Agreement to Operate The Whiteface Lodge Resort in Lake Placid, N.Y. / May 2008

T-Rex Capital, LLC Transfers its Interest in Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid, NY to an Affiliate of the Lender / April 2008

The Whiteface Lodge Resort and Spa Acquired by T-Rex Capital, The Lake Placid, NY Resort Will be the Flagship Property of T-Rex Capital's High-End Private Residence Club / January 2007

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