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Montage Hotels & Resorts Names Gabriel Ask as Executive Chef and
Tim Dupree as Associate Director of Sales & Marketing for the
201-room Montage Beverly Hills in California

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. – (April 1, 2011) - Montage Beverly Hills, located in the heart of Southern California’s most celebrated neighborhood, today announced that Gabriel Ask has been named as Executive Chef for the hotel.  Additionally, Tim Dupree has been appointed to the role of Associate Director of Sales & Marketing for the Montage Beverly Hills.

Executive Chef Gabriel Ask
“We welcome Gabriel and his impressive talent to Montage Beverly Hills,” said Hermann Elger, General Manager, Montage Beverly Hills. “He is a rising star, and we know his passion for creating dynamic flavors will serve our guests well.”

As Executive Chef, Ask will lead the culinary operations of Montage Beverly Hills, continuing the property’s commitment to creative dining experiences that feature a modern infusion of California’s finest seasonal ingredients and artisanal products. He oversees all culinary operations for the hotel including special events, private dining, catering and conference services, banquets and the stunning rooftop restaurant, The Conservatory Grill, which features unparalleled views of the Hollywood Hills.

Ask began his culinary career working for award-winning chef Thomas Keller at famed French Laundry and continued on to hone his skills under such other prestigious chefs as Alain Ducasse and Joël Robuchon. Most recently, Ask served as Executive Sous Chef for The Resort at Pelican Hill. Prior to that, he was with the Bellagio Hotel and Casino.

Tim Dupree - Associate Director of Sales & Marketing
“We are excited to welcome Tim to Montage Hotels & Resorts,” said Hermann Elger, General Manager, Montage Beverly Hills. “His extensive experience in the Beverly Hills market and strong background driving sales and marketing strategy for luxury properties make him a natural fit for this position.”

With more than 30 years of industry experience, Dupree has held esteemed roles at many luxury properties throughout the U.S., including more than 15 years of experience in the Los Angeles hospitality industry. He most recently served as the Area Director of Sales for The Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air. During his tenure, Dupree oversaw all local sales strategy and established strong relationships within the greater Los Angeles community, including strategic partnerships with entertainment industry influencers, studio executives and A-list talent.

Previously, Dupree spent more than 18 years with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, driving operations, sales and marketing efforts for the company’s Austin, Nevis, Newport Beach, The Beverly Wilshire and Four Seasons Los Angeles.

Dupree holds a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Hospitality Management from Niagara University.

About Montage Beverly Hills
Awarded Forbes Five Star in groundbreaking time, Montage Beverly Hills features 201 well-appointed guestrooms, including 55 suites, paying tribute to both old-style Hollywood and modern day luxury. The exterior, designed in the Spanish Colonial Revival style complements the rich history and tradition of Southern California’s most celebrated neighborhood. Located steps from Rodeo Drive in the heart of the Golden Triangle, guests and residents find convenient access to luxurious retailers and exquisite dining. Through every facet, Montage Beverly Hills embodies the essence of Hollywood’s Golden Age. With our commitment to sustainability, Montage Beverly Hills was the first hotel and residences to receive Gold LEED certification in Southern California. For information and reservations, please contact Montage Beverly Hills at 310-860-7800 or visit the Web site,

About Montage Hotels & Resorts
Montage Hotels & Resorts is a hotel and resort management company founded in 2002 by Alan Fuerstman. Designed to serve affluent travelers and homeowners, the company features an artistic collection of distinctive hotels, resorts and residences in stunning settings that offer comfortable elegance, a unique sense of place and spirit, impeccable hospitality and memorable culinary, spa and lifestyle experiences. Montage Laguna Beach, the company’s flagship oceanfront resort, opened in the vibrant arts community of Laguna Beach, California, in 2003. Montage Beverly Hills, the company’s second hotel, opened in Beverly Hills in 2008 and was the first Gold LEED certified hotel and residences in Southern California. Montage Deer Valley, located in Park City, Utah, is the company’s third property which opened in December 2010.

Jamie Foley
M Booth & Associates

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