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Karsten Hart Named Chef de Cuisine at the Castle Hill Inn
in Newport, Rhode Island

Newport, RI – May 11, 2011
– Castle Hill Inn, a Relais & Chateaux property located at 590 Ocean Drive in Newport, RI, is pleased to announce that acclaimed chef, Karsten Hart, has joined the property as Chef de Cuisine, where he will assist Executive Chef Jonathan Cambra in all aspects of Castle Hill’s culinary team. For more information, please call 401.849.3800 or visit

“We are thrilled to welcome Chef Hart to our team,” said Daniel Braun, General Manager.  “His culinary philosophy is a perfect match for ours at Castle Hill and his experience at other Relais & Chateaux properties around the country promises to add another degree of excellence to our culinary program.”

Prior to joining Castle Hill, Chef Hart was Executive Chef at The Estate by the Elderberries in Oakhurst, CA, a Relais & Chateaux property, where he was a Grand Chef. Chef Hart was one of only 20 U.S. chefs with the ‘Grand Chef’ designation including Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller. There, he was responsible for all kitchen operations and the planning and development of a daily five-course menu, as well as teaching three-day cooking classes.

Prior to that, Chef Hart was a Sous Chef at the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans, LA, a five star, five diamond property, where he was responsible for expediting breakfast, lunch, and dinner shifts for the hotel’s award-winning restaurant.

A graduate of Louisiana State University and the California Culinary Academy, Chef Hart currently resides in Newport with his wife, Deja.

About Castle Hill Inn & Resort
Castle Hill is open for dinner from 5:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 5:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the ocean view dining room, and Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., with brunch served on Sundays from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm accompanied by live jazz.

Castle Hill Inn is a Relais & Chateaux property, exemplifying the warmth and quiet luxury of 19th century seacoast life. Voted by readers of Conde Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure as one of the top hotels in the world, and lauded by the New York Times as ‘the best spot in town,’ Castle Hill Inn & Resort is the epitome of Newport elegance.

Castle Hill Inn includes the Agassiz Mansion, Harbor House rooms, Beach House rooms, Beach Cottages, the Chalet, and four dining rooms. Castle Hill Inn and Resort delivers an unmatched getaway in a superb oceanfront location.

Castle Hill Inn is operated by Newport Harbor Corporation, an employee-owned (ESOP) hospitality corporation based in Newport, RI. For more information on Newport Harbor Corporation, please visit the website at


Kate Barba
Regan Communications


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Also See: Elias Van Niekerk Named Director of Food & Beverage at the Castle Hill Inn in Newport, Rhode Island / April 2011

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Castle Hill Inn & Resort Names Lindsey Struck Rooms Division Manager / April 2010

Daniel Braun Appointed General Manager at the Castle Hill Inn and Resort, Newport, Rhode Island / January 2010

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