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David Schmidt Becomes Executive Chef for the 218-room
Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona

March 16, 2012 (Sedona, Arizona)
- Enchantment Resort is cooking up a new dining experience in Sedona, Arizona, with the recent appointment of David Schmidt as Executive Chef. A creative talent with extensive experience garnered at hospitality hotspots throughout Arizona, Schmidt is responsible for all culinary operations and menu creation at the award-winning resort, including the renovated Tii Gavo and the NEW signature restaurant, part of the third and final phase of the resort's $25 million transformation debuting spring 2012. Schmidt's responsibilities will also include Mii amo Café, room service and banqueting for meetings and events.

"There are big changes going on in Boynton Canyon, and none bigger than the new dining experiences that are being unveiled with our property-wide renovation. With expressive creativity and a deep appreciation for authentic southwestern-style cuisine, David is the ideal choice to continue our traditions in Tii Gavo and lead our new signature restaurant," said Myra deGersdorff, General Manager of Enchantment Resort.

Inspired by his grandmother while growing up in Valders, Wisconsin, Schmidt has long had a passion for food and enjoyed experimenting with flavor combinations. With encouragement from his mother, he entered the restaurant business at Branch River Country Club in Cato, Wisconsin, back in 1992. Four years later he was Arizona-bound, earning an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts and Sciences and Restaurant Management from the Scottsdale Culinary Institute before joining Pointe Hilton at Squaw Peak as a Sous Chef.

His career progressed steadily, with positions including Butcher/Chef at T. Cook's at the Royal Palms Hotel & Casitas in Phoenix; Chef Instructor-L'Ecole at Scottsdale Culinary Institute Le Cordon Bleu; and five years as Executive Chef at Michael's at the Citadel in Scottsdale. Schmidt's last stop before Enchantment Resort was L'Auberge de Sedona.

When not at work in the kitchen at Enchantment Resort, Schmidt enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters, as well as rooting for the Green Bay Packers.

About Enchantment Resort
Enchantment Resort, part of the Enchantment Group portfolio of award-winning properties, is situated in Sedona's breathtaking Boynton Canyon. The 70-acre resort hosts 218 rooms with various amenities, and all with private viewing decks boasting panoramic views of the canyon. A centrally located clubhouse offers four distinct indoor and outdoor dining experiences, a seasonal pool grill; six tennis courts and gift shop. Guests can enjoy an endless list of activities including; life-affirming treatments at the world-renowned Mii amo Spa, hiking; swimming; mountain biking, and golf. Enchantment Group, the Scottsdale, Arizona-based resort, hotel and spa development and management firm also operates Mii amo, a destination spa, in Sedona, AZ and the Tides Inn resort located in Virginia. For more information about Enchantment Resort, please visit or call 800.826.4180.

Corey Finjer
Hawkins International PR
(212) 255-6541



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