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The Hotel at Auburn University in Alabama
Welcomes New Chef, Garry Anderson

AUBURN, AL - July 18, 2012 – The Hotel at Auburn University is pleased to announce the appointment of Garry Anderson as the new Chef of Ariccia Trattoria & Bar.  In his new position, Anderson will oversee the kitchens of Ariccia, Piccolo, and Café Sienna as well as room service operations.  Chef Anderson brings more than 17 years of international leadership and culinary experience to the team of chefs at The Hotel at Auburn University.

“We are very excited to welcome Chef Garry Anderson to our team,” said Hans van der Reijden, Managing Director of The Hotel at Auburn University.  “His extensive culinary experience at other luxury brand hotels ensures that he will bring an array of fresh ideas to Ariccia and Piccolo, as well as exceptional customer service to our guests here in Auburn.  His vast knowledge of restaurant operations guarantees Chef Anderson will quickly find his footing and fulfill his role at the hotel.”

Before joining The Hotel at Auburn University, Anderson was the Sous Chef and Head Banquet Chef at the five-star Solis Lough Eske Castle in Ireland, a sister property in the Capella Hotel Group.  Anderson previously served as the Head Chef at The Tara Hotel in Killybegs in County Donegal, Ireland and as the Senior Chef de Partie at the Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s in London, England.  His extensive experience in the kitchen also includes serving as Head Chef and Proprietor at An Cistín in County Donegal, Ireland and as Head Chef at II Posto Restaurant in Dublin, Ireland.

Anderson attended school at St. Catherine’s Vocations School in Killybegs, County Donegal, Ireland and Tourism College in Killybegs, County Donegal, Ireland.  He holds a certificate in H.A.C.C.P. Food Management and in Professional Cookery.

“It is such an honor to be joining such a wonderful group of individuals at The Hotel at Auburn University,” said Anderson.  “I look forward to offering hands-on experience in the kitchen and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the restaurants, and I am thrilled to be a part of the welcoming community of Auburn.”

About The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center
Centrally located near the shops and restaurants of downtown Auburn, AL, The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center is just a short walk from the excitement of Auburn University and a diverse array of cultural and entertainment attractions.  Whether in town for the big game, a special party, or a productive business meeting, the hotel’s 236 newly renovated guestrooms and suites offer true Southern hospitality in an ideal setting.  For a true taste of Italy, visit Ariccia Trattoria & Bar, located inside the hotel.  An open kitchen and outdoor terrace seating add character to this restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails, Sunday Brunch, and offers take-out service.  Ariccia features an espresso bar and unique wine list, and has a private dining room for special events.  Located in Ariccia Trattoria & Bar, Piccolo is Auburn's only true lounge experience for specialty cocktails and a large variety of appetizers and desserts.  The menu features a variety of small plates perfect for sharing, refreshing cocktails, and piccolo bottles of champagne. Live jazz performances take place on Fridays and Saturdays (except on home football game weekends).  The property is managed by the Atlanta-based Capella Hotel Group.  For additional information or reservations, please call (800) 228-2876 or visit


Inga Marone
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