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Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia, a Kessler Collection,
Names Geir Kilen as Executive Chef

SAVANNAH, Ga. – October 2012 - Mansion on Forsyth Park, a Kessler Collection hotel, is proud to welcome Chef Geir Kilen to the award-winning, 700 Drayton Restaurant, as the new executive chef. With more than 25 years of culinary experience and extensive four-star hotel knowledge, Chef Kilen brings a wealth of expertise and fine dining insight to 700 Drayton Restaurant. Guests will love his take on the ever-popular local Savannah favorites with a touch of world-class flare.

“Mansion on Forsyth Park and the entire Kessler Collection are delighted to have such a wonderful chef join our team,” said Mansion on Forsyth Park general manager, Joseph Kelley. “We are brimming with excitement and anticipation for the creative influence he will bring to 700 Drayton Restaurant.”

Chef Kilen joins 700 Drayton Restaurant from his most recent position as the executive chef of The Commerce Club in Atlanta, Ga., where he brought a “diverse, culinary fare” according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Kilen was also responsible for the opening of the Palm Beach Restaurant, a successful Caribbean-style restaurant in the Atlanta suburbs, which he owned and served as general manager and executive chef for three years. Additionally, Kilen has served as executive chef in several notable Atlanta, Ga. establishments including, The Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center Hotel, Bold American Food Company, Emory Conference Center Hotel and Marriot International. His portfolio boasts a number of awards and accolades including, a Silver Medal in the US Chefs Open in 1991, as well as achieving highest banquet-guest, comment card score of all Hilton hotels in the Continental US, beating world famous properties such as the Waldorf Astoria and Beverly Hilton. Before arriving in the United States, Chef Kilen received a culinary degree from The Culinary Institute in his hometown of Kristiansand, Norway, in addition to a certification in Business Management from Kristiansand Handels Skole. 
Overlooking Savannah's largest and most historic square, the AAA Four-Diamond Mansion on Forsyth Park, a Kessler Collection boutique property, is the city’s most recognized, iconic hotel. A mainstay on Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure “best of” lists, the momentous 126-room Victorian Romanesque mansion in the Historic District offers an authentic taste of Hostess City hospitality with passionate detail throughout. Upon arrival, elegance and Southern charm captivate guests beginning with the glamorous entrance, one-of-a-kind Versace furniture and Italian crystal chandelier, all anchored by 200-year-old pink Verona marble columns.

From the rich, polished décor to a vast art collection of more than 400 original pieces, assembled specifically for the hotel, Mansion on Forsyth Park effortlessly marries haute style with old world elegance. For more information or to book a stay at the Mansion on Forsyth Park, please visit or call 912.238.5158 or toll-free 888.213.3671.

About The Kessler Collection
Capturing the classical and unconventional spirit of Bohemian cultures, The Kessler Collection's portfolio of passionately created and artistically inspired boutique hotels boast chic design, luxe accommodations, enriching ambiance and intimate service. Whether visiting properties in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Colorado or New Mexico, each hotel's exquisite art, music and cultural influences, personally acquired for that hotel by the Kessler family, are deliberately approachable. Designed to inspire mystique and experiences beyond reason, Kessler guests are bathed in re-defined Bohemian luxury, from an 1888 historic hotel, a cutting edge downtown landmark and a magical castle, to an earthy Native American retreat, high design southern mansion and elite ski lodge.

For more information about The Kessler Collection and its properties, please visit or call 888.472.6312.


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