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Chef Krisztian Karkus Hired as Executive Chef for the
322-key Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, California

NAPA, Calif. (May 30, 2013)
– The Meritage Resort and Spa, located in Napa, Calif., has hired Krisztian Karkus as its new executive chef. Chef Karkus, comes to The Meritage Resort from one of its sister properties in the Meritage Collection, The Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, Calif. With his experience in working at resorts throughout the country and around the world, Chef Karkus, who grew up in Hungary, plans to continue to introduce new flavors and dishes across each of the resorts four main dining restaurants and to its banquet offerings, while keeping in line with the resorts distinctly Tuscan and Napa style.

Krisztian Karkus was born and raised in Hungary, about 50 miles from the capital, Budapest. His mother, a great cook herself, introduced him to cooking and inspired him with a love of ingredients and a passion for Hungarian cuisine. During his summer holidays, Krisztian went to work at a small boutique hotel in the mountains in the Danube River Valley. He describes it as a wildly romantic place, filled with hunters and weekenders from the city who would come to relax and enjoy the beautiful setting. An opportunity to apprentice with the resort’s chef presented itself and Krisztian became very serious about learning to cook professionally. He returned to work with the chef every summer until he finished school and then decided to continue his culinary education through formal training.

Chef Karkus’ career has taken him to spots around the world including Tokyo and Jamaica. Most recently he worked as the Executive Sous Chef at The Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, Calif. There he was responsible for the operation of all three restaurants, banquets and room service, and also enjoys designing menus and cooking for special events, monthly wine maker dinners and lavish Les Amis des Escoffier soirees.

At The Meritage Resort and Spa Chef Karkus oversees all hotel food operations, including the signature Siena Restaurant, Crush Ultra Lounge, The Commons: A Wine Bar, Blend Café, banquets, room service and all signature events at The Meritage Resort. He will continue the resort’s tradition of blending Tuscan and Napa flavors together using the finest ingredients, while bringing in some of his own culinary styles and inspirations from around the globe.

“My vision is to provide our guests from around the country, around the world and even Napa Valley residents with a complete dining experience,” said Chef Karkus, executive chef of The Meritage Resort and Spa. “From the service they receive in our restaurants to the flavors they taste, I want them to remember the food they ate, just as much as the award winning wines they came to enjoy in Napa.

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About The Meritage Resort and Spa
The Meritage Resort and Spa is an extraordinary Napa Valley luxury resort set among the vineyards. A destination unto itself, it features 322 Tuscan-inspired guestrooms and luxury suites, seasonal farm-to-table cuisine at the Siena Restaurant and wine tasting in the Estate Cave featuring Trinitas Cellars. Regain a healthful balance with curative treatments at Spa Terra—a lavish underground spa with steam grottoes, soaking pools, treatment alcoves and tranquil walls of water. The resort boasts the most comprehensive event and meeting space in the wine country, including the two largest ballrooms in the Napa Valley, the Estate Cave and three covered terraces. Crush Ultra Lounge offers guests a chance to relax with a full bar, sports entertainment and six bowling lanes. Far more than a place for relaxation, our unique property is an Old World escape from the ordinary. The Meritage Resort and Spa experience is the perfect blend of gracious hospitality, unrivaled amenities and peerless personal care. The Meritage Resort and Spa, We are Napa.

About Meritage Collection
The Meritage Collection is a new life and style collection from Pacific Hospitality Group, which includes independent hotels, resorts, wineries and golf courses. The Meritage Collection offers exceptional travel and one-of-a-kind experiences in four of California's most spectacular locations—La Jolla, Napa Valley, Newport Beach and Santa Barbara. These design-focused properties are stylish yet welcoming, with creative restaurants, relaxed lounges and inviting social spaces. Experience hospitality in a whole new light. For more information about the Meritage Collection, please visit


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