Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort, Appoints Keith Potter as Executive Chef

/Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort, Appoints Keith Potter as Executive Chef

Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort, Appoints Keith Potter as Executive Chef

|2019-06-12T21:36:05-04:00June 7th, 2019|

Big Sur, Calif. (June 7, 2019) – Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort, has appointed Keith Potter as executive chef of the celebrated luxury resort tucked between towering redwood trees and the California coastline in Big Sur. Potter, who brings over 15 years of culinary experience at acclaimed restaurants in Chicago, will oversee all food and beverage operations for the 59-room resort including its signature indoor-outdoor restaurant, The Sur House.

“I could not be more thrilled to join the team at Ventana Big Sur, a premier culinary destination in California,” said Potter. “California’s abundance of fresh, high-quality ingredients is so inspiring, and I look forward to creating unforgettable dining experiences that showcase the level of excellence which Ventana Big Sur is known for.”

Potter most recently served as chef de cuisine at Cindy’s Restaurant, a popular rooftop restaurant overlooking Lake Michigan at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel in Chicago, Ill. Previously, Potter was sous chef at Perennial Virant at Hotel Lincoln in Chicago, which was named to the Michelin Guide’s 2013 Bib Gourmand list. His additional culinary experience in Chicago includes serving as executive sous chef at Park Hyatt Chicago’s Michelin-starred NoMi Kitchen and working under Chef Bill Kim at Belly Shack.

Chef Potter received his culinary training at the Illinois Institute of Art. He is currently a nominee for Hyatt’s Culinary Leader of the Year award and is a 2013 recipient of Hyatt’s Rising Star of the Year award. When not helming the kitchen, Potter enjoys cycling, hiking, yoga and reading military history.

A hilltop resort overlooking Big Sur’s rugged coastline, Ventana Big Sur is tucked among towering redwoods and meadows along California’s most iconic stretch of Highway 1. The resort invites guests to get away from it all with mind-body-soul experiences including meditation, art classes, guided hiking excursions, photography workshops and more. In addition to luxury resort accommodations, the resort offers a rustic-luxury twist on traditional camping with 15 safari-style, canvas tents in its Redwood Canyon Glampsites.

About Ventana Big Sur

Ventana Big Sur, An Alila Resort is an iconic resort ensconced in the heart of the Central Coast’s rugged landscape on Highway One in Big Sur, perched at the edge of the continent overlooking the dramatic Pacific coastline. Spread across 160 acres of rolling meadows, wooded hillsides and towering redwood forests, the intimate resort features 59 guest rooms, suites and villas, a full-service spa, two outdoor pools with one outdoor Japanese hot bath and one infinity hot tub, and a signature restaurant and terrace with extraordinary views of the coast. Complimentary guest experiences include daily hour-long guided walks through the serene landscape, yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates classes, and wine and cheese tastings.

About Alila Hotels & Resorts

Founded in 2001, Alila Hotels & Resorts is a luxury boutique hotel brand from Two Roads Hospitality that combines innovative design and luxury in unique locations. Recently heralded as the No. 4 Hotel Brand in the 2017 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, Alila offers 12 sustainable luxury properties across Asia and the Middle East that blend provocative design with immersive cultural experiences, with 26 new properties slated to open through 2020. Set apart by an unprecedented level of private space, crafted artisanship, personalized hospitality and bespoke journeys, Alila properties integrate the natural, physical and cultural elements of their destinations. Alila means “surprise” in Sanskrit, which suitably describes the refreshing character of the properties and breathtaking guest impressions. In support of sustainable tourism, Alila properties adopt EarthCheck operating standards, integrating the natural, physical and cultural elements of their environments. For more information, visit, follow us on Instagram @AlilaHotels or like us on Facebook.

Contact: Ilana Dreiman

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