The journey from plate to palate and chefs’ ability to create a truly unforgettable food and beverage pairing will be a key component of the judging criteria. Credit: Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts

MCLEAN, Va - Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Hilton's (NYSE: HLT) iconic luxury brand, today announces the relocation of the third annual Taste of Waldorf Astoria culinary competition event, presented by Visa to the highly-anticipated Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, opening in June 2017. As part of the global culinary program in partnership with the James Beard Foundation (JBF), five Waldorf Astoria Executive Chefs and five JBF Rising Star Chef Semi-Finalists will compete on July 12 to be named the winner of this year's Taste of Waldorf Astoria

Now in its third year, the program challenges five chef pairings to collaborate on the next iconic Waldorf Astoria dish and culminates with a competition that showcases their culinary creativity.

This year's Taste of Waldorf Astoria poses a specific challenge - to transform happy hour into the "Fifth Hour: Bar + Bites," a contemporary update to the time-honored ritual using innovative themes that mirror the sophisticated and modern style of each property. With the goal of expanding bar offerings beyond traditional drinks and appetizers, each chef pair was asked to create two small bites that pair perfectly with an original cocktail and mocktail. The journey from plate to palate and chefs' ability to create a truly unforgettable food and beverage pairing will be a key component of the judging criteria.  

A star-studded panel of judges who will determine Waldorf Astoria's next iconic dish includes: acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who is opening his first west coast restaurant at the hotel, Adam Rapoport, editor-in-chief of Bon Appétit magazine, and Erik Bruner-Yang, owner and chef of Maketto in D.C. who also won last year's Taste of Waldorf Astoria competition. Following the event, the final Taste of Waldorf Astoria pairing will launch alongside new "Fifth Hour" programming at each of the brand's 26 hotels and resorts worldwide, introducing an unexpected new happy hour experience to today's luxury travelers.

"After two successful years of hosting Taste of Waldorf Astoria in New York, we are excited to welcome our talented teams to the new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, giving them the first taste of true star treatment," says John T. A. Vanderslice, global head, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. "We look forward to celebrating the chefs' accomplishments and naming the next iconic Waldorf Astoria dish during such an unforgettable moment for the brand."

The five Taste of Waldorf Astoria chef collaborations took place throughout fall 2016 at the following properties:

Waldorf Astoria Park City

October 30 - November 4, 2016

Waldorf Astoria Executive Chef: Michael Zachman, Executive Chef at Waldorf Astoria Park City

JBF Rising Star Chef Semi-Finalist: Alex Bois, Owner/Head Baker at the new Lost Bread Co. (Philadelphia, PA)

 

Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah

November 6 - 10, 2016

Waldorf Astoria Executive Chef: Rudolf W. Segers, Executive Chef at Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah

JBF Rising Star Chef Semi-Finalist: Maximillian Petty, Chef/Owner of Eden Hill Restaurant (Seattle, WA)

 

Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

November 13 - 17, 2016

Waldorf Astoria Executive Chef: Ryan Urig, Executive Chef at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

JBF Rising Star Chef Semi-Finalist: Irene Li, Chef & Co-Owner of Mei Mei Restaurant Group (Boston, MA)

 

Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

December 5 - 9, 2016

Waldorf Astoria Executive Chef: Andrew Roenbeck, Executive Chef at Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

JBF Rising Star Chef Semi-Finalist: Sara Hauman, former Head Chef at Huxley (San Francisco, CA)

 

Trianon Palace Versailles, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

December 11 - 17, 2016

Waldorf Astoria Executive Chef: Frédéric Larquemin, Executive Chef of Trianon Palace Versailles, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

JBF Rising Star Chef Semi-Finalist: Bradley Kilgore, Executive Chef of Alter (Miami, FL)

 

2015 Taste of Waldorf Astoria winners Benoit Chargy of Waldorf Astoria Bejing and Erik Bruner-Yang of Maketto, Paper Horse and Honeycomb, and formerly of Toki Underground, were awarded top honors for their Jing Roll, a Napa cabbage wagyu beef roll with black mushroom, hoisin sauce, salted duck eggs, and purple sweet potato. The dish joined the 2014 winning dish, Celery Root Risotto Alla Waldorf, and a lineup of iconic signature dishes that have been created at Waldorf Astoria, including Eggs Benedict, Red Velvet Cake, and The Waldorf Salad.

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills will join Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts portfolio of 26 properties worldwide as part of the Visa Luxury Hotel Collection through which U.S.-issued Visa Signature and U.S.-issued Visa Infinite cardholders can find, book, and enjoy premium benefits at some of the world's best hotels. Premium benefits include best available rate guarantee, automatic room upgrade when available, complimentary in-room Wi-Fi when available, complimentary continental breakfast daily, $25 food or beverage credit, VIP guest status, and 3:00 p.m. late check-out when available. To book and enjoy these benefits at the new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, visit www.visasignaturehotels.com/hotel-detail/waldorf-astoria-beverly-hills.

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills will participate in Hilton Honors®, the only guest loyalty program where guests who book directly through www.waldorfastoria.com have access to benefits including a Personal Concierge and complimentary Wi-Fi at 26 Waldorf Astoria hotels worldwide.

Follow each chef's on-property journey and the final event by following @WaldorfAstoria on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #TasteofWaldorf. For more information about Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.waldorfastoria.com or news.waldorfastoria.com.

Contacts:
John Walls
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
+1 703 883 5232
john.walls@hilton.com

Danielle Hendricks
For Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
+1 646 664 4923
danielle.hendricks@smapr.com

About the James Beard Foundation
Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation celebrates, nurtures, and honors America's diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, the late James Beard was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful, and delicious food. Today JBF continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships for culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training, and thought-leader convening. The Foundation also maintains the historic James Beard House in New York City's Greenwich Village as a "performance space" for visiting chefs. For more information, please visit jamesbeard.org. Get food news, recipes, and more at the James Beard Foundation's blog. Follow the James Beard Foundation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of 30 iconic properties in the world’s most sought after destinations. Unified by their inspirational environments and True Waldorf Service, Waldorf Astoria hotels deliver unparalleled, bespoke service from the moment a guest books through check out. Waldorf Astoria is a part of Hilton, a leading global hospitality company. Experience Waldorf Astoria by booking a www.waldorfastoria.com or through the Hilton Honors mobile app. Learn about the brand by visiting news.waldorfastoria.com, and follow Waldorf Astoria on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

About Hilton
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,100 properties with nearly 838,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.

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