Program Overview

To commemorate Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts as the birthplace of iconic culinary inventions such as The Waldorf Salad, Eggs Benedict, and Red Velvet Cake, the global brand has partnered with the illustrious James Beard Foundation (JBF) for a third consecutive year to find the next Taste of Waldorf AstoriaThe search for the next iconic culinary masterpiece continues this fall with a new challenge and five hand-selected JBF Rising Star Semi-Finalist chefs collaborating with select Waldorf Astoria destinations around the globe.

This year's program features a specific challenge - to transform happy hour into the "Fifth Hour," a contemporary update to the time-honored ritual using innovative themes that mirror the sophisticated and modern style of each property. To expand bar offerings beyond traditional drinks and appetizers, each chef pair is challenged to create two small bites that pair perfectly with an original cocktail and mocktail. To create a truly unforgettable food and beverage experience, the overall presentation from plate to palate will be a key component of the judging criteria.  

Over the course of the fall in Park City, Ras al Khaimah, Grand Wailea, Boca Raton and Trianon Palace Versailles, the JBF Chefs will visit their selected property for several days, spending time with the Waldorf Astoria Master Chef inside and outside the kitchen, visiting local markets and producers, restaurants or off-the-beaten-path locations for inspiration.

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  • November 1-4: JBF Rising Star Finalist Alex Bois travels to Waldorf Astoria Park City to collaborate with Executive Chef Ryker Brown
  • November 6-10: JBF Rising Star Semifinalist Maximillian Petty travels to Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah to collaborate with Executive Chef Rudolf W. Segers
  • November 14-17: JBF Rising Star Semifinalist Irene Li travels to Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort to collaborate with Executive Chef Ryan Urig
  • December 5-9: JBF Rising Star Semifinalist Sara Hauman travels to Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort to collaborate with Executive Chef Andrew Roenbeck
  • December 11-17: JBF Rising Star Semifinalist Bradley Kilgore travels to Trianon Palace Versailles, A Waldorf Astoria Resort to collaborate with Executive Chef Frédéric Larquemin

Taste of Event

On February 15, 2017, each participating chef pair will demonstrate their "Fifth Hour: Bar + Bites" combinations in New York for a panel of culinary luminaries who will ultimately decide the winning pairing. 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. 

News

"TASTE OF WALDORF ASTORIA" CULINARY COMPETITION STIRS AND SHAKES UP THIRD YEAR

Five Waldorf Astoria Executive Chefs to Collaborate with James Beard Foundation Rising Star Semi-Finalist Chefs to Reinvent Happy Hour

MCLEAN, Va., November 10, 2016 - Following two successful years, today Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts announces the third year of Taste of Waldorf Astoria, a global culinary program in partnership with the James Beard Foundation (JBF), the United States' foremost culinary arts organization. The search for the next iconic culinary masterpiece continues this fall with a new challenge and five hand-selected JBF Rising Star Semi-Finalist chefs collaborating with select Waldorf Astoria destinations around the globe. Full Article>>

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Boca Raton Resort and Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort 
  Trianon Palace Versailles, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel
         

 

 

 

Waldorf Astoria Park City   Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah