Prince of Wales and Millcroft Inn & Spa welcome dynamic new chefs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON November 4, 2010 – Two of Vintage Hotels’ properties have appointed new Executive Chefs to lead their CAA/AAA four-diamond restaurants. Niagara-on-the-Lake’s historic Prince of Wales hotel welcomes Executive Chef Robin Little, while Millcroft Inn & Spa announces Jill St.Amour as Executive Chef.
Chef Robin Little returns home to Niagara from his previous post in Banff, Alberta where he was Chef de Cuisine at the Five-Diamond restaurant Eden in the Rimrock Resort Hotel. Now leading the culinary team at Prince of Wales, Chef Little brings a host of culinary experience having worked alongside talent such as Mark McEwen, Eric Ripert and Alfred Portale. His culinary career took him across the continent as he graced the kitchens of several Fairmont Hotels and Resorts (Royal York, Banff Springs, Southampton Bermuda), as well as the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman and The Fontainebleau Miami Beach.
Little has developed his own distinct style of avant-garde cuisine drawing on trusted French techniques of the past while embracing trends of the future. He is eager to continue the tradition of creating enticing, innovative menus for guests of the award-winning Noble Restaurant. Chef Robin Little continues to push the boundaries of culinary art and science at the Prince of Wales with his novel philosophy of creating a dynamic sensory dining experience for every guest.
Chef Jill St.Amour has been appointed as Executive Chef at Millcroft Inn & Spa, Vintage Hotels’ award-winning country retreat in Caledon, Ontario. She was chosen for this role based on her excellent culinary performance at Prince of Wales where she was the Executive Sous Chef since 2008.
The youngest daughter of a butcher and a mother who fed a family of eight with the grace of the most seasoned chefs, Jill was inspired to pursue a career in culinary arts. She graduated Niagara College’s Culinary Management program before heading overseas to earn her European qualifications as a chef. Ms. St.Amour worked in a variety of establishments such as the Delta Sherwood in Muskoka and Niagara winery restaurants before joining Vintage Hotels.
St.Amour’s passion for fresh, local, organic food simply prepared to showcase its natural flavour will lead the Millcroft into the next generation of cuisine. Jill Chef St.Amour believes that “Every meal should be like a woman in a black dress with a strand of pearls; simple and uncomplicated, yet elegant. Let the beauty (and flavour) speak for itself.”
Vintage Hotels is a collection of CAA/AAA four-diamond hotels. Prince of Wales, Queen’s Landing and Pillar and Post in Niagara-on-the-Lake offer 374 guestrooms, 35,000 square feet of meeting space, three four-diamond restaurants, and two spas. 100 Fountain Spa and Secret Garden Spa are consistently ranked top spas by Spas of America. Vintage Hotels also owns the 24-guestroom Moffat Inn in Niagara-on-the-Lake. In 2008, the Vintage collection grew to include the Millcroft Inn & Spa located in the rolling hills of Alton-Caledon, 45 minutes northwest of Toronto. The Millcroft offers 52 guestrooms, 4,700 sq. ft. of meeting space, a four-diamond restaurant, and the renowned Millcroft Spa, Centre for Well-Being.
Offering classic style with modern sensibility, the hotel properties share a stellar reputation for delivering exceptional experiences in a unique destination. The elegant and refined Prince of Wales and the classic yet charming Pillar and Post were tops in Ontario on the Condé Nast Gold List 2006, with Prince of Wales repeating in the No. 2 spot in 2007 and in 2009 named Best Hotel in Ontario on Travel + Leisure Magazine’s List of 500 World’s Best Hotels. Queen’s Landing, named Ontario’s best hotel in the Condé Nast Readers’ Choice Awards 2009 and the Condé Nast Gold List 2010, sets the stage for everything from high-level corporate gatherings to romantic getaways in a Georgian-style waterfront mansion. Millcroft Inn & Spa earned the Fodor’s Choice Award of Distinction in 2008 and 2010 as well as placing 2nd in Ontario’s Finest Inns & Spas 2008 WOW awards as Top Spa, Destination & Dinner Experience. Vintage Hotels is a proud partner of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. For more information: www.vintage-hotels.com.
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