Chef Frania Mendivil of Harrah's Rincon Casino & Resort to Compete In International Patisserie Grand Prix

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Harrah's Rincon Casino & Resort announced today that its Pastry Chef, Frania Mendivil, will be among the three elite chefs representing the United States at the International Patisserie Grand Prix 2009 (IPGP) in Tokyo, Japan on March 14 and 15, 2009. There, Chef Mendivil will be amongst top chefs from eight nations competing for the world title, showcasing their "sweet skills" in the areas of taste and technique.

Representing not only the Harrah's brand but also the nation at such a prestigious culinary event is an impressive achievement

Harrah's Rincon Casino & Resort announced today that its Pastry Chef, Frania Mendivil, will be among the three elite chefs representing the United States at the International Patisserie Grand Prix 2009 (IPGP) in Tokyo, Japan. Top chefs from eight nations will compete on March 14 and 15 for the world title, showcasing their "sweet skills" in the areas of taste and technique. Chef Mendivil will be joined by Chef Frederic Moreau of Big Canyon and Chef Lucien Gautier from Mix at Mandalay Bay on the U.S.A. team, along with coach Chef Stephane Treand (M.O.F Chef Patisserie) of St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort. The U.S, will also be represented by competition judge Chef Nathaniel Reid of St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort.

"Representing not only the Harrah's brand but also the nation at such a prestigious culinary event is an impressive achievement," said Shannon Upson, director of food & beverage. "We've long admired Chef Mendivil's incredible talent, and there's no doubt she'll shine on a world stage."

Within 13 hours over the 2-day competition, each team must produce a sugar showpiece, one type of plated dessert, one type of entremets, a gâteau de voyage and three types of petit gateau based on this year's IPGP theme of "ecology." Chef Mendivil is responsible for making chocolate bonbons, which will be judged on weight, texture, flavor and appearance. She will also sculpt the team's chocolate showpiece, a striking piece fashioned entirely from chocolate.

The purpose of the IPGP 2009 is to familiarize the public with world pastry and to celebrate its rapid development in terms of taste and artistry, in relation to food culture. Participating chefs are chosen by IPGP officials from those who have achieved the highest results in international confectionary competitions, including such as the World Pastry Cup in France and the World Pastry Team Championship in the U.S.

About Chef Frania Mendivil:
For Chef Mendivil, a love of all things pastry came from her family's bakery, La Principal in Sonora, Mexico, a century's old tradition the entire family has remained actively involved in.

She came to United States in1991 to further her education in the art of pastry, initially training at the Orange County School of Culinary Arts, and continued at the World Pastry Forums in both Las Vegas and Phoenix. Chef Mendivil honed her pastry skills in Orange County while working at the Four Seasons in Newport Beach and the Stone Hill Tavern in St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort before joining the Harrah's Rincon Casino & Resort team as Pastry Chef in 2007.

Chef Mendivil has received several awards for her culinary talents, including the prestigious American Culinary Federation Gold Medal. Most recently, she had her major television debut on the Food Network's, "Ace of Cakes" working with Chef Stephane Treand (M.O.F Chef Patisserie).

About Harrah's Rincon Casino & Resort
Winner of the 2007 SHRM Workplace Excellence Award (Marble Award in the Large Company category) and owned by the Rincon San Luiseño Band of Mission Indians and managed by HCAL, a subsidiary of Harrah's Operating Company, Harrah's Rincon Casino & Resort is located at 777 Harrah's Rincon Way (33750 Valley Center Road) in Valley Center, CA, 20 minutes northeast of Escondido. With approximately 1,600 employees and an identity as a top resort-gaming destination, the casino offers state-of-the-art amenities and the unparalleled customer service that has made Harrah's a nationally recognized brand.

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