Luminaria Restaurant at Inn and Spa at Loretto, A Destination Hotel, Announces Anthony Smith as Luminaria Executive Chef

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The iconic downtown Santa Fe property is happy to have new Chef Smith join them at Luminaria, one of Santa Fe’s most popular restaurants for locals and visitors alike. The restaurant also welcomes a new Director of Outlets, James Buckley

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I am honored to be working with a fine team in a beautiful location where we can focus on presentation, innovation and regional flavors in the future -Executive Chef Anthony Smith

Luminaria Restaurant at Santa Fe’s award-winning Inn and Spa at Loretto, A Destination Hotel, is proud to introduce new Executive Chef Anthony Smith.

“Chef Smith has international training and experience along with a deep knowledge of the flavors, textures and history of food in Santa Fe, making him a great fit for our local and visiting diners” said General Manager Tom McCann.

Smith will be coming to Luminaria from his former position as Executive Chef at the Eldorado Hotel & Spa’s Old House restaurant, Agave Lounge and CAVA Santa Fe Lounge.

“Santa Fe is a wonderful place for me to continue to build a great community in my kitchen and with those dining at Luminaria,” said Smith. "I am honored to be working with a fine team in a beautiful location where we can focus on presentation, innovation and regional flavors in the future."

Smith started his career as an apprentice at the age of 16 in London and has since served as Executive Chef at The Westin Park Central & Sheraton Park in Dallas, Executive Chef at The Westin Atlanta North in Atlanta and Executive Sous Chef at The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona. Smith graduated from The City & Guilds of London with a degree in Culinary & Patisserie Arts and Hotel and Restaurant management. Smith served as the Executive Chef at The Westin Stonebriar Resort in North Dallas and oversaw the opening of The Sheraton Stonebriar.

The London native is an avid fan of the Chelsea football club of the English Premier League and enjoys traveling, especially to Thailand for the “street food,” wine and microbrews.

Luminaria also welcomes new Director of Outlets James Buckley, who began his journey in hospitality from humble beginnings, working as a grill chef at a truck stop outside London, UK. His passion has since taken him to three continents and positions at Michelin starred properties across the US, including the fabled French Laundry (Worlds Best Restaurant 2004 -San Pellegrino). His experiences continue to inspire him to this day to create memorable dining experiences in his long time home of Santa Fe.

Luminaria is open for dinner starting at 5:00pm until 9:00pm.

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ABOUT THE INN AND SPA AT LORETTO, A DESTINATION HOTEL: The Inn and Spa at Loretto, an award winning, AAA Four Diamond hotel, is ideally located in the heart of Santa Fe, steps from the Canyon Road galleries and just one block from historic Santa Fe Plaza’s galleries, museums, and boutiques. Eloquently blending old-world charm with world-class splendor, the exquisite Inn and Spa at Loretto reflects the culture and sophistication of its historic Santa Fe location. The hotel features 136 guestrooms, a full-service spa, casual modern dining, three art galleries and a tranquil garden. Enjoy Luminaria Restaurant and Patio for three meals daily, The Living Room for happy hour, late night dining and live music and the Spa at Loretto for holistic and complete indulgence experience.

ABOUT DESTINATION HOTELS: Destination Hotels (Destination) is a collection of luxury and upscale independent hotels, resorts and residences across the United States. Offering authentically immersed and enriching experiences, each property is individual at heart, yet connected by a commitment to drawing upon the best of each location. Highly distinct, the Destination experience is always memorable and matchless; guests will feel the locale in a genuine way through each property and during the engaging moments cultivated both in and outside of them. Continuously growing with more than 40 properties from coast to coast, the award-winning portfolio features 20 renowned golf courses, 19 indigenous spas, and 130 exceptional bars and restaurants. Destination Hotels are true to our place; diverse by design. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter: @Destination. Like us on Facebook: DestinationHotels.

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