The Ahwahnee Announces 2010 Season Chefs' Holidays Lineup with 29 World-Class Chefs from Across America

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25th annual event celebrates food and wine with some of the world's most talented toques in the wintertime splendor of Yosemite National Park

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Guests enjoy the magic and comfort of being surrounded by a breathtaking winter wonderland setting and interacting with the country's best culinary professionals in an intimate environment.

The Ahwahnee, a full-service, AAA Four-Diamond hotel located in scenic Yosemite Valley, Calif., today announces its 2010 season lineup for the 25th annual Chefs' Holidays event series. Celebrating the range of styles, personalities and trends that characterize the American culinary scene in the beautiful natural setting in Yosemite National Park, Chefs' Holidays brings together 29 prominent American chefs and culinary professionals in a wintertime celebration that includes a series of eight sessions from January 10 to February 4, 2010. For each session of Chefs' Holidays guests are invited to take part in a "Meet the Chefs" reception, educational cooking classes and demonstrations, a behind-the-scenes kitchen tour, and a five-course Chefs' Holidays Gala Dinner prepared by the headliner chef and paired with four wines, served by candlelight in The Ahwahnee Dining Room.

"Chefs' Holidays is a much-anticipated event each year at The Ahwahnee," said Chance Jorgensen, general manager of The Ahwahnee. "Guests enjoy the magic and comfort of being surrounded by a breathtaking winter wonderland setting and interacting with the country's best culinary professionals in an intimate environment."

Since its inception as a small gathering of top chefs and hotel guests in the winter of 1985, Chefs' Holidays has become a premier and much-sought-after destination for epicures and culinary professionals alike. Esteemed American culinary professionals making repeat appearances this year include Peggy Smith and Sue Conley of Cowgirl Creamery, Elizabeth Falkner of Citizen Cake and Orson, Douglas Keane of Cyrus, Chris Cosentino of Incanto and Boccalone, Paul Virant of Vie, Duskie Estes and John Stewart of Zazu and Bovolo, Bernard Guillas and Ron Oliver of La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, Jesse Ziff Cool of Flea St. Café, Cal Stamenov of Bernardus Lodge, Ken Frank of La Toque and Annie Somerville of Greens. Newly added this season is a special Bravo TV "Top Chef" Contestants series featuring Ryan Scott of Ryan Scott 2 Go, Ariane Duarte of Culinariane and Carla Hall of Alchemy Caterers. Other newcomers who will be welcomed to the event this year are Matt Bolton of Pacific's Edge, David Kinch of Manresa, Bruce Sherman of North Pond, Christopher Lee of Aureole, Hoss Zaré of Zaré at Fly Trap, Brad Farmerie of PUBLIC, Double Crown and The Monday Room, Suzanne Goin of Lucques, Jody Adams of Rialto, Michelle Mah of midi, and Loretta Keller of COCO5OO.

"I look forward to Chefs' Holidays year after year," said Chef Jesse Ziff Cool, who has been part of the event since 1989. "There's a genuine camaraderie among the guest chefs and the staff in The Ahwahnee kitchen. The positive energy spills over to everyone involved. It's truly rewarding to give participants a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what really happens in the professional culinary world. For all of us it is a magical opportunity and pleasure to step out of our restaurants for a few days and into one of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world. We all feel honored to take part in this extraordinary culinary celebration."

The 2010 schedule is as follows:

Kickoff Session: January 10-12, 2010 (Sunday-Tuesday)
The 25th Anniversary Cooperative Dinner featuring one course from each chef:
Executive Chef Percy Whatley--The Ahwahnee
Pastry Chef Paul Padua--The Ahwahnee

Demonstrator: Cal Stamenov--Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley, CA
Demonstrator: Matt Bolton--Pacific's Edge at the Highlands Inn, Carmel, CA*
Demonstrator: David Kinch--Manresa, Los Gatos, CA*

Session II: January 13-14, 2010 (Wednesday-Thursday)
Headliner: Bruce Sherman--North Pond, Chicago, IL*
Demonstrators: Peg Smith & Sue Conley--Cowgirl Creamery-Pt. Reyes, CA
Demonstrator: Elizabeth Falkner--Citizen Cake & Orson, San Francisco

Session III: January 17-19, 2010 (Sunday-Tuesday)
Headliner: Christopher Lee--Aureole, New York, NY*
Demonstrator: Hoss Zaré--Zaré at Flytrap, San Francisco*
Demonstrator: Douglas Keane--Cyrus, Healdsburg, CA

Session IV: January 20-21, 2010 (Wednesday-Thursday)
Headliner: Brad Farmerie--PUBLIC, Double Crown and The Monday Room, New York, NY*
Demonstrator: Chris Cosentino--Incanto & Boccalone, San Francisco
Demonstrator: Paul Virant--Vie, Western Springs, IL

Session V: January 24-26, 2010 (Sunday-Tuesday)
Headliner: Suzanne Goin--Lucques, Los Angeles*
Demonstrators: Duskie Estes & John Stewart--Zazu & Bovolo, Sonoma County
Demonstrator: Jody Adams--Rialto, Boston, MA*

Session VI: January 27-28, 2010 (Wednesday-Thursday)
Theme: Bravo TV's Top Chefs
Headliner: Ryan Scott--Ryan Scott 2 Go, San Francisco, CA*
Demonstrator: Ariane Duarte--CulinAriane, Montclair, NJ*
Demonstrator: Carla Hall--Alchemy Caterers, Washington, D.C.*

Session VII: January 31-February 2, 2010 (Sunday-Tuesday)
Headliner: Ken Frank--La Toque, Napa, CA
Demonstrator: Michelle Mah--midi, San Francisco, CA*
Demonstrator: Loretta Keller--COCO5OO, San Francisco, CA*

Session VIII: February 3-4, 2010 (Wednesday-Thursday)
Headliners: Bernard Guillas & Ron Oliver--La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, La Jolla, CA
Demonstrator: Jesse Ziff Cool--Flea St. Café, Menlo Park, CA
Demonstrator: Annie Somerville--Greens, San Francisco, CA

*Indicates new chef this year.

Special two- and three-night packages for Chefs' Holidays are available at The Ahwahnee and Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, which includes lodging for two and admission for two to the following: culinary demonstrations, private "Meet the Chefs" reception, behind the scenes kitchen tour, and Chefs' Holidays Gala Dinner in The Ahwahnee Dining Room. The following rates are based on double occupancy, subject to change, and do not include room taxes. Individual tickets for the Gala Dinner are available for $269 per person, including tax and gratuity.

Two-night packages from $998
Three-night packages from $1,307

Two-night packages from $694
Three-night Packages from $793

For more information on Yosemite Chefs' Holidays at The Ahwahnee or to make reservations, call 801-559-4949 or visit online at

The Ahwahnee is a full-service, AAA Four-Diamond hotel located in scenic Yosemite Valley, which is home to stunning natural beauty, bountiful activities and historic charm. The Ahwahnee is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and has been accepted as a member of Historic Hotels of America, a program that recognizes hotel properties for preserving and maintaining their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance.

The Ahwahnee and Yosemite Lodge at the Falls are operated by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, an affiliate of Delaware North Companies and the authorized National Park Service concessioner overseeing lodging, dining, guest recreation activities and transportation services in Yosemite.

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