The Phoenician, J&G Steakhouse to Host Celebrity Chef Tour Event Benefiting James Beard Foundation

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Four-Time James Beard Award Winner, J&G Steakhouse Architect Jean-Georges Vongerichten Named Celebrity Chef; Joins Resort Executive Chef Paul Carter for Nov. 5 Dinner

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To serve as event host for such a heralded and historic organization as the James Beard Foundation is quite an honor

The Phoenician and J&G Steakhouse will serve up one of the Valley's premier culinary events on Thursday, Nov. 5, as the Celebrity Chef Tour benefiting the James Beard Foundation comes to the AAA Five Diamond property.

Serving as the evening's special celebrity chef will be Jean-Georges Vongerichten, one of the world's most influential culinary masters and restaurateurs, as well as the creative force behind [J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician, which opened in Dec. 2008. Joining him will be host and resort Executive Chef Paul Carter. Together, these renowned artisans and their teams will design an inspired multi-course menu paired with premier wines selected by Phoenician Master Sommelier Greg Tresner. The event will be held at J&G Steakhouse, with breathtaking penthouse views of the illuminating Valley skyline as the backdrop. An intimate reception featuring signature hors d'oeuvres complemented by fine wines and spirits will begin the evening at 6 p.m. After an exclusive epicurean dinner experience, both chefs will share their culinary insights and expertise, answering guest questions.

"We are honored to host this wonderful event in conjunction with The Phoenician. The James Beard Foundation does such great work preserving and celebrating America's culinary heritage, and this is an opportunity to give back and for that, I am grateful," said Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the four-time James Beard Award winning chef and visionary behind J&G Steakhouse.

"To serve as event host for such a heralded and historic organization as the James Beard Foundation is quite an honor," said Phoenician Managing Director Mark Vinciguerra. "We are proud to bring the culinary collaborations of Chef Carter and Chef Vongerichten to the greater Valley community, further establishing our footprint as a premier gastronomic destination."

Tickets are available to the general public for $150 per person and can be purchased by calling (720) 201-1853 or by visiting http://www.celebritycheftour.com. Seating is limited.

For those interested in making a real night of it, The Phoenician is offering a special $259 room rate for Celebrity Chef Tour dinner guests on the evening of Nov. 5. For information, call (480) 941-8200 or visit http://www.thephoenician.com.

Yahoo!, Certified Angus Beef, Wine and Spirits magazine, Hudson Valley Foie Gras and Fiji Water are proud sponsors of the Celebrity Chef Tour benefiting the James Beard Foundation.

About the Celebrity Chef Tour Benefiting the James Beard Foundation
Since its inception in 2004, the Celebrity Chef Tour benefiting the James Beard Foundation has become a favorite event for both the chefs to participate in and guests to attend. The Celebrity Chef Tour brings James Beard Foundation Award winners and other celebrity chefs to private clubs, resorts, and other exclusive venues around the country for spectacular dining events. The tour was created to benefit the James Beard Foundation and to promote the culinary arts across America.

About Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, J&G Steakhouse
Internationally renowned for his innovative, groundbreaking cuisine, Jean-Georges Vongerichten has emerged as one of the world's leading chefs. He has earned an unprecedented total of 20 stars from The New York Times for his New York City restaurants - Jean Georges, JoJo, Vong, Mercer Kitchen, Perry St and Spice Market. In 2007, Jean-Georges was awarded a total of six Michelin stars; three for Jean Georges, one each for Vong, JoJo and Perry St. A singularly notable accomplishment was the presentation of three major awards to Jean-Georges in 1998 by the James Beard Foundation - Best New Restaurant for Jean Georges, America's Outstanding Chef, and Who's Who of Food & Beverage. This "triple crown" to the same chef in the same year was a first for the Foundation. Vongerichten has published several cookbooks including Simple Cuisine (Wiley, 1990); Cooking at Home with a Four Star Chef (Broadway, 1998), for which he won the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Cookbook in 1999; Simple to Spectacular (Random House, 2000); and most recently, Asian Flavors of Jean-Georges (Broadway, 2007). He has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, Martha Stewart Living, The Early Show and as a regular guest on TV Food Network.

About Executive Chef Paul Carter, The Phoenician
As the resort's Executive Chef, Paul Carter oversees a staff of more than 150, along with the kitchen operations for dining outlets including Il Terrazzo, The Café and Ice Cream Parlor, the 19th Hole, Oasis Grill, Canyon Grill and In-Room Dining, as well as all banquet kitchens. In addition, he oversees pastry, bake shop, butcher shop and pasta shop operations. He is also responsible for all menu creations and preparations. According to Carter, "Perfecting simplicity is the essence of great food." A native of London, Carter attended Colchester Institute of Culinary Arts in Essex at the young age of 15. He began his cooking career at the Hotel Sonnenhügel in Bad Kissingen, Germany, and then spent three years at Chateau de Montreuil in France. Next, he moved to the venerable Connaught Hotel in London, where he held a variety of posts. In 1992, he immigrated to the United States to head up kitchens at world-class resorts including the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, California, and the Ritz-Carlton Naples, Florida. Prior to joining The Phoenician, he was executive chef at the Ritz-Carlton Cleveland. Carter is the 1991 recipient of the coveted William Heptinstall Award, an honor given to "The Most Enterprising Young Chef in the U.K." He also received La Maîtrise des Arts Culinaires Diplôme by Palmes Culinaires in 2002.

About the James Beard House and the James Beard Foundation
James Beard is widely recognized as the father of American culinary arts. Throughout his life, he pursued and advocated the highest standards, and served as a mentor to emerging talents. The James Beard House is where Beard lived, taught, and welcomed friends and colleagues who shared his love for food. Shortly after he passed away, a group of friends sparked a drive to save his home and create a living memorial and a center for the culinary community. It has become what Founding President Peter Kump envisioned it could be, "a culinary place to see and taste the work of this country's most talented chefs, wine makers, cookbook authors, and teachers." The James Beard House's sister non-profit organization, the James Beard Foundation, whose mission is to "celebrate, preserve and nurture America's culinary heritage and diversity in order to elevate the appreciation of our culinary excellence," furthers Mr. Kump's vision by providing scholarships and volunteer opportunities for aspiring culinary professionals, educating today's youth on the importance of good food and essential nutrition.

About J&G Steakhouse
J&G Steakhouse (http://www.jgsteakhousescottsdale.com) offers a timeless and sophisticated bill of fare, as interpreted by world-renowned chef and restaurateur, Jean-Georges Vongerichten. An individually-designed, customizable menu is built around the finest cuts of meat and a global selection of fresh fish - all complemented by a distinctive collection of appetizers and side dishes, as well as specially chosen sauces and condiments from around the world. Integrating the stunning Valley views into its inviting, soft modern design, the restaurant features an interior dominated by warm, natural materials and a rich, full palate of colors inspired by steak and wine. A tempesta onyx wrap-around bar provides a contemporary prelude to dinner in the main room, or in one of two private dining areas. Outside, a stunning terrace further captivates with its two oval banquettes and classic Southwestern fire pits.

About The Phoenician
Located at the base of Camelback Mountain, the 250-acre Phoenician offers two exquisite experiences - a 583-room AAA Five Diamond resort hotel and an exclusive Five Diamond boutique hotel, The Canyon Suites -- at one magnificent destination. The property features elegant, residential-style accommodations, distinctive and tantalizing cuisine across a variety of restaurants, 27 holes of championship golf, 11 tennis courts, The Centre for Well-Being spa complex, an activity program for all ages and interests, numerous boutique shops and a $25 million art collection. In addition to these offerings, the stylish 60-room Canyon Suites provides more intimate surroundings and enhanced services, creating an atmosphere of uncompromising comfort. Both The Phoenician and The Canyon Suites are owned and operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., as part of The Luxury Collection. For additional information, please call (480) 941-8200; (800) 888-8234 or visit http://www.thephoenician.com.

Contact:
Denise Seomin
The Phoenician
(480) 423-2657

Grant Crone
MMPR Marketing - J&G Steakhouse
(602) 264-2655

Kate Lacroix
d i s h Publicity - Celebrity Chef Tour
(303) 886-6260

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