Chef Charles Wiley to Cook at the James Beard House

Tuesday May 15th, 2007

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Charles Wiley, the acclaimed executive chef and food and beverage director at Hotel Valley Ho, will be steaming, stirring and mixing things up in New York with his fourth appearance at the famed James Beard House, May 24. Those tasting and drinking Wiley's creations include editors from CN Traveler, Departures, Travel + Leisure, Gourmet, Food Network and Food & Wine.

"It's an honor for any chef to cook at the James Beard House," said Charles Wiley, "And it's such a wonderful compliment to receive the interest and recognition from this year's list of press attending."

Charles Wiley enjoys a career that spans more than 30 years. During this time, Wiley has earned national acclaim for his innovative cuisine and natural presentations. His signature cooking style takes advantage of local, seasonal ingredients and time honored flavor marriages; dishes which tend to be light, yet intensely flavored and robust.

At the Beard House, the seasoned chef will prepare pan-seared spotted skate, copper river salmon and roasted elysian fields of lamb, just to name a few. Charles Wiley came to the reinvented Hotel Valley Ho, where he oversees ZuZu, which offers modern interpretations of American comfort food. In this same capacity, he will now orchestrate cuisine direction for all present and future Westroc properties. Wiley has received numerous culinary honors. The James Beard Foundation recognized him as one of "America's Best Hotel Chefs," and continues to invite him back to cook at The James Beard House. In 1998, he was invited to prepare the entree for The James Beard Journalism Awards Dinner. In addition, Wiley was inducted into the Scottsdale Hall of Fame as Chef Honoree in 2000 and was named one of "The Ten Best New Chefs in America" by Food & Wine Magazine.

About Hotel Valley Ho: Hotel Valley Ho is Downtown Scottsdaleā€™s mid-century-modern landmark. Originally opened in 1956 and recently restored to its former splendor, this 191-room urban retreat blends mid-century style with modern amenities. Dine at ZuZu, relax at VH Spa for Vitality + Health, and unwind at OH Pool Bar + Cabanas.


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