Masters of Food & Wine Announces Official Chef & Winery Line Up 20th Annual Masters of Food & Wine To Be Held at The Highlands Inn February 16 –19, 2006

Carmel, CA – Highlands Inn, Park Hyatt Carmel announces the preliminary lineup of chefs and winemakers who will be participating in the 20th Annual Masters of Food & Wine February 16 – 19, 2006. This annual event is held at the Highlands Inn, Park Hyatt Carmel, located along the magnificent coastline of Carmel, California. Internationally recognized as one of the most spectacular gatherings of celebrated chefs and winemakers, the Masters of Food & Wine features rare vertical wine tastings, unique culinary demonstrations by acclaimed chefs, and extravagant gala luncheons and dinners.

Robert Weakley, Executive Assistant Manager, Food & Beverage Director of the Highlands Inn, Park Hyatt Carmel announced highlights of this year’s chef line up. Included are Three-star Michelin-rated chefs Marc Meneau from L’Esperance a’ Vezelay, in Burgundy France, and Dieter Muller from Schlosshotel Lerbach. Muller, rated as the #1 chef in Germany, recently scored a 19.7 Gayot rating – the highest score ever given in the restaurant industry. In addition to these highly acclaimed international chefs, the 20th Anniversary of the Masters of Food & Wine is proud to feature a stellar line up of chefs that will include one of Food Network’s Iron Chefs, Cat Cora, Chicago–based Charlie Trotter, owner and chef of Charlie Trotter’s, one of the finest restaurants in the world, “Hawaiian Fusion” culinary artisan, Roy Yamaguchi, internationally acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud, from DANIEL in New York and world class epicurean, and Ming Tsai, Chef/Owner of the world-renowned East/West bistro, Blue Ginger, Emmy award winning host of the Food Network’s East Meets West and Ming’s Quest, and author of two cookbooks.

Weakley has also announced the final list of tastings and the wineries that are paired up with these extraordinary culinary masters. From the infamous Napa Valley in California to the hidden vineyards of Italy, the 20th Anniversary of the Masters of Food and Wine is proud to be the host of several great enology masters. From the famed Sassicaia to the praised vintages of Louis Latour this year is not to be missed! Featured tastings include a complete vertical of the extremely rare Screaming Eagle, ten vintages of the famed Chateau Pichon – Baron Longueville, nine vintages of the Italian masterpiece Gaja Winery, twelve vintages of California’s legendary Georges de Latour, and eight vintages of Champagne Bollinger RD.

In addition to the featured wine tastings, the Masters of Food & Wine touts a list of wineries that would impress even the most discerning wine aficionado. More than 60 prestigious wineries will participate in this year’s events that include: Ambullneo Vineyards, Au Bon Climat, Bollinger Champagne, Bond, Castello Banfi, Champagne Pommery, Churchill Port, Cold Heaven, Dolce, Domaine Drouhin, Groth, Heitz Cellars, Hundred Acre, Inniskillin, Joseph Phelps, Kunin, Miura, Paul Hobbs, Pisoni, Robert Talbott Vineyards, Rubicon Estates, Sherwin Family, Sirita, Suduiraut, Trimbach and more….

A highlight of this annual event is the exclusive, $5000.00 per person, Rarities Dinner – an exquisite dining experience that pairs an extraordinary eight-course meal with twenty-one rare vintages from the most eclectic of wines. Served in a private home perched on top of cliffs that overlook the spectacular Pacific Coastline, this unique and glamorous experience is one that you will never forget. Additionally, the week’s festivities include gala lunches and formal dinners that pair signature dishes from the world’s top chefs with distinguished wines from the United States, Australia, and Europe. Events are individually priced, starting at $100, and are open to the public.

Masters of Food & Wine celebrates fine cuisine and wine as a common international language; each year drawing on an exclusive roster of chefs and vintners. Past participants have included: Julia Child, Jacques Pepin, Charlie Trotter, Jean-Louis Palladin, Rocco DiSpirito, Diana Kennedy, Gray Kunz, Marcella Hazan, Roger Verge, Alice Waters, Thomas Keller, Paul Bocuse, Emeril Lagasse, Chateau d’Yquem’s Comte Alexandre de Lur-Saluces, Champagne Duetz, Peter Michael Winery, Château Haut-Brion, Quinta do Noval, Richard Grace of Grace Family Vineyard, Aubert de Villaine of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Frederic Engerer of Château Latour, and Angelo Gaja of Gaja Winery.

Highlands Inn, Park Hyatt Carmel’s Executive Assistant Manager, Food & Beverage Director, Robert Weakley, Executive Chef, Mark Ayers, and General Manager, Norbert Relecker, will orchestrate this gathering of acclaimed masters. Together, they will coordinate menus, wine tastings, and oversee the wine pairings and food service for all the luncheons and dinners.

The Highlands Inn, Park Hyatt Carmel, at the gateway to California’s Big Sur, offers one of the most celebrated restaurants in the country: Pacific’s Edge. Pacific’s Edge has been recognized among the “Top 20 Restaurants in the United States” by Wine Spectator and earned the magazine’s “Reader’s Choice Award” for best food and wine and its “Grand Award” for a wine list featuring over 1,500 selections of the best in Burgundy, Bordeaux, German, and California cult wines.

Park Hyatt is Hyatt Hotels Corporation’s premium luxury brand, catering to business and leisure travelers who demand the finest in personalized service and accommodations. Fewer than twenty hotels worldwide bear the elite Park Hyatt name, with nine of those in North America. Each hotel is characterized by a distinguished sense of place, incomparable design and architecture, beautifully appointed guestrooms and suites, superior amenities and facilities, award-winning cuisine, and superior personalized service.

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