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The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort’s Executive Chef Brett Smith Named Chairman of the Greater Northeast Florida Chef’s Association

JACKSONVILLE/ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (September 2011) – The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center’s Executive Chef Brett Smith has been named Chairman of the Greater Northeast Florida Chef’s Association. Among his responsibilities in the volunteer position will be overseeing the apprenticeship program in Northeast Florida for the American Culinary Federation (ACF)/Greater Northeast Florida Chef’s Association. The apprenticeship program is a Florida Department of Education program that is sponsored by the ACF which allows students to learn the necessary cooking and baking skills in the First Coast Technical College classrooms, and via on-the-job training. Smith continues in his position as Executive Chef of the AAA Four-Diamond Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center in St. Augustine.

In the apprenticeship program apprentices gain management and supervisory knowledge; develop basic principles of nutrition and food and beverage composition; understand requirements for proper food handling, sanitation, and hygiene; and acquire a professional work ethic necessary for success in the hospitality industry. The apprenticeship takes two years to complete and prepares graduates for American Culinary Federation professional certification.

“I look forward to serving this committee in the future and know that we on the board will be successful in our efforts to recruit and support this vital program and promote education for our future Culinarians,” said Smith.

In his position as executive chef of The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center, Smith is responsible for overseeing the culinary team at the 301-room Northeast Florida resort, which includes overseeing cuisine for banquets, receptions and meetings at the resort. Together with the adjacent World Golf Hall of Fame, The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort is the largest combination hotel and convention center between Atlanta and Orlando, with 101,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

Prior to joining The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort in April 2011, Smith served as the Executive Chef de Cuisine at Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida for seven years. He graduated with honors from the Culinary Institute of America. Among the many honors bestowed on him was the “American Culinary Federation Chef of the Year Award” by the Pacific Coast Chef’s Association in San Francisco. He also was one of an elite group of chefs selected to participate in the “Taste of the NFL,” an honor that he received for four consecutive years.

Located within the lush 6,300-acre World Golf Village, the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort is the only Northeast Florida resort and convention center to receive the prestigious AAA Four Diamond rating. The honor is achieved by less than 4% of the AAA approved properties. Other honors recently bestowed on the resort include Successful Meetings magazine’s acclaimed “Pinnacle Award,” Association Meetings magazine’s prestigious “Inner Circle Award,” and Meetings & Conventions magazine’s acclaimed “Gold Key Award.”

Not resting on its many laurels, the resort continues to enhance its offerings. This includes a dramatic renovation and expansion of its outdoor meeting, event and recreational space, which was completed in September 2011. The large project included new and expanded outdoor function space with beautiful brick pavers, elegant new furniture in conversational groupings, and a beautiful new fountain; as well as a new and expanded pool deck with new seating areas. The new outdoor function space, now named La Terrazza, is able to accommodate groups of up to 500 guests. With this expansion the resort added 15,000 square feet of new function space, bringing the resort’s offerings to 101,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

Other recent enhancements at the resort include the addition of a new 450-square-foot Masters Board Room (which opened in August 2011); the opening of a new The UPS Store and Business Center on-site (in July 2011); and the opening (in August 2011) of The Resort Shop, which serves a full menu of Starbuck’s coffees, pastries, breakfast fare, sandwiches, soups, salads, wraps, and desserts, as well as an array of local gifts and souvenirs.

Also, the resort added a new destination services and event planning department (in August 2011); unveiled its new Intriguing Meetings program; launched its innovative White Glove Meeting Services; is now providing complimentary shuttle transportation for individual guests to and from historic downtown St. Augustine; and is offering complimentary White Glove transportation to and from Jacksonville International Airport in its own passenger vans for new group business booked in 2011 and beyond.

The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort’s Chef Brett Smith Named Chairman/Page Three All of these recent enhancements and new offerings follow a $10 million resort-wide renovation that was completed in 2008, which included the complete remodeling of guest rooms and suites, a dramatically-renovated lobby, newly-remodeled guest room corridors, an expanded fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, enhanced meeting space, and the opening of 500 South Restaurant & Bar.

Situated adjacent to the World Golf Hall of Fame, the resort offers two championship golf courses: the popular Slammer & Squire (just steps from The Renaissance Resort), and the renowned King & Bear (co-designed by Arnold “The King” Palmer and Jack “The Bear” Nicklaus). Guests also have access to four additional golf courses within 15 minutes of the resort, for a total of 108 holes of golf. Additional offerings at the resort include a sauna, pool, hot tub, and full-service concierge.

Guests also are an easy walk to The World Golf Hall of Fame’s 18-hole real grass putting course, a 132-yard Island Challenge Hole, an IMAX® 3D Theater, and the Walk of Champions. In addition, guests can take golf lessons at the renowned PGA TOUR Golf Academy.

When visiting the resort, guests and groups have the opportunity to visit nearby pristine Atlantic beaches, take fun eco-tours and chartered fishing trips, enjoy exceptional shopping at two large outlet malls, and explore historic St. Augustine. Founded in 1565, St. Augustine features such sites as the historic Castillo de San Marcos fort, The Fountain of Youth, and shopping on the charming, brick-paved St. George Street. Additional options in downtown St. Augustine include the Old Town Trolley Tour, The Old Jail, The St. Augustine History Museum, The Spanish Quarter, The Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Whetstone’s Chocolate Factory, Lightner Museum, Flagler College, and a variety of water activities.

For information on The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center, call 888-740-7020 or 904-940-8000, or visit www.WorldGolfRenaissance.com .

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PR Contact: Karen Lamonica at (407) 788-7070, ext. 208, or klamonica@chisano.com NOTE: High-resolution photos of the resort may be downloaded from http://www.worldgolfrenaissance.com/Press/ . Or, photos of the resort, and of Chef Brett Smith are available by contacting Karen Lamonica.