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Chef Brett Smith Named Executive Chef At The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (April 2011) – Chef Brett Smith has been named Executive Chef at The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida. In his new position, he 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 adjoining St. Johns County Convention Center and the adjacent World Golf Hall of Fame, The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village is the largest combination hotel and conference center between Atlanta and Orlando, with 86,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

Prior to joining The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village, Smith served as the Executive Chef de Cuisine at Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida for the past seven years. Previous to that, he was the Executive Chef for the San Francisco Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf for three years. He also has served as Banquet Chef at the Sawgrass Marriott, and as Chef de Cuisine at the Boca Raton Marriott. 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, California. 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. “We’re so very pleased to have Chef Brett now overseeing the culinary team at The Renaissance Resort,” said Jeffrey Oliasami, the resort’s general manager. “I worked with Chef Brett when I was the hotel general manager at Sawgrass Marriott, and he is an exceptional chef who will take The Renaissance Resort culinary to the next level. The food will be absolutely delicious, and beautifully presented too.”

Located within the lush 6,300-acre World Golf Village right next to the World Golf Hall of Fame, the resort completed a $10 million resort-wide renovation in 2008, and now features 301 completely remodeled 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 500 South Restaurant & Bar.


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Guest rooms and suites feature new furniture, soft goods, window treatments, lighting, 37” flat-panel screen LCD HDTV televisions, and the Marriott JackPack, which provides complete connectivity to the guests for laptops, MP3 players, digital cameras, and video game players. The rooms and suites feature a contemporary design with an Asian feel, which includes rich red bed coverings, crisp white linens, along with a color scheme of warm neutral gold. In-room offerings also include high-speed Internet access, two telephones with data ports, a wet bar and refrigerator, an in-room safe, and in-room coffee.

The resort also boasts a dramatically remodeled 10-story atrium lobby, featuring a Colonial/Asian theme with lush foliage and a colorful 7-story modern hanging sculpture that is reminiscent of open Florida skies.

Recreational offerings at the resort include 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, the area is rich with Spanish architecture, with charming cobblestone streets and many fascinating historical sites such as the historic Castillo de San Marcos fortress, and The Fountain of Youth.

For information on The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village, call 888-740-7020 or 904-940-8000, or visit . # # # PR Contact: Karen Lamonica at (407) 788-7070, ext. 207, or