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Chef Brian Cooper Returns To Valley To Lead New Farm-To-Table Signature Restaurant at the Wigwam Resort

Set to Open in January, Chef Cooper Named Chef de Cuisine of New Dining Concept at Iconic Arizona Resort

Phoenix, Ariz. (Oct. 26, 2010) – Chef Brian Cooper has been tapped as the chef de cuisine of the new signature restaurant under development at the Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa, as part of the $7 million rejuvenation underway at the legendary West Valley resort.

Leaving his post at the luxe Inn and Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe, N.M., Cooper will be making his return to the Valley at the Wigwam. He formerly served as the Executive Sous Chef at Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn and as the Restaurant Sous Chef at T.Cook’s at The Royal Palms Resort where he was honored to participate in the James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour.

Cooper will head the new farm-to-table dining concept replacing Red’s Steakhouse at the Wigwam, set to open in January. The new restaurant will debut alongside an unveiling of a rejuvenated resort to include all new dining concepts featuring two restaurants, a new pool, outdoor plaza, arrival experience and outdoor event venues. Elements of the resort’s 80 year history will also be returned to the historic property.

With local chef and James Beard Award winner Chris Bianco helping to define all resort menus, Cooper will work closely with Bianco in launching the new concept at the Wigwam’s signature restaurant which will focus on fresh local Arizona products and produce, and farm-to-table fare. No pre-packaged foods, no frozen desserts and partnerships with only the most reputable local growers and artisans will be at the center of the resort’s new overall approach to dining.

"I am really pleased with the choice of chef Brian Cooper as the chef de cuisine of the new featured restaurant where I have helped instill a culture, commitment and philosophy to celebrate the farm-to-table experience, including the importance of making long-term commitments to our farmers and artisans and to introduce and support the fruits of their labor," said Bianco. "This will ultimately be Brian’s restaurant, where he will man the large wood-burning grill creating a simple seasonally driven menu where restraint and respect will be the two main ingredients. I am anxious to see his infectious enthusiasm and culinary talents lead the way.”

Cooper has traveled the globe working as a chef throughout the Western Hemisphere from Costa Rica to Alaska. Accolades include leading restaurants to coveted honors including Wine Spectator’s "Most Romantic Restaurant for Wine Lovers," and Bride Magazine’s “Most Romantic Breakfast.

The new restaurant will open in January. Fore more information on the Wigwam, visit www.wigwamresort.com.

About the Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa
The Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa recently celebrated its 80th anniversary as one of the Phoenix area’s first full-service resorts. The Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa is an intimate retreat that blends casual elegance with the charm of authentic Arizona. A one-of-a-kind resort destination with a spirit all its own, the Wigwam features 331 guest casitas including 72 suites crafted from traditional territorial adobe architecture surrounded by lush landscaped walkways, fragrant citrus tree-lined enclaves and floral and rose gardens. Offering an unforgettable experience to reconnect and escape the hustle and bustle of daily life, the Wigwam is home to the only 54 holes of golf in the Southwest and a signature Red Door Spa. The Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa is located in Litchfield Park, Ariz. in the West Valley of greater Phoenix. For more information, visit www.wigwamresort.com or call (623) 935-3811.

About Destination Hotels & Resorts
Destination Hotels & Resorts is one of the largest independent hospitality management companies in the country with more than 30 luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and conference centers. DH&R has over 30 years in the Valley of the Sun operating two successful hospitality establishments which include Royal Palms Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Tempe Mission Palms Hotel in downtown Tempe, and most recently Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa. Destination operates properties in key metropolitan areas and resort markets including Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Palm Springs, Houston and Lake Tahoe. Destination is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe. To protect and preserve the unique communities in which the company operates, Destination launched Destination Earth, an environmental sustainability program in 2008. For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com.

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