MCLEAN, Va. - Last night Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Hilton's (NYSE: HLT) iconic luxury brand, hosted the third annual Taste of Waldorf Astoria culinary competition event presented by Visa at the newly-opened Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills to reign this year's winning dish pairing from Waldorf Astoria Park City. Selected by a star-studded panel of judges, the winning dish created by Waldorf Astoria Executive Chef Michael Zachman from Waldorf Astoria Park City and James Beard Foundation (JBF), Rising Star Finalist Chef Alex Bois, will be featured on menus at 26 Waldorf Astoria properties worldwide.

Padma Lakshmi, New York Times best-selling author, host and executive producer of "Top Chef," emceed the event, which marked the end of the third annual Taste of Waldorf Astoria competition where JBF Rising Star Finalist chefs partnered with Waldorf Astoria Executive Chefs for weeklong collaborations in 2016.

The event concluded with a collaboration between the esteemed panel of judges to select this year's Taste of Waldorf Astoria winning dish pairing.  This year's panel included Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who is opening his first west coast restaurant at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, Adam Rapoport, editor-in-chief of Bon Appétit magazine, Erik Bruner-Yang, owner and chef of Maketto in D.C. who won last year's Taste of Waldorf Astoria competition, and Taste of Waldorf Astoria Chef and Vice President, Culinary Americas for Hilton, Marc Ehrler.

The dish pairing from Waldorf Astoria Park City joins last year's winning dish, the Jing Roll, the 2015 winning dish Celery Root Risotto Alla Waldorf, and a lineup of iconic dishes that were first created at Waldorf Astoria, including Eggs Benedict, Red Velvet Cake, and The Waldorf Salad. The winning dish pairing featured Beet-Cured Steelhead Trout paired with Rye & Shine Prosecco cocktail and Spicy Togarashi Prawn paired with Ginger Yuzu Asian Pear Mo(ck)jito.

This year's Taste of Waldorf Astoria posed a specific challenge - to transform happy hour into the "Fifth Hour: Bar + Bites," a contemporary update to the time-honored ritual using innovative themes that mirror the sophisticated and modern style of each property. With the goal of expanding bar offerings beyond traditional drinks and appetizers, each chef duo created two small bites that pair perfectly with an original cocktail and mocktail. The journey from plate to palate and chefs' ability to create a truly unforgettable food and beverage pairing was a key component of the judging criteria. 

High-resolution images from last night's event including the winning dish can be downloaded here:https://bfa.com/events/20314.

"Congratulations to all the chef teams who participated in this year's competition and a big thank you to our judging panel of culinary luminaries who joined us last night to conclude year three of Taste of Waldorf Astoria," said John T.A. Vanderslice, global head, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. "As we introduced a new theme and location for this year's competition and final event, it is more than evident what a talented food and beverage team we have at Waldorf Astoria and we are honored to work alongside those who continue the culinary legacy of the brand."

"Waldorf Astoria has always influenced the culinary landscape and with pioneering programs like Taste of Waldorf Astoria, the brand continues to lead and inspire through innovation & strategic collaboration. I truly value the opportunity to judge this competition and bring exquisite food to discerning guests," said Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. "I'm excited to have found the perfect partner to make my West Coast debut and bring my culinary passion to one of the world's most prestigious hotel brands."

The five Taste of Waldorf Astoria chef collaborations took place in 2016 at the following properties:

Waldorf Astoria Park City
October 30 - November 4, 2016

Waldorf Astoria Executive Chef
: Michael Zachman, Executive Chef at Waldorf Astoria Park City
JBF Rising Star Chef Semi-Finalist
: Alex Bois, Owner/Head Baker at the new Lost Bread Co. (Philadelphia, PA)

Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah
November 6 - 10, 2016

Waldorf Astoria Executive Chef
: Rudolf W. Segers, Executive Chef at Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah
JBF Rising Star Chef Semi-Finalist
: Maximillian Petty, Chef/Owner of Eden Hill Restaurant (Seattle, WA)

Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
November 13 - 17, 2016
Waldorf Astoria Executive Chef
: Ryan Urig, Executive Chef at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
JBF Rising Star Chef Semi-Finalist
: Irene Li, Chef & Co-Owner of Mei Mei Restaurant Group (Boston, MA)

Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
December 5 - 9, 2016
Waldorf Astoria Executive Chef: Andrew Roenbeck, Executive Chef at Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
JBF Rising Star Chef Semi-Finalist: Sara Hauman, former Head Chef at Huxley (San Francisco, CA)

Trianon Palace Versailles, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel
December 11 - 17, 2016
Waldorf Astoria Executive Chef: Frédéric Larquemin, Executive Chef of Trianon Palace Versailles, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel
JBF Rising Star Chef Semi-Finalist: Bradley Kilgore, Executive Chef of Alter (Miami, FL

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills joins Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts portfolio of 26 properties worldwide as part of the Visa Luxury Hotel Collection through which U.S.-issued Visa Signature and U.S.-issued Visa Infinite cardholders can find, book, and enjoy premium benefits at some of the world's best hotels. Premium benefits include best available rate guarantee, automatic room upgrade when available, complimentary in-room Wi-Fi when available, complimentary continental breakfast daily, $25 food or beverage credit, VIP guest status, and 3:00 p.m. late check-out when available. To book and enjoy these benefits at the new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, visit www.visasignaturehotels.com/hotel-detail/waldorf-astoria-beverly-hills.

For more information about Taste of Waldorf Astoria and to see the recipe from Waldorf Astoria Park City, please visit www.tasteofwaldorfastoria.com.  Follow each chef's on-property journey and the final event by following @WaldorfAstoria on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #TasteofWaldorf. For more information about Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.waldorfastoria.com or news.waldorfastoria.com.

Contacts:
John Walls
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
john.walls@hilton.com
+1.703.883.5232

Danielle Hendricks
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
+1.646.664.4923
danielle.hendricks@magrinopr.com

About the James Beard Foundation
Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation celebrates, nurtures, and honors America's diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, the late James Beard was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful, and delicious food. Today JBF continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships for culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training, and thought-leader convening. The Foundation also maintains the historic James Beard House in New York City's Greenwich Village as a "performance space" for visiting chefs. For more information, please visit jamesbeard.org. Get food news, recipes, and more at the James Beard Foundation's blog. Follow the James Beard Foundation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of 26 iconic properties in the world’s most sought after destinations. Unified by their inspirational environments and True Waldorf Service, Waldorf Astoria hotels deliver unparalleled, bespoke service from the moment a guest books through check out. Waldorf Astoria is a part of Hilton, a leading global hospitality company. Experience Waldorf Astoria by booking a www.waldorfastoria.com or through the Hilton Honors mobile app. Learn about the brand by visiting http://news.waldorfastoria.com, and follow Waldorf Astoria on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

About Hilton
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,000 properties with more than 825,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by HiltonTM, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by HiltonTM, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.

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