Anthony Ploof, the new executive chef for THE TENNESSEAN Personal Luxury Hotel, brings 15 years of culinary excellence to its kitchen, including serving as a top chef at a luxury resort and spa in Vermont.
As chef de cuisine at The Essex Resort & Spa, Ploof developed menus for two on-site restaurants, as well as banquets and catering for the resort’s farm-to-table concept. He also served as director of the resort’s Cook Academy, which offers culinary classes for leisure and corporate guests. The Essex, a Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards winner, is located in Essex, Vermont.
“Chef Anthony’s experience and skills will match perfectly with the experience that our guests and visitors expect,” said Nicholas G. Cazana, innkeeper at the AAA Four Diamond-rated THE TENNESSEAN Personal Luxury Hotel. “He is committed to his craft and will excel at events of all kinds, from intimate gatherings in The Drawing Room, corporate meetings in the Executive Boardroom and large catering events.”
Ploof earned a bachelor’s degree in professional studies, hotel and restaurant management and an associate degree in hospitality management from Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. He also earned an associate degree in culinary arts from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.
Prior to joining THE TENNESSEAN Personal Luxury Hotel, Ploof served as executive chef at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa in Pigeon Forge, where he oversaw all dining operations.
“The Smoky Mountains remind me so much of my time living and working in Vermont,” Ploof said. “I have adopted East Tennessee as my home and along with my team look forward to exceeding the expectations of all of our guests at THE TENNESSEAN.”
THE TENNESSEAN was recently named No. 1 on Southern Living’s The South’s Best Hotels 2018 list.
About THE TENNESSEAN Personal Luxury Hotel and Residences
THE TENNESSEAN Personal Luxury Hotel and Residences is a luxurious urban retreat with a staff dedicated to exceeding expectations; dramatic city, mountain and park views; and an atmosphere perfectly blending Southern hospitality and contemporary flair. THE TENNESSEAN comprises a AAA Four Diamond-rated, 82-room and suite hotel and 12 upper-bracket residences. Its elegant Drawing Room lounge offers fine spirits, handcrafted cocktails and fresh, seasonal small plates and sweet bites.
For more information, visit http://www.thetennesseanhotel.com.