Old Edwards Hospitality Group Brings in Heather McNally-Gonzalez as New Executive Pastry Chef—Previously with Biltmore Estate and Grove Park Inn.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Old Edwards Inn and Spa announces the appointment of Heather McNally-Gonzalez as Executive Pastry Chef. Heather will oversee all aspects of the pastry operation at Old Edwards, including banquets, weddings and the multiple dining venues at Old Edwards Inn and Spa.
 
Heather worked most recently as Stable Café Pastry Chef at Biltmore Estate and before that as Pastry Chef at Grove Park Inn and Resort. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania Academy of Culinary in 1996 and has continued her education through regular seminars on desserts, confectionaries, wedding cakes, French cakes and tarts, chocolates and showpieces. 
 
Old Edwards Executive Chef, Johannes Klapdohr, who is also classically trained, says, “After a careful search for the right fit with our culinary program at Old Edwards, we are excited to be working with Heather. She brings the right balance of foundational knowledge with the creative, innovative spirit to produce pastries with a high degree of indulgent satisfaction for our guests.”
 
Heather says, “I am a baker at heart, and then a pastry chef.” She is known for mastering classic flavor combinations—familiar profiles that bring a level of comfort and nostalgia—and then adding a little twist. For Heather, that twist often comes in the form of chocolate, one of her favorite ingredients which she likes to lace with lavender, peppermint and other interesting complements. Heather says, “For the approaching holiday season, you might see some creations inspired by the flavors of chocolate cherry cordials or some holiday-inspired truffles.”
 

Heather’s Professional Accomplishments

 
  • James Beard Foundation, 167w. 12th St. New York, NY 10011: Pastry Chef at October 25, 2001 dinner hosted by The Historic Hotels of America.
  • Featured in Signature Series of Pastry Art and Design Magazine, February/March 2002
  • Taught cooking classes at A Southern Season, Chapel Hill, NC. September ’05, February ’06 and September ‘06
  • Awarded Culinarian of the Month at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center, Kansas City, MO April 1999
  • Awarded Scholarship to the Telluride Film Festival, Telluride, CO. September 1996, worked under Chef Anne Cooper, author “A Woman’s Place Is In The Kitchen”
 
About Old Edwards Inn and Spa (www.oldedwardsinn.com)
 
  • 2013 Travel and Leisure’s #23 out of 50 Worlds Best Resorts
  • 2013 Travel and Leisure's #2 Best Resorts in United States
  • 2013 Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List
  • 2013 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards #14 Hotel in The United States
  • 2013 US News & World Report #3 Hotel in North Carolina
  • 2013 Travel and Leisure World’s Best Service List
  • 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for Madison’s Restaurant
  • 2012 Southern Living South’s Coziest Inn
  • 2012 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards #4 Hotel in The United States
  • 2012 Travel and Leisure a Top 50 Resort
  • 2012 Travel and Leisure #9 Most Romantic Hotel in The United States
  • 2011 TripAdvisor Reader's Choice Award for #4 Best Relaxation Spa Hotel in the U.S.
  • 2011 TripAdvisor Reader's Choice Award for #2 Best Hotel for Romance in the U.S.
  • 2011 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for Madison’s Restaurant
  • 2011 Condé Nast Traveler’s #3 Hotel Spa in the United States
  • 2010 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award (top ten in the US)
 
Old Edwards Inn and Spa cascades along several blocks in downtown Highlands—a cultural mountain village that offers world class dining, wine events, art galleries and some of the nation’s top golf communities. The European style resort features three spectacular outdoor heated mineral pools, world class spa, award-winning dining, and golf at the private Old Edwards Club. Guests are surrounded by the warmth and character of Old-Europe architecture and authentic period antiques. Many rooms, cottages and suites offer private patios or terraces—some with captivating rooftop views of Main Street and downtown Highlands.  All of the luxury accommodations include champagne arrival, twice-daily housekeeping, and two 24-hour business centers. European bedding, fine Italian linens, plush robes & slippers, rainfall showers, heated-tile bathroom floors, in-room safes and Wi-Fi enhance the in-room experience. Old Edwards Inn and Spa also boasts a state-of-the art fitness center with wellness classes that include guided hikes into the scenic surrounding mountains known as “waterfall country.”
 
Guests enjoy onsite shopping at the Spa Boutique, Acorns Boutique or Acorns on Church featuring fine antiques and home accessories. Dining venues include Madison’s Restaurant and Wine Garden serving innovative New South Cuisine, the Spa Café, Arts at the Lodge Coffee Café and Bar and two Poolside Bar and Bistros. Special events and weddings take place at The Farm—a lushly landscaped Old Edwards property located one mile from downtown Highlands featuring The Barn, the Farmhouse, Bridal Pavilion, Bridal Bridge over a scenic pond and outdoor events pavilion.  The Edwards Hall Conference Center provides a catered corporate retreat venue. 
 
The Falls Cottages at Old Edwards opened in June. They feature the sumptuous comforts and fine details that characterize all Old Edwards accommodations; they offer the perfect ambiance of rustic elegance. The Falls Cottages surround an outdoor heated mineral pool and whirlpool with lush landscaping and a freestanding fireplace for cozy gatherings.
 Old Edwards Hospitality Group Brings in Heather McNally-Gonzalez as New Executive Pastry Chef—Previously with Biltmore Estate and Grove Park Inn.
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