Hunt Club at Sorrento Hotel Announces New Executive Chef

April 2012

Dan Gilmore takes the lead of the culinary team at Seattle’s iconic hotel

SEATTLE (April 11, 2012) – The Sorrento Hotel announces the appointment of Dan Gilmore as executive chef. He will oversee culinary direction for the Hunt Club restaurant, as well as hotel catering and private events.

“We are extremely fortunate to welcome Chef Dan Gilmore to the Sorrento,” said Sam Johnson, general manager, Sorrento Hotel. “His wealth of experience will be coupled with our ongoing commitment to providing our guests with exquisite dining experiences, highlighted by well balanced, local ingredients. Our new Hunt Club menus will showcase product from local farmers, foragers, fishmongers and ranchers like never before. I know Dan will become a strong leader in our ongoing desire to make every guest experience exceptional.”

Gilmore brings more than 24 years of experience to his position at the Sorrento Hotel. Since the ’90s, Gilmore has built much of his reputation by working with the best chefs in the country at restaurants all over the West Coast, most recently serving as Executive Chef at Palisade. Prior to Palisade, Gilmore was chef de cuisine at Urbane at Olive 8, where he led the team to become one of the top five food outlets within the Hyatt organization. Gilmore has also held positions at a number of notable restaurants throughout the Pacific Northwest, including Peso’s Kitchen & Lounge, Crush, The Herbfarm, Wuksachi Lodge and Windows at the Sheraton Hotel in Tucson, Arizona.

“I look forward to embracing the history of the Sorrento Hotel and the Hunt Club by infusing the menu with dishes that will entice new diners to consider the Hunt Club, while still satisfying those guests who have been dining here for years,” said Dan Gilmore, executive chef, Hunt Club.

Gilmore’s food philosophy is simplicity; well-balanced food items with simple flavors and delicious aromas to trigger fond memories for guests. He believes a guest’s culinary experience should be about comfort. Not so much comfort food, but “comfortable food.” Some dishes will trend toward rustic for those who want a more subdued experience and others will be a bit more elegant for the guests who are celebrating a special occasion.

“My culinary concept for the Hunt Club expresses a whimsical and playful experience. It speaks of looking back at the past, a nod towards tradition, but refreshing our cuisine by keeping an eye on the future,” says Gilmore.

Gilmore holds a culinary degree from Seattle Central Community College, as well as a number of certificates, which include a certified chef de cuisine certificate from the American Culinary Federation, an American Bistro Cooking certificate from Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, among others. When he is in the kitchen, Gilmore enjoys listening to music of all genres and tempos. He usually rocks out to The Sex Pistols and Bad Religion during busy hours, but winds down to mellow music while shutting down the kitchen. Gilmore believes a smooth, calm kitchen making beautiful food is one of the happiest places to be. Gilmore resides in Seattle with his wife, whom he met in culinary school and is a pastry chef, and their son.

About the Sorrento Hotel
The Sorrento Hotel has been a landmark historic hotel in Seattle since it was established in 1909. The magnificent Italian mission-style architecture creates a classic setting for the Sorrento Hotel’s quiet hospitality. Preferred among business travelers, well-traveled vacationers and even Seattle neighbors, The Sorrento offers a high level of personal service that only a boutique property can provide. The Sorrento Hotel also strives to be a center for arts and culture, partnering with and supporting such wonderful institutions as the Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle Theater Group, Town Hall and various others through Night School, a collaboration between the hotel, Michael Hebb, and an array of intellectuals, artists, writers, filmmakers, mixologists, chefs and the leading cultural institutions in the Northwest. The Malone Family has owned the Sorrento since 1983 and since has restored the hotel’s appearance, as well as its reputation for hospitality. The Sorrento has earned numerous awards in the last decade including being named one of Condé Nast Traveler’s Top 25 hotels, the Seattle Times Most Romantic Hotel and Seattle Metropolitan’s 30 Must Do Dining Experiences, as well as being named CitySearch’s most Pet Friendly hotel.

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