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Hotel Derek Names Shannen Tune Executive Chef

Chef Tune Joins The Newly Restyled Hotel Derek From Austin’s Famed Driskill Hotel

Chef Shannen Tune is cooking to a different beat these days as the newly appointed Executive Chef of Hotel Derek. Overseeing the hotel’s culinary operation, Chef Tune comes to Houston from Texas’ most recognized boutique hotel, The legendary Driskill Hotel, where he served as Chef de Cuisine for nearly three years. With his culinary experience having taken him across continents, Chef Tune’s refined touches to timeless Texas cuisine will make him feel right at home at the new Hotel Derek, a Destination Hotels & Resorts property.

Chef Shannen Tune’s culinary motto – “the difference between good and great is giving big attention to the little details” – defines his cooking style to a big Texas T. Whether it’s chili and brown sugar rubbed-bacon on his legendary Hangover Burger or the hint of truffle oil in turkey hash, Chef is notorious for taking archetypal foods to a higher culinary level with only subtle modifications.

Chef Tune came to The Driskill Hotel from Terranea Resort, a Destination Hotels & Resorts property in Los Angeles, where he worked with world-renowned Executive Chef Christian Wolfgang Schmidt as Chef de Cuisine for two of the resort’s restaurants. Prior to that post, Chef Tune mentored with great chefs in Las Vegas, New York and Miami as well as touring through Europe and the Pacific Rim learning from the best at Mandarin Oriental Hotels. Chef Tune began pursuing his culinary dreams at Johnson and Wales University where he earned a degree in Applied Science of Culinary Arts.

“With the hotel’s multi-million dollar renovation complete and the addition of Chef Tune to our culinary team, we look forward to making great things happen for our guests,” said Shawn Gracey, general manager of Hotel Derek. “As we continue to evolve our restaurant concept, Chef Tune will play an integral part of ensuring it’s done with a focus on food and giving our patrons an unbeatable culinary experience. From restaurant guests and meeting planners to private events and elegant weddings, Chef Tune will elevate the hotel’s culinary expectations.”

Before introducing a brand-new restaurant concept for Hotel Derek later this fall, Chef Tune is overseeing the restaurant’s culinary team at Valentino VIN Bar, which combines Hotel Derek’s culinary offerings and creative beverages with the best local flavors available.

Valentino VIN Bar is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week with a focus on American favorites. A newly launched gourmet burger menu is turning heads with uncommon yet tasty ground meats such as alligator, wild boar and buffalo.

Catch Chef Tune in the hotel daily or out and about at the Sugar Land Wine and Food Affair’s Grand Tasting event on Friday, April 26.

About Hotel Derek
With a bold vibe and sleek design, the newly restyled Hotel Derek offers guests a refreshing take on southern hospitality with a little edge. While the boutique hotel is centrally located inside the loop, its services and attention to detail are way outside the norm. Each of the 312 designer guestrooms and suites offer stylish appointments that provide all the comforts of home -- from plush bedding to an on-site Starbucks -- Hotel Derek exudes Texas chic. Hotel amenities include an outdoor terrace and splash pool, fitness center, concierge service, in-room dining, and valet parking. Within steps of Houston's famed Galleria shopping district, Hotel Derek is a prime choice for meeting planners, private events and elegant weddings. For more information, visit hotelderek.com or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Destination Hotels & Resorts
Destination Hotels & Resorts is a privately held hospitality management company headquartered in Colorado. With nearly 40 independent, luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and golf clubs, Destination is the fourth largest hospitality management company in the country. The company’s portfolio features more than 9,100 guest rooms, 18 golf courses and 16 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Chicago, Seattle, Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Phoenix, Portland, Palm Springs, Palos Verdes, Maui and Lake Tahoe. The company is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises. For a complete list of properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com.

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