Regional executive chefs to guide growing food service company’s culinary teams
BUFFALO, N.Y. (Oct. 21, 2009) – Delaware North Companies Sportservice, a leading food service provider at sports and entertainment venues, today announced it has selected four of its most skilled and experienced chefs to oversee its culinary efforts across the United States and Canada.

Promoted by Sportservice to the position of regional executive chef were: Jeramie Mitchell, executive chef of the St. Louis Cardinals® at Busch Stadium; Mark Szubeczak, executive chef of the Detroit Tigers® at Comerica Park; James Major, executive chef of the Cleveland Indians® at Progressive Field; and Kevin Doherty, executive chef of the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics at TD Garden.

In their expanded roles, each chef will lend his expertise to more than a dozen Sportservice locations. Specifically, each will assist and mentor chefs and culinary teams in operating premium dining and concessions at other locations, as well as head large culinary teams at many of Sportservice parent company Delaware North’s most complex events.

Each of the four regional chefs will continue to oversee culinary operations at his venue.

“These are some of the most talented chefs in the country, overseeing massive kitchens and serving thousands of guests with menus that run the gamut from barbequed brisket to foie gras,” Sportservice President Rick Abramson said. “Making these great chefs available to mentor our other chefs is part of Sportservice’s significant investment to provide guests with delicious, well-prepared fresh foods in both premium dining areas and concessions.”

The regional chefs will assist Delaware North’s top corporate chef, Roland Henin, in instructing other chefs at Delaware North’s annual food and beverage summit and other events. Henin, a rare certified master chef, is a renowned culinary educator who has been a mentor to such chefs as Thomas Keller, in addition to Delaware North’s chefs.

“Chef Henin has been a role model and mentor to these regional executive chefs, and they will continue to learn from him and in turn champion his high standards of culinary excellence,” Abramson said.

Another key role for the regional chefs will be training and preparing other Sportservice chefs for the rigorous process to obtain certification from the American Culinary Federation (ACF), the premier professional organization for chefs in North America.

Delaware North is believed to be the first major food service company to require its chefs to obtain ACF certification. The company’s culinary council oversees the effort, which demonstrates a strong commitment to culinary excellence and food safety, Abramson said.

In recent years, the four chefs have assisted in managing many of Sportservice’s most important catering efforts, including at Major League Baseball® World Series games, the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs and the NBA Championship series. Now they will have primary responsibility for guiding culinary efforts at such high-profile events, Abramson said.

Their readiness for the challenge was demonstrated this summer when Sportservice catered MLB’s two most important hospitality events at the 2009 All-Star Game® in St. Louis. Mitchell developed St. Louis-themed menus for the parties, each attended by 4,000 guests, and Major, Doherty and Szubeczak played lead roles in assisting him in overseeing the event catering, as well as Busch Stadium premium dining and concessions for three days of events.

The four chefs will also assist in preparing the culinary teams at new Sportservice locations, including the Minnesota Twins’ Target Field, which opens in 2010.

Each of the four regional executive chefs brings broad culinary experience to the position:
  • Chef Kevin Doherty has been executive chef at TD Garden since 2000. He began his culinary career 25 years ago by working at his grandfather’s bakery, and later worked as a chef for Gourmet Caterers, Golf Host Resorts, the Westin Hotel Copley Place, and Sheraton’s Starwood Hotels & Resorts, based in Boston. In 1998, he accepted his first executive chef position at the Colonial Sheraton Hotel and Golf Resort in Massachusetts. In 2008, Doherty took home a bronze medal in the cold plate competition of the Culinary Olympics in Germany. He graduated from Johnson & Wales University in 1988 and is certified as an executive chef by the ACF.
  • Chef Jeramie Mitchell joined Sportservice’s Busch Stadium team in 2002 and played an integral role in opening the new Busch Stadium in 2006. After becoming executive chef, he oversaw culinary operations at the 2006 World Series and at this year’s All-Star Game. Mitchell served in the U.S. Army in Operation Desert Storm and later earned an associate’s degree in culinary arts and a bachelor’s degree in food service management from Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, S.C. An Indiana native, Mitchell has worked in restaurants in Florida, Indiana and Missouri. He is certified as a chef de cuisine by the ACF.
  • Chef Mark Szubeczak spent 18 years at the landmark Chicago Road Steak House across from Ford Motor Co. headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., where he served as executive chef. He then worked as a chef for Restaura Dining Services, managing food service for two large General Motors plants. After stints at other Detroit sports venues, he joined Sportservice at Comerica Park in 2002. At Comerica Park, he has overseen culinary operations for the 2005 All-Star Game and 2006 World Series and assisted with Sportservice’s catering of parties and backstage hospitality for The Rolling Stones during three concerts. Szubeczak is certified as a chef de cuisine by the ACF and has trained at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.
  • Chef James Major joined Sportservice in February 2007 as Progressive Field’s Terrace Club chef and became the executive chef in 2008. He has introduced the popular “Dinner on the Diamond” gourmet dinner experience and the Go! Foods healthy menu selections, a joint initiative with the Cleveland Clinic. Major began his culinary career as a cook in the Navy, after which he operated his own Cleveland restaurant, Major’s Club Isabella, winning a number of Cleveland-area culinary awards. Major has an associate’s degree in occupational studies in the culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of America. He is certified as a chef de cuisine by the ACF.
About Delaware North Companies Sportservice
Delaware North Companies Sportservice is one of the nation’s leading food, beverage and retail management companies, providing concessions, gourmet catering and fine dining operations at more than 50 professional sporting venues, entertainment complexes and convention centers across the United States and Canada. Sportservice has served an impressive collection of sporting events and clients, including the World Series, the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball’s All-Star Games, Stanley Cup Championships and the Olympic Games.

For more than 90 years, Sportservice has demonstrated that it knows what it takes to effectively develop, operate and manage multi-faceted kitchens, restaurants, suites, fine dining and retail facilities in order to meet the changing demands of today's fans. From introducing new healthy, organic food selections and creative cuisine for twists on the traditional fare, Sportservice continues to innovate and enhance the fan experience.

About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Garden. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually and 50,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.


Glen White
Director-Corp. Comm
Email: GAWhite@delawarenorth.com
Phone: 716-858-5753
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