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Hangin' With Chad Minton: Hot Chef Silver-Spoon Winner

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  Site Where: 485 5th Ave. [map], New York, NY, United States, 10017
October 28, 2013 at 12:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

Our "Hottest Hotel Chef in the World" contest was a hit with the battle for the ultimate golden spoon fierce between eventual final winner Antonio Minichiello and runner up (by eight votes!) Executive Chef Chad Minton of the Shop at Andaz 5th Avenue.

We thought it fair to share a couple of the tattooed-one's gems with you, as he was a great sport about the whole competition--and quite frankly, his fan club was a passionate bunch, often (illegally!) voting quadruple times for the skateboarding, freestlyin' kitchen master who rides a fixed-gear bike to work every day.

So, we tossed him a few questions and were delighted with his answers. We hope the Minton Minions (ha!) will be, too.

HotelChatter: If you would have won the competition, who would you have called first?
Chef Chad Minton: Definitely someone at Ford Modeling.

HC: Have you ever been called a “Hot Chef” before? What does it mean to you?
CM: I have not and now that I am so hot, I need to take a page from another famously hot New Yorker, Spiderman. “With great power comes great responsibility”. This more true now than ever. I need to be aware of this. I pledge to only use my “hotness” for the good of mankind.

HC: Did you read the comments people said about you? What was your favorite?
CM: I can’t believe what an amazing response there was. I want to sincerely thank everyone that took the time to log on and vote for me. So many hilarious comments and creative user names. “I saw him carving the lamb at a halal truck with a katana.” and “Chef Chad is soo hot, they had to re-calibrate all the fire detectors in the kitchen.” Plus, a poster said, “one time he made me soup, for free!!!”. Those were all standouts for me.

HC: Ok, quell our curiosity...What does this nickname Chaddah mean?
CM: I have no idea! I think some people were just having fun with my name, but I've never been called that.

More on Chef Minton after the break!

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Who Is The Hottest Hotel Chef In the World?

October 24, 2013 at 12:37 PM | by | Comments (6)

Never say HotelChatter readers don't love a good competition. After a week's worth of voting on 50 chefs representing hotels from all over the world, hundreds of you then narrowed them down to five favorite finalists.

Counting these last 300-plus votes wasn't easy--many campaigned so hard for their heartthrobs, they voted multiple times (tsk! tsk!), so we had to double check our figures.

And you were checking figures, too!

First it was Antonio Minichiello, the Italian hottie hailing from Verandah at Las Vegas' Four Seasons Hotel.

Next was tattooed-skateboarder babe Chad Milton from "The Shop" at NYC's Andaz 5th Avenue, who's amassed a boatload of badass nicknames.

Playing with the big boys was magnífica Marcela Jongezoon Bosch from 6.8 Palopó Restaurant in Guatemala. Her piercing blue eyes hypnotized everyone.

How about Bruno Oakman of Minneapolis' Beacon Public House, who had readers fawn over his "good guy-next-door" profile.

And finally, the charming Francesco Ferretti of Trattoria Il Rosmarino. He impressed you with his culinary skill and love of his home country,Italy.

But only one person can be crowned "Hottest Hotel Chef In The World", and the winner is...

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The 'Hottest Hotel Chef In The World' Finalists Are...

October 21, 2013 at 5:03 PM | by | Comments (385)

VOTING IS CLOSED AND THE WINNER HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED HERE. Thanks to everyone for participating and giving us some hotties, er, hot dishes, to fantasize about!

Last week, we presented over 50 chefs from around the world, each of them burning in the best hotel kitchens (in a good way!) and managing to look good while presenting masterful dishes to discerning diners.

The competition was fierce and while we'd love to declare them all winners, after tallying your votes via email and our comments section, we've had to narrow it down to one finalist from the four regions (West Coast, East Coast, Midwest, and International).

These chefs have made it to the final round. Now the pressure cooker's on because we're asking you to pick the single hottest hotel chef in the world!.

Simply enter your choice in the comments by 11:59 pm EST on Tuesday. The winner will be announced on Thursday, which gives you enough time to make reservations at their restaurant for the weekend!

And the finalists are...

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Hottest Hotel Chef, Round 5: International Edition

October 18, 2013 at 4:19 PM | by | Comments (52)

Attention, hotel geeks! This week, we're taking time to highlight the world's hottest hotel chefs. Why? It's simple. These folks deserve high praise for putting out fantastic food in a hotel setting, and not only do they work in steamy kitchens, many of them are pretty..well..steamy themselves!

So, following the footsteps of our previous "Hottest Hotel GM in the World" competition, we're searching for the ultimate "Hottest Hotel Chef in the World".

Here's how it works: each day, we'll present a selection of cute chefs for you to admire (for their looks, skills--whichever your pleasure). Pick your favorite by voting in the comments at the bottom of the story. At the end of the week, votes will be tallied to have four finalists from each category (West Coast, East Coast, Midwest, and International).

We'll then narrow it down further and ask you to help us pick the single hottest hotel chef in the world.

Beware, our competitors are here to light your fire and you may have difficulty concentrating on work this week.

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Hottest Hotel Chef, Round 4: The East Coast

October 17, 2013 at 4:56 PM | by | Comments (116)

Attention, hotel geeks! This week, we're taking time to highlight the world's hottest hotel chefs. Why? It's simple. These folks deserve high praise for putting out fantastic food in a hotel setting, and not only do they work in steamy kitchens, many of them are pretty..well..steamy themselves!

So, following the footsteps of our previous "Hottest Hotel GM in the World" competition, we're searching for the ultimate "Hottest Hotel Chef in the World".

Here's how it works: each day, we'll present a selection of cute chefs for you to admire (for their looks, skills--whichever your pleasure). Pick your favorite by voting in the comments at the bottom of the story. At the end of the week, votes will be tallied to have four finalists from each category (West Coast, East Coast, Midwest, and International).

We'll then narrow it down further and ask you to help us pick the single hottest hotel chef in the world.

Beware, our competitors are here to light your fire and you may have difficulty concentrating on work this week.

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Hottest Hotel Chef, Round 3: The Midwest

October 16, 2013 at 5:31 PM | by | Comments (27)

Attention, hotel geeks! This week, we're taking time to highlight the world's hottest hotel chefs. Why? It's simple. These folks deserve high praise for putting out fantastic food in a hotel setting, and not only do they work in steamy kitchens, many of them are pretty..well..steamy themselves!

So, following the footsteps of our previous "Hottest Hotel GM in the World" competition, we're searching for the ultimate "Hottest Hotel Chef in the World".

Here's how it works: each day, we'll present a selection of cute chefs for you to admire (for their looks, skills--whichever your pleasure). Pick your favorite by voting in the comments at the bottom of the story. At the end of the week, votes will be tallied to have four finalists from each category (West Coast, East Coast, Midwest, and International).

We'll then narrow it down further and ask you to help us pick the single hottest hotel chef in the world.

Beware, our competitors are here to light your fire and you may have difficulty concentrating on work this week.

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Hottest Hotel Chef, Round 1: The West Coast. Part 1

October 14, 2013 at 3:14 PM | by | Comments (90)

Attention, hotel geeks! This week, we're taking time to highlight the world's hottest hotel chefs. Why? It's simple. These folks deserve high praise for putting out fantastic food in a hotel setting, and not only do they work in steamy kitchens, many of them are pretty..well..steamy themselves!

So, following the footsteps of our previous "Hottest Hotel GM in the World" competition, we're searching for the ultimate "Hottest Hotel Chef in the World".

Here's how it works: each day, we'll present a selection of cute chefs for you to admire (for their looks, skills--whichever your pleasure). Pick your favorite by voting in the comments*. At the end of the week, votes will be tallied to have four finalists from each category (West Coast, East Coast, Midwest, and International).

We'll then narrow it down further and ask you to help us pick the single hottest hotel chef in the world.

Beware, our competitors are here to light your fire and you may have difficulty concentrating on work this week.

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Only 2 Days Left to Win a 3-Night Stay at the Holiday Inn Club Vacations in Orlando

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  Site Where: 8505 W. Irlo Broson Memorial Highway [map], Kissimmee, FL, United States, 34747
December 13, 2010 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (3)

Have the holiday crowds at the mall started to wear you down? Are you sick of Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You?" Are you gagging at the site of another holiday fruitcake? If so, it sounds like you could use a vacation from the holidays. Good thing, we've got a cure for you right here. And it doesn't involve chugging eggnog.

HotelChatter has partnered up with the InterContinental Hotel Group to offer one lucky winner an awesome vacation. Imagine getting this under your Christmas tree this year:

A three-night stay at the Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake, located next to the Walt Disney World Parks and Animal Kingdom. All guest rooms at this resort come with either two queen beds or a king bed, a fully-equipped kitchenette and a pull-out sofa. Plus you'll have access to the resort's 12-acre waterpark with a tropical lazy river, 10 pools and an 80-acre lake with water sports.

But that's not all! Your three-night stay voucher will come in this cute Vera Bradley carry-on bag stuffed with decorative cosmetic bags, a travel pillow, headphones and a $25 Visa gift card.

Here's how to enter:

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Just in Time for Christmas, Win 3 Nights at The Holiday Inn Club Vacations Resort in Orlando

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  Site Where: 8505 W. Irlo Broson Memorial Highway [map], Kissimmee, FL, United States, 34747
December 9, 2010 at 2:50 PM | by | Comments (55)

THE CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you for all your submissions and Orlando vacation plans! We will notify the winner shortly.

Still trying to come up with a holiday gift idea that will wow someone special in your life? Or are you making it all about you this year? Either way, HotelChatter has partnered up with the InterContinental Hotel Group to offer one lucky winner an awesome vacation. Imagine getting this under your Christmas tree this year:

A three-night stay at the Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake, located next to the Walt Disney World Parks and Animal Kingdom. All guest rooms at this resort come with either two queen beds or a king bed, a fully-equipped kitchenette and a pull-out sofa. Plus you'll have access to the resort's 12-acre waterpark with a tropical lazy river, 10 pools and an 80-acre lake with water sports.

But that's not all! You're three-night stay voucher will come in this cute Vera Bradley carry-on bag stuffed with decorative cosmetic bags, a travel pillow, headphones and a $25 Visa gift card.

Here's how to enter:

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Win Two Free Night Awards with Hyatt's Gold Passport Program

May 12, 2010 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (84)

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UPDATE: Congrats to AGrater and JDGoalie30 who won this contest. Thanks to ALL OF YOU for participating and hopefully, we can do more of these contests for you soon.

This week we're sort of obsessing over Loyalty Programs. We've got tips from The Points Guy and we're keeping dibs on the newest promotions and changes. While we were bummed to hear that Hyatt's Gold Passport had upped their point requirements for free nights, we did find out that Gold Passport is still in the midst of their Big Welcome Back promotion.

Since we are in the midst of a loyalty program obsession, we decided what better time to offer HotelChatter's readers a chance to win two free Hyatt awards nights. Here's how:

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HotelChatter Contest: Who Is Going To Nashville, With a Tan?

July 27, 2009 at 5:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

HotelChatter's Win a Trip to Nashville contest ended last last week and since then our panel of judges has been busy grading entries. Today we are happy to report that we have a winner. Twenty-nine year-old Mike Nielsen of Los Angeles, Calif. and a guest of his choosing will be jetting off to Nashville courtesy of Southwest Airlines and staying at the The Hotel Preston for two nights. Here is Mike's winning entry:

I think, especially if you're staying in Nashville, that a fun, simple room amenity would be an:

ACOUSTIC GUITAR

That would be so much fun! It seems to make sense, and would be very original and entertaining for guests!

Killer idea Mike. We are now working with Hotel Preston to figure out the best, most practical way for the hotel to execute this idea in one form or another. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, Mike and guest are off to Nashville. Huge thanks to Southwest and The Hotel Preston for helping us pull off this contest. And of course, thanks to all of you who entered your dream amenity suggestions. May hotels and hoteliers soon make your amenity dreams come true!

Read all the entries here.

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HotelChatter Contest: Win A Free Trip To Nashville, Y'all

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  Site Where: 733 Briley Parkway [map], Nashville, TN, United States, 37217
June 24, 2009 at 12:10 PM | by | Comments (39)

UPDATE 7.23.09: The contest is now closed. The winner has been announced on Monday July 27th here at HotelChatter.

Hotels have become quite clever these days with their in-room amenities. Like The Wit Hotel in Chicago with its cute wake-up calls or the complimentary laptops at The Lanesborough Hotel in London. We're also partial to the "donut soap" at The James and hotels that have Sony Readers or Kindles. And of course, sexy in-room amenities continue to be popular with hotel guests.

At The Hotel Preston in Nashville, amenities are a big part of the guest experience. A Spiritual Menu is offered to guests so they can choose how they want to say their nightly prayers. And just by pressing the hotel's "You want it, you got it" button on the room phone, a lava lamp, a gold fish, a good book, an art kit, a rubber duckie and even milk and cookies can be delivered to your room.

Now the hotel is seeking to add to their amenity list and they want YOU to come up with their next big amenity offering. What is your ultimate fantasy when it comes to hotel room amenities? For the first time ever, you can actually tell us what that fantasy is and by doing so, you'll be entered to win two free round trip tickets on Southwest to Nashville, plus two nights at The Hotel Preston!

Keep reading for more on how to enter HotelChatter's Win Two Nights in Nashville Contest.

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