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World-traveled culinary expert Oliver Wolf joins Seneca Resorts & Casinos as executive chef

by jmaloni

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Mon, Aug 25th 2014 07:00 am

Germany native brings 25-plus years of experience at Marriott International properties throughout the U.S. and Germany, as well as resorts in Bermuda and Dubai

A dash of world flavor is coming to the culinary offerings at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls and Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in Buffalo. Oliver Wolf, a recognized chef in the industry with more than 25 years of experience around the globe, joins Western New York's award-winning casino resorts as executive chef.

Wolf describes his cooking style as light cuisine that utilizes classical techniques.

"My cooking philosophy is to prepare fresh, simple food that is instantly appealing," he said. "What inspires me is seeing a food product at the market and envisioning the final outcome on the plate."

Trained and educated in his profession in Germany, Wolf honed his skills at a number of prestigious resorts in Munich, Bavaria, Düsseldorf and Lahnstein. He gained additional national and international experience at the Chicago Downtown Marriott, the Lantana Colony Club in Bermuda and the Sheraton Dubai Hotel in the United Arab Emirates.

Wolf spent the past 14 years in executive chef roles for Marriott International properties. Most recently, he was the executive chef for JW Desert Springs Marriott Resort and Spa in Palm Desert, California, where he was responsible for managing a team of nearly 190 and $23 million annually in food sales.

While there, he helped successfully open the Rockwood Grill and Blue Star Lounge and was recognized as a featured chef through the James Beard Foundation. Wolf gained additional executive chef experience at Marriott properties in Philadelphia, Fort Lauderdale (Florida) and Marina del Rey (California).

As executive culinary chef for Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino and Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino, Wolf will be responsible for ensuring all culinary standards and practices are executed to the highest level. He will actively participate in the formation and fruition of new concepts, projects and initiatives, including menu planning and design, team development and morale, and financial performance and cost controls.

Wolf will oversee nine outlets at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino - including signature dining at Western Door Steakhouse, Koi and La Cascata, as well as three outlets at Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino: Buffalo Savors Grill, BC Café and Stixx Sports Bar.

"Oliver brings experience, leadership, knowledge and professionalism to his new role as executive culinary chef," said David Kopasz, vice president of food and beverage for Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel and Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino. "We are confident he will be a great asset to our culinary teams at our award-winning properties."

For more information, visit www.SenecaCasinos.com.

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