Award-winning executive chef to lead all food and beverage services at the historic, downtown Portland property
PORTLAND, Ore. (July 9, 2019) – The Benson Hotel, a 287-room property located near Portland’s iconic Pearl District that is operated and managed by Coast Hospitality, has announced the promotion of Chef Lee C. Cheatle as its new Executive Chef and Food and Beverage Director, also known by the term “Chef and B.” In his new role, Lee will oversee all of The Benson Hotel’s food and beverage services, while ensuring that guests have exceptional experiences while dining at the property.
Lee brings nearly 50 years of hospitality experience, as well as 18 years of culinary experience, to his new role. Prior to joining The Benson Hotel team in 2012, Lee worked as an Executive Chef at a variety of hotel properties across the United States, including several Red Lion Hotels located around the Pacific Northwest, The Greenwood Inn in Warwick, R.I, and The Sweetbrier Inn in Tualatin, Ore., among others.
A native of Long Beach, Calif., Lee attended Long Beach City College, where he graduated at the top of his culinary class and received his Associate of Arts degree. He is also a member of various community organizations, including the Bonsai Society of Portland where he currently serves as President. In his free time, Lee is an international prize-winning ice carver and has a passion for bonsai trees, as well as running and exploring the great outdoors.
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ABOUT THE BENSON HOTEL
Established in 1913, the historic Benson Hotel combines European elegance and charm with modern luxuries. Located in the heart of downtown Portland near sightseeing, tax-free shopping, nightlife, performing arts and museums, The Benson features 287 guestrooms and suites with high-definition LCD televisions, high-speed wireless, alarm clocks with iPod/MP3 stations, organic bamboo robes and slippers, Sealy® Tempur-Pedic sleep-system beds and more. The property is also home to The Palm Court restaurant and bar, as well as more than 18,000 square feet of versatile meeting and event space. For more information, visit www.bensonhotel.com. If you would like to stay in touch, please like The Benson Hotel on Facebook or follow @TheBensonHotel on Twitter and Instagram.
ABOUT COAST HOSPITALITY
Coast Hospitality has owned, managed and franchised a unique collection of distinctive West Coast properties in the United States and Canada for more than 40 years. Known for providing a seamless blend of comfort, first-rate service and exceptional value, Coast properties continually surprise and delight guests with consistently friendly accommodations and a style and personality all their own. Coast Hotels are always conveniently located, affording both leisure and business travelers easy access to restaurants, theaters, local sightseeing attractions and major airports. Current US properties are located in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii. For more information, please visit www.coasthotels.com. If you would like to stay in touch with Coast Hotels, please like Coast Hotels USA on Facebook or follow@CoastHotelsUSA on Twitter, or stay up to date at No Place Like Coast, a Coast Hotels blog.