Hotel Phillips’ Culinary Team Awarded The Golden Fork


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Hotel Phillips’ Culinary Team Awarded The Golden Fork
Executive Chef and Sous Chef Wins ‘Taste of Kansas City’ Culinary Competition

KANSAS CITY, MO. (June 10, 2014) – Hotel Phillips Executive Chef Justin Voldan and Sous Chef Himesh Zimba won the prestigious Golden Fork Award at the “2014 Taste of Kansas City” event on Thursday, May 22. The annual event was sponsored by The Pitch and benefited Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City.

Voldan began working at Hotel Phillips, downtown Kansas City’s most elegant hotel, in 2011. He is responsible for catering all of the banquets and special events held at the hotel, as well as developing the menus for the hotel’s main restaurant, 12 Baltimore. This is the restaurant’s first Golden Fork Award under Voldan’s leadership.

The judging roster included journalist Charles Ferruzza, blogger and author David Hayden, and food blogger and cookbook author Emily Farris. Dishes were judged on taste, visual presentation and creativity.

Contenders were provided with a selection of ingredients to prepare one or two dishes. Ingredients included: pork rib, asparagus, potatoes, cilantro, tomatoes, onion, red wine vinegar, queso fresco, ginger and carrots.
Voldan and Zimba’s winning dish featured pan-seared marinated pork chops served with a potato cake flecked with fresh cilantro and an orange carrot puree.

“The competition was very intense,” Voldan said. “The presentations created by the other chefs were beautiful. We are honored to win this recognition, but most importantly, it was wonderful to see our local talent come together to support a great cause, Big Brothers Big Sisters.”

Voldan plans to offer his winning pork chop dish as a future special at 12 Baltimore in Hotel Phillips.

The Hotel Phillips is owned and managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a leading hotel management company based in Milwaukee, Wis. For more information on the latest news and updates from Marcus Hotels & Resorts, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com.

Hotel Phillips' culinary team, Chef Justin Voldan (left) and Sous Chef Himesh Zimba (right), won the coveted Golden Fork Award.

Hotel Phillips’ culinary team, Chef Justin Voldan (left) and Sous Chef Himesh Zimba (right), won the coveted Golden Fork Award. Photo credit: Charles Ferruzza/The Pitch


About 12 Baltimore

12 Baltimore is the place to see and be seen in downtown Kansas City.  Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week the restaurant’s menu offers a wide selection of dishes prepared by executive chef Justin Voldan. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling 816-346-4410. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/1iGv8ky and follow the Hotel Phillips on Facebook and Twitter (@HotelPhillips).


About Hotel Phillips

Hotel Phillips opened in 1931 as the city’s most elegant hotel. Today it retains that beautiful distinctive Art Deco elegance that is now combined with the ambiance of a European-style hotel. It features unparalleled guest services and amenities. Hotel Phillips is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been recognized in Southern Living, Food & Wine and The Wall Street Journal. Reservations can be made by calling 816-221-7000. For more information, visit www.HotelPhillips.com.


About Marcus Hotels & Resorts

Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), owns and/or manages 19 hotels, resorts and other properties in 10 states.  A force in the hospitality industry, Marcus Hotels & Resorts provides expertise in management, development and historic renovations.  The company’s portfolio includes a wide variety of properties including city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts and branded first-class hotels.  For more information on the latest news and updates, please visit http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

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