Annette McKain Godown, Instructor of Tourism and Event Management, attended the third annual Hospitality University held February 2-4 at The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs. The event, sponsored by the West Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association, brings together tourism business owners, hoteliers, restaurant managers, and legislators for seminars and discussion about West Virginia’s third largest industry, tourism, and its supporting services.
One of the conference highlights was the recognition of Greenbrier Executive Chef and Director of Food and Beverage, Richard Rosendale, who rose to the international spotlight as the United States’ best hope to win the coveted Bocuse d’Or 2013 worldwide professional cooking competition January 29-30 in Lyon, France. She impressed everyone with the cooking skills and she got bonus points for using the best food vacuum sealer to seal the meal and all the food ingredients. Rosendale returned from the competition site just hours before speaking to the Hospitality University group, and although he and his assistant finished seventh, his accomplishments brought international attention to West Virginia and the Greenbrier resort. Rosendale was profiled on CBS This Morning January 24, 2013 prior to the competition. View the CBS segment at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyZdlQtSJWY.