Culinary Luminaries from Metropolitan Hotels Headline James Beard Foundation Gala and Conference in New York Celebrating Modern Chinese Cuisine


    TORONTO, Sept. 16 /CNW/ - Renowned chefs Patrick Lin, Terrence Chan and
Ken Tam of Metropolitan Hotels have proven, once again, their fine culinary
talent and leadership in sophisticated Chinese cooking by partnering with the
lauded James Beard Foundation event, "Dumplings & Dynasties: The Evolution of
Modern Chinese Cuisine". Taking place in New York City on November 13-15, the
event, paying homage to Chinese fare, will include a special gala dinner
followed by a two-day conference featuring experts on the cuisine and food
culture of China.
    "We are thrilled to be working with the world-renowned James Beard
Foundation on this exciting project," said Henry Wu, President of Liverton
Hotels International Inc. "For years, Metropolitan Hotels and its affiliates
Lai Wah Heen and Lai Toh Heen have been committed to inspiring new dimensions
in Chinese cuisine."
    Lin, Chan and Tam will be a part of an impressive roster of talent. Other
participating chefs include Chen Jun (Shanghai); Richard Chen (Las Vegas);
Chow Chung (Hong Kong); James Beard Foundation Award Winner Susanna Foo
(Philadelphia); Susur Lee (Toronto, New York City); with support from Joe Ng
of Chinatown Brasserie in New York City.
    The Gala Dinner and Auction, held on November 13 at the Edison Ballroom,
will feature a dim sum reception, a banquet dinner paired with fine wines
chosen by guest sommeliers and extraordinary live and silent auctions of
once-in-a-lifetime food, wine and travel packages. The two-day conference will
take place November 14 and 15, featuring presentations, experiential learning
activities, panels and discussions.

    Metropolitan Hotels ( operates three luxury
properties in Toronto and Vancouver, including the Metropolitan Toronto, the
SoHo Metropolitan and the Metropolitan Vancouver. With more than 815 rooms,
Metropolitan Hotels is committed to providing luxury accommodation for
business and leisure travelers seeking an independent choice. As members of
Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, the hotels offer the finest in
distinctive accommodations, in addition to service and cuisine provided by
their award-winning restaurants, Hemispheres and Lai Wah Heen (Metropolitan
Toronto), Senses (SoHo Metropolitan), Diva at the Met (Metropolitan Vancouver)
and Lai Toh Heen (mid-town Toronto).

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For further information: Media Contacts: Sarah Etherden, E:, T: (416) 597-6305

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