Theodore Iwachiw has been appointed executive chef at Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, PA. In this role he’ll lead all food and beverage operations on property. Most recently, Iwachiw led the opening of Live! Casino and Hotel in Philadelphia, where he oversaw daily operations of three restaurants, the food court, banquets, and room service. Since earning his culinary degree in 1992, Iwachiw has held numerous positions across the country, including executive chef for Loews Hotels in Philadelphia, New Orleans and Orlando; executive sous chef at the Atlantis Resort, Bahamas; executive chef for Wolfgang Puck Catering, and regional executive chef for Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse.    

 

“Valley Forge Casino Resort is excited to welcome Theodore to our team,” says Ron Bailey, general manager of the property. “Food and beverage is a vital component in keeping our existing customers onsite and enticing new guests to visit our property, and we’re thrilled to bring on a seasoned professional to revamp our offerings and help to provide a well-rounded guest experience.” 

 

Chef Iwachiw will focus on recruiting top tier talent to join the staff at Valley Forge Casino Resort. He’s also tasked with revamping the multitude of food and beverage operations the resort, including the enhancement of wedding menu options, the creation of a new menu at the resort’s signature steakhouse concept, Revolution Chophouse, and a refresh of the casual sports bar concept, Valley Tavern. Iwachiw also anticipates modify Valley Forge Casino Resort’s food court offerings, potentially introducing a new concept into the mix. 

 

“I’m so happy to join the team at Valley Forge Casino Resort,” Iwachiw says. “The culinary industry is something that has always been my passion, and I’m excited to apply the knowledge and skills I’ve acquired throughout the years to make the food and beverage programming at the property the best that it can be.” 

 

The region’s only full-amenity gaming resort, Valley Forge Casino Resort features a 36,000 square-foot gaming floor, over 25,000 square feet of meeting, conference and banquet facilities, and two luxury hotel towers with 442 rooms. 

After a nationwide search that began in May, Andrew Ortale has been named chief sales officer for VisitPITTSBURGH.  Ortale’s appointment makes a return to Pittsburgh for the seasoned industry veteran who has more than 20 years of domestic and international event experience. He previously served as national sales director for VisitPITTSBURGH before taking on a senior sales position with Visit Orlando.

 

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to kassidy.tarala@tigeroak.com.

Ross Fatemi was recently appointed the new director of sales & marketing of Arthouse.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role?

 

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to kassidy.tarala@tigeroak.com.

Barbara Christoph was recently hired as the new general manager of Arthouse Hotel

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role?