Industry Update
Appointment27 March 2013

John Herdman

Appointed Executive Chef
At Hotel Contessa in San Antonio - TX, USA

John HerdmanBenchmark Hospitality International, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, has appointed John Herdman executive chef for Hotel Contessa. Les Utley, general manager for the hotel, a Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property located on the famed Riverwalk in San Antonio, made the announcement. John Herdman was previously fine dining sous chef for the highly-acclaimed Inn at Palmetto Bluff, located in Bluffton, South Carolina. Mr. Herdman has also served as sous chef for the Westin La Cantera in San Antonio, where he participated on company task forces for resorts that later were awarded Five Stars and Five Diamonds. Chef Herdman has been honored with the opportunity to cook at the James Beard House in New York City as part of a culinary team of professionals. He is a graduate of Johnson and Wales’ inaugural class in Charlotte, North Carolina. Herdman earned his Bachelor’s degree in Art from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He has relocated to San Antonio.


BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, is a trailblazer in the development, management, marketing and owner-advisory services of resorts, hotels, conference centers and exclusive private clubs. In addition to the company’s established, iconic Benchmark Resorts & Hotels portfolio, the newly-branded Gemstone Collection is a distinctive luxury portfolio of independent hotels & resorts in highly select and preferred destinations.
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