Press Release

New Chef de Cuisine Carries on in Tradition
of Fresh, Seasonally Inspired Menus
at A.R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines®

November 2005

SAN DIEGO, California (October 2005) - The Lodge at Torrey Pines® is pleased to announce the advancement of Tim Kolanko to Chef de Cuisine at A. R. Valentien, the signature restaurant of the renowned Five Diamond San Diego hotel.

Kolanko, who has served as Sous Chef at the restaurant since October of 2003, steps in to the position being vacated by departing Chef de Cuisine Timothy Au. Kolanko joined the staff of A. R. Valentien upon the opening of The Lodge in 2002. His culinary lineage includes two winners of the Food and Wine Best New Chef award, Charles Dale at Renaissance in Aspen, CO, and Stuart Brioza of Tapawingo in Ellsworth, MI and Rubicon in San Francisco.

"Tim brings an intellect, passion and philosophical approach to his craft that will enable A.R. Valentien to take the next step in our pursuit to provide cooking based on sound craftsmanship, honest flavors and integrity of ingredients," says Executive Chef Jeff Jackson.

Under Jeff Jackson and Timothy Au, Kolanko has served in every aspect of the operation of the restaurant, and carries forward the tradition of imaginative preparation of fresh seasonal foods from premium local farms and artisan producers.

Au recently accepted the position of Executive Chef at The Mayflower Inn, a Five Star, Five Diamond Relais & Chateaux country hotel in Washington, Connecticut. During the past four years, Au has earned high praise for A. R. Valentien with inspired menus that showcase premium fresh ingredients from each season.

The Lodge at Torrey Pines® is owned and operated by Evans Hotels, San Diego, and is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. For reservations call 888-826-0224, or for further information contact Steve Pelzer at (858) 777-6706,, or visit