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Watercolor Inn's Chef De Cuisine Philip Krajeck Named "BEST CHEF: SOUTH" Semi-Finalist by James Beard Foundation Awards 2009

Santa Rosa Beach, FL – Philip Krajeck, the talented chef behind the culinary excellence of the WaterColor Inn & Resort's Fish Out of Water, has been named a "Best Chef: South" semi-finalist by the prestigious James Beard Foundation Awards 2009. The chef de cuisine's claim to fame is his menu at the AAA Four Diamond-rated restaurant, which features fresh, locally-sourced seafood and produce in Southern-inspired dishes.
"Chef Krajeck shows incredible passion for what he does," said Eric Sather, WaterColor Inn & Resort's general manager. "By working directly with the local fishermen, farmers and purveyors here in the Gulf region, he is attuned to what's available seasonally, which is reflected in his inventive dishes."

Deemed "the Oscars of the food world," by Time magazine, the James Beard Foundation Awards bestow the country's most coveted culinary honors to food and beverage professionals in North America. This year's semi-finalists were narrowed down from over 15,000 entries to 20 people for each of the 19 award categories, ranging from "Rising Star Chef of the Year" to "Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional." A 400-person judging panel, comprised of restaurant critics, food and wine editors, culinary educators and past James Beard Award recipients will select the list of winners, which will be announced in May.

This is the second consecutive year Chef Krajeck has received this distinctive recognition, adding to the growing list of accolades received by WaterColor Inn & Resort during his tenure. The Inn was named one of the U.S.'s "Top 10 Culinary Country Inns" by Bon Appétit magazine in 2008, and has been awarded AAA Four-Diamond status for the past three years. Fish Out of Water, the Inn's signature restaurant, offers an inventive menu created by Chef Krajeck featuring coastal-inspired dishes with freshly harvested local seafood and organic produce.

Passionate about exposing guests to the advantages of buying fresh, seasonal, locally-sourced and organic foods, Chef Krajeck has also created a series of "Farm Dinners" at WaterColor. Each event features local food purveyors – ranging from cheese makers to ranchers and organic farmers – who talk about their products. Discussions are followed by a delicious family-style meal featuring their foods. The next event is scheduled for Sunday, April 5.

Reservations for Fish Out of Water can be made online at http://www.watercolorresort.com/florida-gulf-coast/dining.asp, or by calling 850-534-5008.

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