The Omni Grove Park Inn
290 Macon Avenue
Asheville, North Carolina 28804

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A talented and unique culinary team

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William Bierlein, Executive Chef, Vanderbilt Wing

Born in Pontiac Michigan, Chef Bierlein grew up with 5 other siblings. At the age of 12 his family moved to Las Vegas where his parents opened Sunrise Café to showcase the original chef in the family, his father. At the age of 18, Chef Bierlein began with Steve Wynn during the opening of the Mirage Resort and Hotel Casino, his first opportunity to work in a 5 star resort. From a cook’s helper in 1990 to Executive Chef - Vanderbilt Wing of The Omni Grove Park Inn today, Chef Bierlein has worked diligently over the past 23 years to advance his career. Having worked with many great chefs, Chef Bierlein recalls the moment when he was handpicked by David Kallaway, a Certified Master Chef, and how it was the opportunity for his career to step to the next level. Chef takes his inspiration from a French mentor who always said to him, “You will only be as good as your tastes buds will take you. Try everything.” Chef Bierlein joined the culinary team at The Omni Grove Park Inn as the Chef de Cuisine of Banquets in the fall of 2013, rose to Executive Sous Chef in spring of 2014 and was promoted into his new role as Executive Chef – Vanderbilt Wing in June of 2015.

Tina Haldeman, Executive Pastry Chef

As executive pastry chef of The Omni Grove Park Inn, S. Tina Haldeman creates artful desserts and fresh breads for resort dining experiences including, but not limited to, Sunset Terrace, EDISON craft ales + kitchen, Vue 1913 and Blue Ridge. She also works closely with the resort’s culinary banquet team to develop sweet, handcrafted candies and pastries for onsite corporate meetings, social engagements and events.

Haldeman arrived in Asheville from the RK Group LLC in San Antonio, Texas, where she served as executive pastry chef and oversaw the creation of pastry bake products for RK managed properties including Valencia Hotels and the San Antonio Convention Center, as well as VIP events.

Previously, Haldeman served as an executive pastry chef with various hotel and resort properties across the country, including JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, The Inn at Palmetto Bluff Resort, Hotel Hershey, and Horseshoe Casino & Gaming Corporation. She also spent six years as an assistant executive pastry chef for Sea Island Resorts’ The Cloister Hotel. Haldeman began her career as a restaurant pastry chef at The Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee, where she served under master chef Jose Gutierrez.

Haldeman has received an array of specialized culinary training over the years and is a graduate of Scottsdale Culinary Institute, a Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy. Haldeman has also appeared on the Food Network Cake Challenge and cooked for the G-8 Summit, serving 8 world leaders and their family members.

James Lumley, Chef de Cuisine, Blue Ridge

As Chef de Cuisine at Blue Ridge, James Lumley continues the tradition of developing innovative classic American cuisine using fresh ingredients acquired from local producers throughout Western North Carolina. Originally from Melbourne, Florida, Lumley began his career in hospitality working as a restaurant dishwasher. By the time he completed high school, he had worked his way through every level of restaurant operations. Following graduation from Johnson and Wales University in Miami, he joined The Ritz-Carlton, Naples Golf Resort as a culinary intern in 2002. Moving steadily through the ranks, Lumley became a trainer in the resort's culinary division and supervisor of the 4-star/4-diamond Italian restaurant Lemonia, the Bella Vista Lounge and In-Room Dining. After rising to Sous Chef of Lemonia, Lumley joined Naples Beach Resort becoming Chef at the Poolside Café as well as Food and Safety Trainer. Chef Lumley joined The Omni Grove Park Inn August 2013 as Chef de Cuisine of Vue 1913 and was promoted to Chef de Cuisine of Blue Ridge in September 2016. Additionally, Lumley currently oversees the culinary components of In-Room Dining, the Marketplace, the Club Floor, and the seasonal Pool Cabana.

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