The Omni Homestead Resort
7696 Sam Snead Highway
Hot Springs, Virginia 24445


Introducing the chefs behind our unique, regionally inspired cuisine

Todd Owen


Todd joined The Omni Homestead family in 2019 as executive sous chef. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Todd’s culinary career spans more than 20 years. Todd began his professional career at The Cloister at Sea Island where he spent five years working with renowned chocolatiers. He then went to L’Auberge Provencal in northern Virginia before being named the assistant pastry chef at The Greenbrier in West Virginia. Todd later accepted the position of executive pastry chef for the Old Edwards Inn and Spa and then at The Omni Grove Park Inn, both in North Carolina. During his tenure at Belterra Park Gaming in Cincinnati, Ohio, he expanded his culinary skills and was promoted from executive pastry chef to executive sous chef. From there, he went to Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts as executive chef.

Paul Wedekind

Chef de Cuisine

As The Homestead’s chef de cuisine, Paul oversees the overall concept, vision and execution of Jefferson’s Restaurant and Taproom, Woody’s and Allegheny Springs Grill. He began his Homestead career as a cook in 2005 and has held numerous positions since then. Most recently, Paul served as the senior banquet sous chef and kitchen supervisor. Paul is a valuable asset to our culinary team, and we are honored to have him as a leader on our food and beverage team.

Gelyn Widelski

Executive Pastry Chef

Gelyn Widelski joined The Homestead family in February 2019 as pastry sous chef and was promoted to executive pastry chef in 2021. She is a skilled pastry professional and brings extensive experience from around Asia to her role at The Homestead. Her career has included numerous upscale, high-volume, fine dining locations such as Burj Al Arab in Dubai and City of Dreams Manila – Integrated Resort, Hotel & Casino in the Philippines. She was also part of the opening team at Galaxy Macau, a luxury resort and casino complex in China which encompassed a JW Marriott, Banyan Tree, Okura and Ritz-Carlton.

Gelyn earned a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts from the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde in the Philippines. Throughout her career in Asia, she successfully competed in pastry competitions winning silver, gold and bronze medals in Dubai, Macau, and Hong Kong.