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


Introducing the chefs behind our unique, regionally inspired cuisine
Chef Frederick Isla

Frederick Isla


Frederick brings a wealth of international experience to his role at The Omni Homestead Resort. Born in the Philippines, he was raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where he completed his culinary degree at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). He earned pastry certifications in France and has trained with numerous chefs around the world. He began his culinary career at the Edmonton Convention Center before moving to Chateau Lake Louise. Much of his career has been in Las Vegas where he worked as a pastry cook/baker at the Rio Hotel, Paris Las Vegas and Cosmopolitan. As his expertise grew, he moved into the role of pastry chef for the Hard Rock, Caesar’s Palace, Paris Las Vegas, Ritz-Carlton and Mandarin Oriental. Frederick has earned multiple gold medals in regional, national, and international competitions including the IKA Culinary Olympics in Germany and the World Culinary Championship in Scotland. Known as Chef Froggie to his Food Network competitors, he has won top honors on several shows including Cake Wars, Chopped, Christmas Cake Wars and Hayride of Horror.

Paul Wedekind


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.