Press Release – May 3, 2012
H5O bistro & bar WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF
New Zealand Native Ron Baker Takes Lead of Downtown Portland, Ore. Restaurant
Courtesy H5O bistro & bar
PORTLAND, Ore. – (May 3, 2012) - Downtown Portland’s H5O bistro & bar announces the hiring of Ron Baker as executive chef of the urban contemporary restaurant. Baker brings more than 15 years of professional culinary experience, including executive chef positions in various restaurants and catering companies throughout the Pacific Northwest.
“As a foodie town, Portland offers a very competitive culinary scene and with Ron’s direction and experience, we look forward to the continued growth and development of the restaurant,” said Terry Hanley, general manager of Hotel Fifty. “His experience in the kitchen, combined with his enthusiasm for preparing, plating and presenting exquisite cuisine make him a great asset to our team.”
Seeking to introduce Portlanders and other foodies to the downtown restaurant, Baker’s vision for the downtown Portland restaurant is to combine locally farmed ingredients with flavors and textures influenced by his years of travel around the world, while maintaining the “urban contemporary” feel of H5O bistro & bar.
Most recently, Baker was the Executive Chef of Devil’s Food Catering in Portland, Ore., where he was responsible for managing and training kitchen staff, overseeing purchasing, menu development and sales meetings. Additionally, he grew organic herbs and produce used on the menus and provided client services including menu tastings, recipe development and class instruction.
Baker studied at Christchurch Technical Culinary Institude in New Zealand and brings experience from kitchens including the Oregon Club in West Lynn, Ore.; Red Star Tavern and Food in Bloom in Portland, Ore.; Rondevous Restaurant in Falls City, Idaho; Patina in Hollywood; Fleur de Vin in Pasadena, Calif. and Pascal’s in Newport Beach, Calif.
H5O bistro & bar is located inside Hotel Fifty in downtown Portland, directly across from Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The urban contemporary restaurant opened in 2008 and has been recognized as one of Portland’s “Best Scenic View” restaurants on the OpenTable.com® Diners’ Choice list.
For more information about H5O bistro & bar, visit http://www.h5obistro.com or call (503) 484-1415.
About H5O bistro & bar
H5O bistro & bar, voted one of Portland’s Best Scenic View restaurants on the OpenTable.com® Diners’ Choice list, is located along the scenic Willamette River in downtown Portland, Ore., and features cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Ron Baker. H5O bistro & bar boasts a welcoming, earth-tone interior that showcases its beautiful Northwest setting with wall-length windows overlooking the popular Tom McCall Waterfront Park and several famous Portland bridges and waterways. H5O bistro & bar is inside Hotel Fifty at 50 Southwest Morrison Street. For more information please visit http://www.H5Obistro.com or call (503) 484-1415.
About Coastal Hotel Group
Coastal Hotel Group is a privately held, Seattle-based hotel hospitality management company specializing in distinctive luxury hotels, resorts, inns, and lodges. Established in 1987, Coastal Hotel Group has earned a reputation for providing remarkable lodging choices for the discerning traveler. Coastal Hotel Group is a founding member of Stash Hotel RewardsTM, a point-based program that allows guests at independent hotels across the country to quickly earn free nights at any participating property. For more information about Coastal Hotel Group, visithttp://www.CoastalHotels.com.