Destination Kohler Appoints Award-Winning Chef, Josh Johnson To Role of Head Pastry Chef

National Pasty Champion brings talents to Five-Star golf resort in Wisconsin

KOHLER, Wis. — August 13, 2015 — Kohler Co. is pleased to announce the appointment of lauded pastry chef Josh Johnson as Head Pastry Chef at Destination Kohler. Johnson, who started on July 6, comes to Kohler with years of culinary experience and accolades, including winning the National Pastry Championship in 2011 and the Best Dégustation and silver medal overall award at the World Pastry Championship awards in 2012. He and his team brought home the bronze medal at the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie in Lyon, France in January 2015 and most recently, served as a presenter at the 2015 Kohler Festival of Chocolate in February.

“We are thrilled to have one of the top pastry and dessert chefs in the world join our team,” said Christine Loose, General Manager-The American Club and Inn on Woodlake. “As a Forbes Five-Star hotel, we are known for our high level of excellence in all we do and adding Chef Johnson to the team is a perfect match. We are looking forward to seeing him elevate our dessert menu to new heights and further enrich our culinary offerings.”

Prior to joining Kohler, Johnson recently served as the Executive Pastry Chef at Vanille Patisserie. His passion for desserts sparked as a teenager working for his uncle in his pastry shop Ambrosia Euro-American Pâtisserie in Barrington, Ill. Johnson went on to serve as a pastry cook from 1995- 1997 at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago where he worked under Chef Sébastien Canonne, M.O.F., co-founder of and dean at The French Pastry School, as well as Chef En-Ming Hsu, World Pastry Champion. Johnson relocated to New York City in 1998 where he worked at Payard’s Pâtisserie & Bistro as a pastry cook from 1998-2000. He returned to his Midwest roots and worked as Head Pastry Chef at popular Chicago restaurant, Everest. His next venture lead him to become co-owner of Cocoa Bean Fine Desserts in Geneva, Ill., in addition to serving as an instructor at the French Pastry School of Chicago.

As Head Pastry Chef at Destination Kohler, Johnson will lead the professional teams in both the Pastry and Bread Production Kitchen. He will work closely with the head chefs at all of the Destination Kohler restaurants and banquet outlets to drive new dessert development and bread offerings. Chef Johnson will collaborate with Anette Righi DeFendi, Head Chocolatier for KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates in an effort to continue elevating the growing business.

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About Kohler Co. Hospitality & Real Estate Group
The Kohler Co. Hospitality & Real Estate profile includes The American Club, boasting the first and only Forbes Five-Star hotel property in Wisconsin, and world-renowned championship golf courses Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run. Acquired in 2004, its sister property, The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa in the birthplace of golf, St Andrews, Scotland, is a AA Five Red Star property and recognized as one of the most luxurious resorts in the world.

About Destination Kohler
The American Club, a Forbes Five-Star Recipient and the Midwest’s only AAA Five-Diamond resort-hotel, was named #3 Golf Resort in North America, by Golf Digest Magazine. The resort is one of only 48 hotels in North America with both the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond distinction. Kohler Waters Spa in Kohler, Wisconsin, is the first and only Forbes Five-Star spa in Wisconsin and one of 48 spas worldwide to hold this distinction. The resort features 12 dining establishments from the Forbes Four-Star Immigrant Restaurant to traditional pub fare at Horse & Plow and rustic Italian at Cucina. The resort is located in the Village of Kohler, Wisconsin, one hour north of Milwaukee and two and a half hours north of Chicago.

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