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Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Welcome Top Chef Texas Season 9 Finalists

Publish Date: 13-Mar-2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Vancouver and Whistler BC, March 13, 2012 – The Fairmont Chateau Whistler and The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver were honored to be the home base of the Emmy award winning Top Chef Texas: Season 9 for the three finale episodes.

Four final contestants including Paul Qui, Beverly Kim, Lindsay Autry and Sarah Grueneberg, made their way up the Sea to Sky Highway to compete to be in one of three Top Chef spots. While in Whistler cheftestants participated in some unique cooking and culinary challenges including a cook off in the world famous Peak 2 Peak gondola spanning Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain and a biathlon competition at the Callaghan Olympic Park. After a long day of cooking, the finalists celebrated the day with a glass of bubbles around the Mallard Lounge and Terrace outdoor fire pits. These same fire pits were also featured on the 2009 Bachelorette finale episode.

Following the elimination round in Whistler, the final three contenders packed their bags and bid adieu to the winter wonderland and set out for Vancouver. Their home for the final two episodes was Vancouver’s Castle in the City, The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Filming over the penultimate and finale episodes featured locations which included the hotels three bed roomed Executive suite which hosted the cheftestants, the hotel’s 900 West Lounge and the luxurious Lt. Governor suite as well as exterior shots of the iconic landmark.

Now it’s your chance to experience the spectacular scenery and some of the hottest culinary talent in the world. Tourism Whistler, Tourism Vancouver & Fairmont Hotels & Resorts invite you to eat, sleep and play like a Top Chef! Enter for a chance to win a trip for two to Vancouver and Whistler, and experience the ultimate Top Chef Getaway.

The prize package includes:
•Roundtrip airfare for two from any major airport in North America
•Two nights' accommodation in a deluxe room category, courtesy of The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.
•Private culinary tour of Granville Island Public Market.
•$150 gift card to be used at COAST or Black+Blue, two of Vancouver's hottest restaurants, courtesy of The Glowbal Collection.
•Two nights' accommodation in a deluxe suite, courtesy of The Fairmont Chateau Whistler.
•Biathlon Experience courtesy of Whistler Sport Legacies.
•Two 1-day lift tickets for Whistler Blackcomb ticket with a lunch certificate at Christine's on Blackcomb, courtesy of Whistler Blackcomb.
•$100 dinner certificate at an award-winning restaurant in Whistler.
•Roundtrip ground transportation from Vancouver to Whistler.

About Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, which will arrive in destinations as diverse as Jaipur, Kyiv and Manila in 2012, is a celebrated collection of more than 60 luxury properties around the globe, including Shanghai's Fairmont Peace Hotel, The Plaza in New York, and Makkah Clock Royal Tower in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The luxury brand's distinctive hotels offer a sense of heritage and sophistication, warm, engaging service and culturally rich experiences. A community and environmental leader, Fairmont is also recognized internationally for its responsible tourism practices and award-winning Green Partnership program. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Holdings Limited, a leading global hotel company with over 100 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel branded luxury private residences club, whole-ownership residences and serviced residences properties.  For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit

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