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Press Release – June 16, 2011

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Lodge on the Desert Executive Chef Ryan Clark
Defends One Iron Chef Title, Seeks Two More

Executive Chef Ryan Clark

TUCSON, Ariz. – (June 16, 2011) – With his sleeves rolled up, knives sharpened and mind prepared for battle, Executive Chef Ryan Clark of Lodge on the Desert, in Tucson, is ready to compete at three upcoming Iron Chef-like cooking competitions.

Clark currently holds the two-time title of defending champion and is hoping for his third victory as the winner of the Tucson Meet Yourself competition in October. He is also competing in the Copper Chef Challenge, also in October, and Iron Chef Tucson on June 26th. Clark is the only Tucson chef competing in all three events this year.

“Ryan is an incredibly talented chef with a great passion for food,” said Frank Rodriguez, general manager of Lodge on the Desert. “Tucsonans are sure to enjoy watching Ryan square off with other top chefs at these fun kitchen battles.”

Clark is passionate about farm-to-table cuisine and the slow food movement, and consistently showcases his culinary vision and expertise at the Lodge. Clark, a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, has previous experience in the kitchens of The Dish Bistro, Canyon Ranch and Fuego in Tucson, as well as Sanctuary Resort in Paradise Valley, Ariz.

For more information about Lodge on the Desert or Executive Chef Ryan Clark, visit or call (520) 320-2000.

About Lodge on the Desert
Originally a family residence, Lodge on the Desert first opened for business in 1936. Following a $15 million renovation and expansion, this 104-room boutique hotel situated on five acres in mid-town Tucson, Ariz., appeals to leisure and business travelers alike. Plus with event spaces for up to 150 guests, Lodge on the Desert is popular for small meetings and intimate social gatherings. Lodge on the Desert is located at 306 North Alvernon Road, just north of Broadway Boulevard, near to The University of Arizona, University Medical Center, Reid Park and Tucson International Airport. For reservations, call toll-free (877) 498-6776. Contact Lodge on the Desert directly at (520) 320-2000 or visit

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, visit


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