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World-Traveled Culinary Expert Oliver Wolf Joins Seneca Resorts & Casinos as Executive Chef
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World-Traveled Culinary Expert Oliver Wolf Joins Seneca Resorts & Casinos as Executive Chef

Germany native brings 25+ years of experience at Marriott International properties
throughout the U.S. and Germany, as well as resorts in Bermuda and Dubai


NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – A dash of world flavor is coming to the outstanding culinary offerings at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls and Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in Buffalo. Oliver Wolf, a recognized chef in the industry with more than 25 years of experience around the globe, joins Western New York’s award-winning casino resorts as executive chef.

Wolf describes his cooking style as light cuisine that utilizes classical techniques. “My cooking philosophy is to prepare fresh, simple food that is instantly appealing,” he said. “What inspires me is seeing a food product at the market and envisioning the final outcome on the plate.”

Trained and educated in his profession in Germany, Wolf honed his skills at a number of prestigious resorts in Munich, Bavaria, Düsseldorf and Lahnstein. He gained additional national and international experience at the Chicago Downtown Marriott, the Lantana Colony Club in Bermuda and the Sheraton Dubai Hotel in the United Arab Emirates.

Wolf spent the past 14 years in executive chef roles for Marriott International properties.  Most recently, he was the executive chef for JW Desert Springs Marriott Resort and Spa in Palm Desert, Calif., where he was responsible for managing a team of nearly 190 and $23 million annually in food sales. While there, he helped successfully open the Rockwood Grill and Blue Star Lounge and was recognized as a featured chef through the James Beard Foundation. Wolf gained additional executive chef experience at Marriott properties in Philadelphia, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and Marina del Rey, Calif.

As executive culinary chef for Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino and Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino, Wolf will be responsible for ensuring that all culinary standards and practices are executed to the highest level. He will actively participate in the formation and fruition of new concepts, projects and initiatives, including menu planning and design, team development and morale, and financial performance and cost controls. Wolf will oversee nine outlets at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino – including signature dining at Western Door Steakhouse, Koi and La Cascata, as well as three outlets at Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino: Buffalo Savors Grill, BC Café and Stixx Sports Bar.

“Oliver brings experience, leadership, knowledge and professionalism to his new role as executive culinary chef,” said David Kopasz, vice president of food and beverage for Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel and Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino. “We are confident he will be a great asset to our culinary teams at our award-winning properties.”

About Seneca Gaming Corporation
Since opening Seneca Niagara Casino in 2002, Seneca Gaming Corporation has grown into one of the largest private sector employers in Western New York, with 4,000 employees at its three locations. The company operates world-class facilities offering more than 6,400 slot machines, 140 table games, 1,000 hotel rooms, a championship golf course and other related amenities. Seneca Gaming Corporation was recently selected as one of Western New York’s “Healthiest Employers” and was chosen last year as one of the region’s “Most Admired Companies” by Buffalo Business First. For more information, visit www.SenecaCasinos.com.

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