Dolce Hotels and Resorts by Wyndham Launches New ‘Due by Dolce’ Biscotti Amenity with Star-Studded Bake-Off Competition in London
Winning biscotti recipe will be offered as a signature amenity in participating hotels and conference centers around the world
London, UK, May 28, 2019 – Dolce Hotels and Resorts by Wyndham – an upper-upscale hotel brand redefining modern meetings and events, and part of the Wyndham Hotels & Resorts portfolio – today announced the launch of Due by Dolce, a signature biscotti hand-crafted by Dolce’s expert chefs from a recipe chosen following a star-studded global bake-off competition.
Due by Dolce brings the brand’s artistic and culinary essence to life through creativity and craftsmanship. Aptly named as a nod to both the confection’s Italian roots (“dolce” means “sweet” in Italian) and the twice-baked process (“due” is the word for “two” in Italian), the biscotti will always be served as a pair, because just one of the delicious confections is never enough. Guests can enjoy them at Dolce locations around the world – including in such awe-inspiring destinations as the Greek seaside, the mountains of Colorado, or the hills of Provence – as they savor the little moments on their trip, from the minute they check-in, to their afternoon espresso or evening glass of Vin Santo.
The winning recipe was selected following a brand-wide culinary competition which culminated in a final bake-off on May 23rd at the Waitrose Cookery School in historic King’s Cross, London. Former contestants of The Great British Bake Off, Benjamina Ebuehi and Selasi Gbormittah, were on hand to coach, mentor and support two teams throughout the baking process as two finalist chefs, Chef Aleece Alexander of Dolce Aspen Meadows Resort and Chef Adrien Clauwaert of Dolce by Wyndham La Hulpe Brussels, went head-to-head to determine the ultimate winning recipe.
Chef Aleece Alexander of Dolce Aspen Meadows Resort was selected as the winner, for her innovative recipe of pistachio, apricot and cranberry biscotti.
The bake-off was judged by a panel of industry experts who evaluated taste, texture, presentation and creativity to crown the winning recipe. The judging panel included: Jessica Gunn, editor of Waitrose Magazine; Meike Back, Cookery Director of Good Housekeeping; and Giovanni Belli, President of Assocantuccini, the Association of Producers of Cantuccini Toscani (the traditional Italian biscuit which has become internationally known as biscotti) from Italy.
The winning chef, Chef Alexander of Dolce Aspen Meadows Resort, commented, “I am immensely proud and excited by this fantastic achievement. Just like Dolce by Wyndham’s culinary identity, biscotti are products of excellence and craftsmanship and we created a recipe with passion and dedication to ensure it would really give a taste of the artistry, craft and inspiration that you experience at our hotels. We are thrilled our recipe was crowned as the winner of this exhilarating bake-off and we are looking forward to bringing our signature biscotti to our guests all around the world.”
Mark Kukulski, President, Wyndham Hotel Management said: “Dolce Hotels and Resorts by Wyndham is designed to inspire creativity, and what better to inspire our guests around the globe than a tasty treat such as biscotti? This bake-off truly showcased the talent and artistry across our Dolce by Wyndham culinary teams. We are thrilled to introduce Chef Alexander’s recipe to our guests around the world as a signature amenity they can only find at Dolce hotels, reminding them that wherever their destination, they should stop and savour every moment.”
Inspirational environments foster big ideas. That’s the philosophy behind Dolce Hotels and Resorts by Wyndham®. A curated collection of unique destinations, Dolce redefines modern meetings using creative spaces, state-of-the-art technology, nourishing food and beverage programmes and inspired activities. From Napa Valley to Provence, Dolce’s breathtaking locations provide the backdrop to incredible travel experiences, whether in a meeting or relaxing at its award-winning golf courses, rejuvenating spas and nearby world-famous wineries. Follow @dolcehotels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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