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The Dining Room at Woodlands appoints Nathan Whiting

Young chef to continue restaurant’s tradition as breeding ground for culinary excellence

SUMMERVILLE, SC – The Dining Room at Woodlands, South Carolina’s only Mobil Five Star and AAA Five Diamond restaurant, today appointed Nathan Whiting as its new executive chef.

Whiting, who has worked as the restaurant’s sous chef for the past four years, will continue Woodlands’ tradition of appointing talented young chefs to a position of prominence within the culinary industry.

“We are extremely excited about Nathan’s elevation,” says Prem Devadas, president of Salamander Hospitality, the company which owns Woodlands. “He’s talented, passionate and a superb chef. We are lucky to have him at Charleston’s dining destination.”

Woodlands Inn is one of only three properties in North America to hold the Mobil Five Star and AAA Five Diamond ratings for both accommodations and dining.

Whiting previously worked at the acclaimed Peninsula Grill in Charleston, SC, under Chef Bob Carter. A graduate of Johnson and Wales University, Whiting has also staged (interned) at the Inn at Little Washington, VA; and Maestro, Washington, D.C.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to produce the type of New American cuisine for which Woodlands has become renowned,” says Whiting. “Woodlands offers such a special dining experience, one that is unique in the South.”

Whiting replaces Tarver King, who is moving to work for Hilltoppers restaurant in Northern Virginia, the area from which his family originally hails.

“Nate is a fabulous choice to continue the level of excellence that has long been established at Woodlands,” says King. “He is an aspiring young chef with fabulous talent and an incredible passion for what he does.”

For more information about Woodlands, or to make dining reservations, call (800) 774-9999 or visit  

About Woodlands Inn

Located in the charming village of Summerville and just a short drive from historic Charleston, SC, Woodlands Inn is an immaculately restored 1906 classic revival mansion set amidst 42 acres of parkland grounds. It is one of only three properties in North America to hold the Mobil Five Star and AAA Five Diamond ratings for both its accommodations and dining room. In 2008, it was also ranked by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine as number one in the US and Canada for service, and number three worldwide. The resort features 18 guest rooms and suites, a country guest cottage, a day spa, croquet lawn, red-clay tennis courts, a temperature-controlled swimming pool, unique meeting facilities, and golf privileges at nearby area courses. The Dining Room at Woodlands is widely known for its innovative and sophisticated version of New American Cuisine and the use of fresh local foods to create a nightly menu with a Lowcountry influence. Woodlands is a member of the prestigious global organization, Relais & Chateaux, and maintains the organization’s culinary distinction, Relais Gourmands. For more information call (800) 774-9999 or visit

About Salamander Hospitality

Woodlands Inn is owned and managed by Salamander Hospitality, a privately owned and operated company based in Middleburg, VA, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded by entrepreneur Sheila C. Johnson in 2005, the company owns, manages and develops hotels, resorts and inns that reflect the authenticity and character of their surrounding environment. The portfolio includes Innisbrook Golf Resort and Club near Tampa, Fla., and the luxurious Salamander Resort & Spa, located in Middleburg and scheduled to open in spring 2010. The company also owns and operates a division of gourmet prepared food markets called Market Salamander with locations in Middleburg and Palm Beach, FL, and Salamander Touch, a fine goods and linen store in Middleburg for the luxury resort lifestyle. For additional information, call (540) 687-3710 or visit

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