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Salamander Hotels & Resorts appoints Thomas McKinney-Stehr as Executive Chef at Innisbrook Resort in Tampa Bay

Chef Thomas McKinney-Stehr
Chef Thomas McKinney-Stehr

Chef Thomas McKinney-Stehr

PALM HARBOR, FL - Salamander Hotels & Resorts has appointed Thomas McKinney-Stehr as the new Executive Chef at Innisbrook Resort, located in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. The 900-acre full-service golf and spa resort, owned by Sheila C. Johnson, offers a variety of dining in four restaurants from the casual Market Salamander Grille & Bar to the signature Packard’s Steakhouse, named after the designer of Innisbrook’s four golf courses, Larry Packard.  McKinney-Stehr will also oversee the extensive catering services the resort offers for weddings, banquets, and corporate events in three conference centers.

“We are very excited to announce the addition of Chef Thomas to our executive team, bringing with him over 30 years of expertise in the hospitality and restaurant industries, including several well-known restaurants in the Tampa Bay Area,” said Richard Staley, Innisbrook’s General Manager. “  His expertise, sense of creativity and European influences will surely heighten the dining experience throughout all areas of the resort and we welcome his talents.

McKinney-Stehr, who was born in Germany to a restaurant family, has worked in a variety of four-star and four-diamond kitchens from Germany to Italy and in the Southeastern U.S, coming most recently from the Lied Lodge & Conference Center (NE).   He has previously worked in an Executive Chef role at Wild Dunes Resort (SC), Longboat Key Club & Resort (FL), the Westin Tampa Harbour Island and Jackson’s Bar-Bistro & Sushi in Tampa.   He has also previous held chef positions at Oystercatchers and Armani’s in Tampa.  

“Food is not just a career but my passion in life from a young child,” said McKinney-Stehr.  My wife, kids and I couldn’t be more excited to return to the Tampa Bay area and to be a part of the Salamander Hotels & Resorts culinary team where I look forward to creating some amazing new menu items that our resort guests, members, and the local community will come to taste and enjoy!”

Owned by Sheila C. Johnson and managed by Salamander Hotels & Resorts, Innisbrook features 550 spacious guest suite accommodations, the luxury Indaba Spa, tennis, swimming, biking, fishing and numerous other family related activities. The resort is also a highly regarded conference and special event destination with over 100,000 square feet of meeting space in three meeting and event centers.  Innisbrook also has it’s own in-house bakery.

Innisbrook is located at 36750 U.S. Highway 19 North, Innisbrook, FL 34684. For more information, visit online at or call (727) 942-2000.


About Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort

Operated by Salamander Hotels & Resorts and owned by Sheila C. Johnson, Innisbrook is situated on 900 wooded acres of rolling hills in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area on Florida’s Gulf Coast, and is located just 30 minutes from Tampa International Airport. The resort features 72 holes of championship golf, 550 spacious guest suites and rooms, four restaurants and three bars, the Innisbrook Golf Academy, 11 tennis courts, the luxury Indaba Spa with 12 treatment rooms and state-of-the-art Fitness Center, six heated swimming pool complexes, a nature preserve, and three conference halls with 100,000 square feet of meeting space. Innisbrook hosts the annual PGA TOUR Valspar Championship presented by BB&T at its famed Copperhead Course. For additional information call 727.942.2000 or



About Salamander Hotels & Resorts

Salamander Hotels & Resorts is a privately owned and operated luxury hotel company based in Middleburg, VA, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded by entrepreneur Sheila C. Johnson in 2005, the company has a portfolio that features a collection of three stellar golf resorts including Innisbrook Resort near Tampa, Reunion Resort in Orlando and Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast; the luxurious Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, a 340-acre equestrian-inspired property near Washington, D.C.; and is developing the new Tryon Resort in Tryon, NC, and The Henderson in Destin, FL. For additional information, call (540) 687-3710 or visit


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