The Bellevue Hotel is pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Culverwell as executive chef. In her new role, Culverwell will oversee culinary operations at XIX (Nineteen) Restaurant, which includes the Cameo Room, Pearl Room, XIX To Go, and Lounge; as well as the banquet and event experience. Chef Amy will be responsible for all menu design and food and beverage concepts, creatively using her insight, vision, and guidance to enhance the culinary philosophy at The Bellevue Hotel.
“We are thrilled to welcome Chef Amy to our team,” says Kristi Cotten-Morris, the general manager of The Bellevue Hotel. “Amy’s energy and enthusiasm for local, fresh ingredients from around the region is evident and her role as a culinary leader is vital in contributing to the culinary legacy at The Bellevue Hotel. With 25 years of fine dining and banquet experience, we can’t wait to showcase the creativity and high caliber of service Chef Amy will bring to our guests, community, meeting planners, and groups.”
Prior to joining The Bellevue Hotel, chef Culverwell served as executive sous chef at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia for 14 years. Her 25-year tenure with Hyatt also includes time as sous chef at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago in Rosemont, Illinois, and acting executive chef at the Hyatt Deerfield in Deerfield, Illinois. Before being hired by Hyatt, chef Culverwell received her certificate of chef training from the Washburne Trade School in Chicago and graduated with a degree in hospitality and tourism management from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Chef Culverwell looks forward to continuing the elegance and storied history of The Bellevue Hotel and using locally sourced ingredients to complement the inventive cuisine in the XIX dining room, which is known for its panoramic views from the 19th floor of Philadelphia’s only hotel on the National Register of Historic Places.
Now that chef Culverwell calls Philadelphia home, she is eager to explore the city’s lively, urban parks with her two beagles, Bailey and Madison.
“I feel honored to be appointed executive chef at The Bellevue Hotel,” chef Culverwell says. “I hope to continue to build the culinary program and create a unique dining experience for our guests.”