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Mr. Allen

Edward Allen

Executive Chef, Foxwoods Resort Casino

Executive Chef Edward Allen joined Foxwoods Resort Casino in January of 2012, overseeing the entire culinary team, including a staff of more than 500. After honing his skills at some of the world's finest properties on the east coast, including The Walt Disney World Swan in Orlando and the Westin Resort on Hilton Head Island, Mr. Allen moved into the casino industry, working in the Mid West, Las Vegas and Colorado. Chef Eddie apprenticed and developed his passion for epicurean arts in the Pacific Northwest, infusing his love for the area and his Japanese heritage into his cooking style by uniting American and European influences with the simplistic nature of Asian cuisine.

Mr. Allen can be contacted at 800-369-9663 or eallen@foxwoods.com

Coming up in July 2019...

Hotel Spa: Pursuing Distinction

The Wellness Movement continues to evolve and hotel spas continue to innovate in order to keep pace. Fueled by intense competition within the industry, hotel spas are seeking creative ways to differentiate themselves in the market. An increasing number of customers are searching for very specific, niche treatments that address their particular health concerns and, as a result, some leading spas have achieved distinction by offering only one specialized treatment. Meditation and mindfulness practices are becoming increasingly mainstream as are alternative treatments and therapies, such as Ayurvedic therapies, Reiki, energy work and salt therapy. Some spas specialize in stress management and offer lifestyle coaching sessions as part of their program.  Other spas are fully embracing new technologies as a way to differentiate themselves, such as providing wearable devices that track health and fitness biomarkers, or robots programmed with artificial intelligence to control spa environments, or virtual reality add-ons that transport guests to relaxing places around the world. Some spas have chosen to specialize in medical procedures such as liposuction, laser skin therapy, phototherapy facials, Botox and facial fillers, acupuncture and permanent hair removal, in addition to cosmetic body shaping procedures and  teeth whitening treatments. Similarly, other spas are offering comprehensive health check-ups and counseling services for those who are interested in disease prevention treatments. Finally, as hotel spas continue to become more diverse, accessible and specialized, there is a growing demand for health professionals with a specific area of expertise. There is a proliferation of top class, quality wellness practitioners who make a name for themselves by offering their services around the globe, including athletes, chefs, doctors, physical trainers and weight loss specialists. The July issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these trends and developments and examine how some hotel spas are integrating them into their operations.