Thursday, June 22, 2017

Brunelle gets top chef post at Gideon Putnam Hotel

Luca Brunelle
The much-traveled Derek "Luca" Brunelle has been named executive chef at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs.

Brunelle has a broad range of local kitchens on his resume, most prominent among them including Brown's Brewing in Troy , Nicole's and Jack's Oyster House in Albany, Reel Seafood Company in Colonie, and Cornells in Schenectady.

Brunelle is a native of Colonie who graduated from the Culinary Institute of America after studying finance at the University at Albany. It was at UAlbany, during a "Godfather" phase he and some campus buddies went through, that he picked up the nickname "Luca" from the Luca Brasi character.

The Gideon Putnam Hotel is owned by the state and operated by Delaware North Cos. Parks & Resorts of Buffalo. It offers dining option in Putnam 's Restaurant and Bar and on Putnam's Patio. It is located at 24 Gideon Putnam Road in the Saratoga Spa State Park. Phone: (866) 890-1171.
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