Bringing broad, global culinary influences to West Virginia, Casey Sanders has been appointed Executive Chef at Canaan Valley Resort.

“We are thrilled to have Casey lead our culinary program at Canaan Valley Resort,” said Sam England, resort general manager. “While he has worked in some of the most storied luxury resorts across the country and served under a Michelin Star chef in New Zealand, his West Virginia roots have led him back to us. We are excited for guests to experience the new and innovative menus he will be showcasing.”

Sanders, a graduate of the Culinary Arts School at Pierpont Culinary Academy in Fairmont, West Virginia, most recently worked under Michelin Star Chef Adam Newell as Executive Chef in his Union Square Bistro & Bar at the Martinborough Hotel, in Martinborough, New Zealand. In this role, he was responsible for managing the entire restaurant, designing menus and other duties for this acclaimed bistro featuring a blend of New Zealand and French-inspired food.

Sanders also served as Executive Chef/Manager at Newell’s Wellington City, New Zealand restaurant, Zibibbo, which featured rustic Mediterranean fare.

Prior to his work in New Zealand, Sanders worked as Executive Sous Chef at the renowned L'Auberge Del Mar Resort, just north of San Diego, California and served as Chef de Partie at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa at the base of Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona.

“I feel privileged to bring the experience I’ve gained working across the country and around the world to Canaan Valley Resort,” said Sanders. “I plan to create a destination dining environment that appeals to our local residents as well as guests visiting from near and far, and we will showcase West Virginia’s culinary bounty.”

Sanders noted that Canaan will offer separate menus in their restaurant and bar. The restaurant will feature an upscale, modern, and sophisticated offering with homemade pastas, fresh seafood from the Atlantic coast, prime meats and game prepared in innovative ways, and homemade desserts.

The bar will feature a tapas-style menu offering tasty treats, like pork belly bao buns, and other unique ‘little dishes’.

For more information, contact the resort at 1-800-622-4121 or visit the website at

Canaan Valley Resort is owned by the state of West Virginia and managed by Sioux Falls, S.D.-based U.S. Hotels and Resort Management, Inc., which operates hotels, resorts, state park lodges, golf courses and restaurants in 13 states throughout the West and Midwest.

For more information, visit the website or call 1-800-622-4121. Travelers can connect with Canaan Valley Resort on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and by signing up for special email offers and a blog.

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