Benjamin Kallenbach Named Executive Pastry Chef at The

Christina Thigpen
The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge
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CHARLOTTE, NC (March 10, 2015) – The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, a Luxury Collection Hotel in
Charlotte, NC, has appointed Benjamin Kallenbach as executive pastry chef. With more than 13 years of
global culinary experience, Chef Kallenbach brings an extensive culinary skillset and fresh talent to the
role. He will oversee the hotel’s pastry team and creation of all desserts, including the dessert menus and
artisan breads served at Gallery Restaurant.
“Ben’s international background offers the ideal foundation for us to strengthen our pastry offerings, both
in terms of preparation and presentation,” said Peter Grills, general manager at The Ballantyne. “We are
excited for guests to experience what we have in store on the dessert front.”
Prior to joining The Ballantyne, Chef Kallenbach spent many years with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Company. Most recently, he was executive pastry chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. In this role,
Chef Kallenbach was responsible for managing all pastry operations for five restaurants, in room dining
and extensive banquet service and served on The Ritz-Carlton’s regional advisory board in the Caribbean
and Latin America.
In addition, Chef Kallenbach served as assistant pastry chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain. He also worked
in pastry at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation in Georgia.
Earlier in his career, Chef Kallenbach was lead pastry chef at The Renaissance Grand Hotel & Suites, a
1,000-room hotel in St. Louis, Missouri. He began his career at the prestigious Peninsula Hotel in
Chicago, during the time it was Travel & Leisure’s number one hotel in North America.
Originally from Fulton, Illinois, Chef Kallenbach took an unusual approach to a career in culinary arts,
with a brief stint studying aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan. While attending Kendall
College in Chicago, Illinois, he discovered his passion for pastry and bakery arts. Throughout his career,
Chef Kallenbach has studied with some of the world’s best pastry chefs, taking classes with the likes of
Stephane Glacier, MOF, Jean-Francois Arnaud, MOF and Jean Marie Auboine. He has also attended
courses in sugar work in Thailand and making chocolate in Switzerland. Chef Kallenbach and his family
reside in Charlotte.
About The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge
The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, part of Starwood’s The Luxury Collection, is a Forbes Four-Star and
AAA Four-Diamond award-wining hotel located in Charlotte, NC. Featuring 208 elegant guest rooms and
suites, The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge also offers a four-bedroom Cottage and a Lodge group retreat with
35 spacious guest rooms. Guests can enjoy meeting and event facilities, spa, fitness, indoor and outdoor
pools, golf, Dana Rader Golf School, tennis and dining at Gallery Restaurant. The Ballantyne Hotel &
Lodge is owned by Bissell. For information and reservations, please contact The Ballantyne Hotel &
Lodge at 866-248-4824 or visit Like The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge at or follow The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge at
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