Hotel Hero: Chris Bilgera, Executive Chef

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The VFTCB recognizes Chris Bilgera, Executive Chef at Hilton Garden Inn at Valley Forge, as this week’s Hotel Hero. Image via the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board.

The Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board recognizes Chris Bilgera, Executive Chef at Hilton Garden Inn at Valley Forge/Oaks, as this week’s Hotel Hero.

Nominated by Area Director of Corporate Sales Lindsay Asher, Bilgera started with the hotel when the property first opened in 2012. He worked his way up within the food and beverage operations, and now runs the entire department.

While Bilgera works out of the Valley Forge/Oaks property, he also ensures hosted catered events happen at any of the hotel’s other properties.

“He has put in countless hours to stay up-to-date working on alternate ways of creating revenue,” said Asher. “From themed meetings or parties, to client events and more, Chef’s creativity has risen the bar for unique approaches with trend-setting touches that has continued to amaze our clients and guests for many years!”

Bilgera and his team’s efforts have also bridged a gap they didn’t know existed, and created a way to streamline the sales team’s approach with the additional benefit of lifting operational impact at limited service hotels that otherwise wouldn’t be able to host the same types of superior events, or “experiences,” for groups and guests.

“Facilitating this between different properties, and operational teams, has been an accomplishment that you cannot put a price on,” Asher said. And, despite the daunting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the hospitality industry, Bilgera has remained positive.

“Our guests, staff, management, and ownership are eternally grateful to have an absolute ROCKSTAR like Chef Chris!”

The VFTCB honors a hotel staff member each week for their hard-working hospitality specifically during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more about the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board’s Hotel Heroes here.

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