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Executive Chef a Culinary Creations Finalist

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 03, 2011

Executive Chef a Culinary Creations Finalist

Erick Neuharth to compete in Premier Food Service Forum

June 02, 2011 (St. Helena, CA)—St. Helena Hospital proudly announces Executive Chef, Erick Neuharth, as a Culinary Creations Contest finalist. He will compete in the Premier Food Service Forum from June 13 to 17 in Nashville TN at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center. His recipe for Orange Ginger Flan will be prepared and served along with the other contestants' recipes at a dinner on Wednesday, June 15, 6:00 to 9:00. After a vote, the winner will be announced.

Neuharth's qualifying Orange Ginger Flan recipe won out over more than 60 other chefs' recipes. Another of Neuharth's recipes, Rocky Road Raspberry Pie, placed in the top 11. In 2009 Erick won the contest with his savory Roasted Red Pepper Lasagna Roulade.

"It's an honor to be chosen as one of the finalists," said Neuharth, whose talents have consistently kept him in the top ten the last five years and the top five three out of those five years. The prize? "Bragging rights and a nice trophy," said Neuharth.

The four day convention gives participants opportunities to meet vendors, attend meetings, participate in breakout groups, meet other chefs and finally attend the awards dinner. Other chefs prepare all the finalists' recipes, which are then presented to the crowd over dinner, after which everyone votes for their favorite.

Premier serves more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals and more than 73,000 other healthcare sites. The company's 200 hospitals and health systems create and own the Premier alliance. They work together to achieve Premier's mission "to improve the health of communities.”

About St. Helena Hospital: With its many innovative wellness programs and other top quality healthcare services, including the Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center and Coon Joint Replacement Institute, St. Helena Hospital is one of the nation’s premier healthcare destinations. The Napa Valley based hospital serves its local communities with comprehensive medical care, including cancer, cardiovascular and behavioral health.