PEG Hospitality Group, the Utah-based, full-service hospitality company, announces new chef appointments to two of its popular Utah hotels. Sam Walter is named Executive Chef at Black Rock Mountain Resort’s Overlook Restaurant in Park City, Utah and Doug Gerpheide is named Chef de Cuisine at the award winning wood.ash.rye located at The Advenire, Autograph Collection Hotel, in St. George, Utah. It was announced today by PEG Hospitality, Director of Food and Beverage, and renowned Utah chef, Shon Foster.

PEG Hospitality Group Appoints New Chefs to Utah Hotels

As Executive Chef at Overlook, a new American restaurant with multi-cultural influences, Walter will oversee the day to day operations, culinary direction, menu curation and execution, and hotel events. Chef Walter was most recently at PEG Hospitality’s wood.ash.rye at The Advenire, Autograph Collection Hotel. He brings extensive hospitality and culinary experience to Black Rock Mountain Resort having spent over 15 years in Austin’s thriving culinary scene, with restaurant experience including Jeffrey’s, Otoko, Justine’s, Uchico, and Lenior working along-side world renowned chefs Tyson Cole, Paul Qui, and Yoshi Okai. Prior to joining PEG Hospitality, Walter was a Development Chef for Clark Cooper Concepts in Houston, TX. He is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Austin, Texas.


As Chef de Cuisine at wood.ash.rye, Gerpheide will oversee all food and beverage operations, including menu curation and execution, hotel & catering events, as well as room service. The award-winning restaurant, most recently awarded by Salt Lake City Magazine as ‘2023 Restaurant to Watch’, is touted for its regionally sourced ingredients used to create one-of-a-kind seasonal dishes. Gerpheide brings nearly 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry, having worked at prestigious hotels & resorts across the country. Prior to joining PEG Hospitality, Gerpheide was Executive Chef at Utah’s famed Movara Fitness Resort (as seen on NBC’s The Biggest Loser). Before moving to Utah, Gerpheide was tapped as the opening Executive Chef at The Rim Restaurant in Burleson, TX, responsible for concept and development, menu curation, and staff leadership. Prior to that, Gerpheide worked as Executive Sous Chef at Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, TX, a historic PGA tour location, overseeing daily operations, menu curation, a la carte operations, as well as managing the robust catering and banquet operations at the multi-outlet, private golf club. Chef Gerpheide is a Graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Portland, OR.


“Chef Walter and Chef Gerpheide bring an incredible array of talent, dedication and passion to PEG Hospitality Group. Under their direction and leadership, both wood.ash.rye and Overlook Restaurant will further elevate the offerings and service that has made both a top destination for locals and visitors to these popular Utah destinations,” says Shon Foster, Executive Chef and Director of Food and Beverage, PEG Hospitality.


The Advenire, Autograph Collection Hotel is managed by PEG Hospitality Group and is Utah’s second Autograph Collection Hotel. Adorned with colorful local art, craftsman furniture, and eclectic pioneer décor, The Advenire is St. George City’s first and only, full-service luxury boutique. Located in the heart of downtown’s Historic Arts District at 25 W St George Blvd, St. George, UT 84770. Providing world-class amenities, service and dining in a modern ‘pioneer-chic’ setting, The Advenire is a one-of-a-kind hotel catering to outdoor enthusiasts, leisure travelers and the local community. Featuring award winning restaurant wood.ash.rye, developed and led by Executive Chef Shon Foster & Doug Gerpheide. Dishes hint at Southern Utah’s pioneering dining roots and hearty fare. Visit for more information. Follow on Facebook and Instagram @TheAdvenireUtah @wood.ash.rye.

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Black Rock Mountain Resort is Park City’s newest mountain resort, boasting world-class amenities, luxury suites and guest rooms, chef-driven, award-winning Overlook Restaurant, and lively On the Rocks Bar. Guests of Black Rock Mountain Resort can indulge in the spectacular views of the Jordanelle Reservoir, Deer Valley, and the Wasatch Mountains while enjoying its prime location, within minutes of the Park City action. With access to a 24-hour fitness center, sauna, arcade, spa, heated pool, and lounge, guests are sure to find something for everyone, no matter the season, within the resort. Completion of Black Rock Mountain Resort’s Ballroom in the summer of 2023, will offer over 8,000 sq. ft of meeting space, designed to cater to private, corporate, and wedding events.  Visit for more information. Follow on Facebook and Instagram @blackrock_mountainresort.


PEG Hospitality Group was founded on the belief that enduring success begins with the experience delivered to the guest, fostered by the relationships built with top-quality associates and development partners. In the six-plus decades since the Pearson family founded what would eventually become PEG Hospitality, the group has grown into a leading hospitality group with a portfolio of more than 30 properties in 19 states and over 1,100 associates. As an innovative and efficiency-integrated business, PEG Hospitality counts its expertise in hotel management, investment, and development as the pillars to continued growth and equity holder satisfaction. Based in Provo, Utah and helmed by cousins Graydon Pearson and Carter Frank, PEG Hospitality manages over 3,500 keys under some of the most recognized hotel brands including those from Hilton Hotels Group, Marriott International, Hyatt Hotels, and IHG.