Maine Office Of Tourism invites Natalie's Executive Chef Deconinck to demonstrate his talents in Washington DC

By Camden Harbour Inn | Feb 26, 2013
Photo by: Irvin Serrano Executive Chef Geoffroy Deconink representing Maine in Washington DC

CAMDEN, Maine – Natalie's award winning Executive Chef Geoffroy Deconink is invited by the Maine Office of Tourism to demonstrate his culinary talents and represent 'food destination Maine' at the nation's leading travel show in Washington DC on March 10.

At one of America's largest and most important Travel Shows, attended by tens of thousands of people browsing for their next vacation destination, Deconinck will show a captive audience how to prepare Maine Lobster with Rutabaga puree, Vanilla, Broccolini, Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash Gnocchi and Shellfish Foam. Top chefs from all over the world will showcase their talents at the travel show. The food demonstrations are presented by internationally acclaimed celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern.

The lobster dish presented by Geoffroy Deconinck is also featured on the current menu of the restaurant.

In 2011 and 2012 Deconinck was nominated among the Best New Chefs In The USA by Food and Wine Magazine (people's choice) and earlier this week Camden was ranked fifth as food town in New England partly because of Deconink's nominations and talents.

"Although perhaps a bit of a cliche to bring lobster when you represent the restaurant industry of Maine in Washington DC, I strongly feel that this is one of the finest ingredients Maine has to offer" Deconinck says. " My approach is different from most chefs and the attendees of the travel show will get a unique inside on how I work this beautiful Maine ingredient into a fine dining dish" Deconinck continues.

Both Deconinck and Raymond Brunyanszki (owner of Camden Harbour Inn and Natalie's Restaurant) are truly honored to represent Maine and it's culinary industry: "We work extremely hard to prepare beautiful food on a very high level using mostly local ingredients. In addition we offer one of world's finest lodging experiences" Brunyanszki says. " We are honored and humbled that Maine Office of Tourism approached us to represent Maine in Washington DC".

The Washington DC Travel and Adventure show is held at the Washington Convention Center on March 9 and 10.

Natalie's Tom Laslavic Best Bartender Of Maine

In the evening of March 10, Tom Laslavic, bartender at Natalie's will also represent the award winning restaurant when he competes for his title 'Best Bartender In Maine 2012', at the signature event in Portland Maine. He was also awarded best bartender of Maine in 2010 and second runner up in 2011. The Signature event and Bartenders bash is the closing event of Maine Restaurant Week 2013.

Brunyanszki says: "We have many exciting things going on that weekend, it will be a logistic challenge to support everybody representing our company. is such a pleasure to work with highly talented and motivated people!".

Natalie's offers a special 4-course Maine Restaurant Week menu for $42 including a few culinary surprises. For more information call the restaurant at 207 236 7008 or visit

About Camden Harbour Inn and Natalie’s:

The nationally acclaimed Camden Harbour Inn consistently receives praise from publications such as Departures, Travel & Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, Yankee Magazine and Dispatches for its world-class service and amenities and unparalleled views. Awarded among “51 favorite splurges in the world” bySherman’s Travel, the Inn attracts an upscale clientele who return often to experience one of New England’s most tranquil, inspired and treasured settings. 

The Inn’s on-premise restaurant, Natalie’s, has been called the finest gourmet eatery in Maine and was awarded Best French Restaurant in New England by Executive Chef Geoffroy Deconinck was nominated by Food & Winefor The People's Choice Best Chef Award in 2011 and 2012. Deconinck has cooked for politicians, musicians and Hollywood stars including the President of Iceland, John Legend, Alice Tan Ridley, Huey Lewis & The News and Baby Face.


Natalie’s offers modern French cuisine with an emphasis on Maine seafood. TheWine Spectator-honored wine list features more than 250 specialty wines. The restaurant serves a four course Lobster Tasting menu in the summer and fall, in addition to extensive a la carte offerings and a Chef’s Tasting menu.

The Inn and Natalie’s have both earned the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award and the Inn is a member of Condé Nast Johansens.

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