logo Jennifer McCullough
Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa and Convention Center
415 N. State Hwy. 265
Branson, MO   65616

BRANSON, Mo., ― Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa and Convention Center today welcomes back Doug Knopp as Executive Chef of Branson, Missouri’s only AAA Four-Diamond resort. Knopp previously held the position from 1999 to 2000.

Knopp’s career spans 20 years leading the culinary teams of AAA Four- and Five-Diamond properties, including 11 years at the Four Seasons Hotels in Toronto, Houston, Vancouver, and on Nevis Island in the Caribbean. Knopp’s work has been featured in Southern Living magazine and in Hemispheres, United’s in-flight magazine.

During his tenure as executive chef at the University of Virginia’s Boar’s Head Inn, the AAA Four-Diamond property received the Virginia Wine Restaurant of the Year Award, along with several awards and distinctions from Wine Spectator magazine.

In 2001, Knopp became the opening executive chef for the Westin St. Louis, a $75 million, 255-room luxury hotel. During his four-year term at the Westin, the hotel received AAA’s Four-Diamond Award both years.

Stephen Marshall, vice president and general manager of the 301-room Chateau on Table Rock Lake, said he is delighted about Knopp’s return. “His commitment to providing outstanding quality and service will ensure that guests of the Chateau continue to receive world-class gourmet dining and convention banquet services,” Marshall said.

The Chateau, under Knopp’s culinary leadership in 2000, hosted a Miss USA Pageant VVVIP stationed dinner for 2,200 attendees including Donald Trump, pageant contestants, judges, and dignified guests.

“The Miss USA event at the Chateau is by far my most memorable career experience,” Knopp said. “I’m looking forward to hosting many other large-scale events such as this at the Chateau in the coming years.”

The originator of the Chateau’s Vintner Dinner Series and the Chef’s Table cooking demonstrations, Knopp said he plans to continue hosting intimate and interactive events as well, to give guests the opportunity to sample fine wines and learn gourmet-cooking techniques.

Knopp began his duties at the Chateau on April 21, 2008 and will oversee a culinary team of 30 for banquets and at the Chateau’s five restaurants and lounges, including the 150-seat Chateau Grille, recipient of Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence.

To contact Executive Chef Doug Knopp directly, call (417) 334-1161 or via email at [email protected]

Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa and Convention Center

Located five miles from Branson’s entertainment center, high atop a mountain overlooking Table Rock Lake, Chateau on the Lake features 301 graciously appointed rooms and suites that offer luxurious amenities. Balconies with spectacular views of the lake, resort marina and bounteous gardens enhance guest accommodations. The property’s 43,500 square feet of meeting space makes Chateau on the Lake the largest hotel convention facility in Branson, and the newly opened 14,000-square-foot Spa Chateau offers one-of-a-kind therapeutic massages, rejuvenating body and facial treatments and other fitness & wellness packages for any occasion. Chateau on the Lake is owned and managed by Springfield, Missouri-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts.


To make a hotel reservation or to book a group function, call 1-888-33-LAKE (5253), contact your travel agent or visit the hotel’s website at www.chateauonthelake.com. The resort can also be booked under the following GDS codes: Amadeus LM SGF396, Galileo LM 83422, Sabre LM 35627 and Worldspan LM 02396.

John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts

John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts is the nation’s leading independent builder, developer, owner and manager of upscale, full-service hotels, resorts and suites, including: Embassy Suites Hotels, Renaissance, Marriott, Radisson, Residence Inn, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Holiday Inn and Courtyard by Marriott brands. With 76 hotels strategically located near demand generators, such as state capitals, universities, airports, corporate headquarters or office parks in secondary and tertiary markets, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts’ properties are dominant in their markets. Over the course of his impressive career in the hotel business, Mr. Hammons has developed 199 hotels. For more information about John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, please visit the company’s website at www.jqhhotels.com.

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