MEET THE STAFF

EXECUTIVE CHEF

Kevin is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has worked in the industry for over 30 years. His resume is impressive – Marriott, the 1876 Inn in Eureka Springs, the Woodlands Inn and Country Club in Houston, and Ramada Renaissance in Springfield, Illinois. Chef Kevin believes that the focus of a great chef should not only on be on creating and delivering unique, quality menu items, but also giving the best possible dining experience to the every member and guest who

walks through the door.

kevin.severe@shangrilaok.com

FOOD AND BEVERAGE DIRECTOR

Raised in South Dakota, Denise began working in her grandfather’s restaurants when she was only 13 years old. She moved to Oklahoma to accept a position at Hillcrest Country Club in Bartlesville, but she has been serving customers in the Grand Lake area since 1994. Denise is one of the few Shangri-La staff members who worked at the original Shangri-La Resort. She has a broad range of experience in food and beverage at popular area facilities including Downstream Casino. She returned to
the Shangri-La operations in 2011, coordinating all food and beverage operations.

Denise and her husband Robert have four grown children and five grandchildren. They live in Fairland, Oklahoma.

denise.whitson@shangrilaok.com