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Chef Michael Fiorelli of mar’sel Wins About.com 2012 Readers' Choice Award for Favorite Los Angeles Chef

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA---April 3, 2012

Terranea Resort today announced that Chef Michael Fiorelli of mar'sel has been selected as the About.com 2012 Readers' Choice Award for Favorite Los Angeles Chef. Now in its fifth year, the About.com Readers' Choice Awards honor the best products, features and services across dozens of categories, ranging from travel to technology to parenting and more, as selected by its readers.

"This year's Readers' Choice Awards program had a record number of nominations submitted across dozens of categories and featured hundreds of finalists," said Margot Weiss, managing editor, About.com. "We are thankful to all our readers for their participation and congratulate Chef Michael Fiorelli on his success."

Fiorelli’s modern interpretation of a classic, California-inspired menu that utilizes local, seasonal ingredients delivers mouthwatering results and his colorful dishes, refreshing presentations and strict attention to detail impress even the most sophisticated palate.  According to Fiorelli, whose inspiration comes from farmers who dedicate their lives to respecting the earth and local communities, a great dish “starts with the freshest seasonal ingredients.”  When asked his favorite food, Fiorelli says salt. “My whole cooking philosophy stems from the idea that that great food needs two things: love and salt.”

mar’sel, the signature restaurant at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, offers guests California cuisine served in a picturesque seaside setting. The name mar’sel is derived from the Spanish terms for sea, mar, and French for salt, sel. For additional information, please visit www.mar-sel.com or call 310.265.2780.

About Terranea Resort:

Terranea, L.A.’s Oceanfront Resort, is magnificently poised above the Pacific Ocean on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and located 20 miles south of Los Angeles International Airport. Terranea Resort is owned by a joint venture comprised of Lowe Enterprises and JC Resorts and managed by Destination® Hotels & Resorts. The property boasts 582 rooms including a 360-room hotel with 32 suites, and 20 bungalows and features 50 oceanfront three-bedroom casitas and 32 ocean view three-bedroom villas, offering a residential setting with rental or Resort real estate opportunities for guests to purchase a second home. Resort amenities include The Links at Terranea, a nine-hole par three golf course; The Spa at Terranea, a 50,000 square-foot oceanfront spa, fitness center and Café; and three unique swimming pools, one with children’s play area and a 140-foot waterslide. Three ocean view restaurants offer a variety of food and beverage experiences including Catalina Kitchen for casual, all-day dining; mar'sel, the free-standing signature restaurant; and Nelson's, a cliff-side restaurant and bar with spectacular vantage points for whale watching. Designed to reveal the Resort’s dramatic outdoor vistas, Terranea's conference and meeting facilities include 135,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space. Other amenities include marea, a luxury retail boutique; children’s center with interactive programs; Pointe Discovery, an “active-living” store and adventure concierge for activities that explore the rich local terrain and ocean environment. Several miles of scenic bluff-top trails connect miles of off-property coastal trails, and a secluded beach cove also adds to the unique experiences at Terranea Resort. For more information, visit www.terranea.com or call 866-802-8000. Please follow Terranea Resort on Facebook and Twitter.

About The About Group: The About Group comprises the Web sites About.com, ConsumerSearch.com and CalorieCount.com. About.com is a valuable platform for content that helps users solve the large and small needs of everyday life. ConsumerSearch.com analyzes expert and user-generated consumer product reviews and recommends the best products to purchase based on the findings. CalorieCount.com is an online resource that helps users solve the everyday challenges of losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle. The New York Times Company, a leading global, multimedia news and information company with 2011 revenues of $2.3 billion, includes The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, NYTimes.com, BostonGlobe.com, Boston.com, About.com and related properties. The Company's core purpose is to enhance society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news, information and entertainment. Follow About.com on Twitter and Facebook.

To view the Favorite Los Angeles Chef award, visit http://golosangeles.about.com/od/BestofLosAngeles/ss/Best-Los-Angeles-Restaurant-Winners-2012-Readers-Choice-Awards_2.htm. For all award winners, please visit http://awards.about.com.

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