About Ken Lingle: Ken started his culinary career 20 years ago at a Northern Italian Restaurant before attending the Culinary Institute of American where he graduated in the top of his class. Ken's initial love for food was sparked by his childhood, growing up on the coast of Maine where he learned to appreciate the bounty of the sea. Following his love of the sea Ken went to the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel in Hawaii and followed that with a brief apprenticeship at Caneel Bay in the Virgin Islands.
Upon graduation Ken had visions of heading west, but instead chose the Woodstock Inn and Resort in Vermont to build his resume. Garde Manger Chef, Banquet Tournant and Sous Chef were the roles Ken assumed during his four-year stay. Looking for a change, Ken moved to Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa to assume the role of Golden Trout Restaurant Chef. At Nemacolin Ken cooked for such celebrities as Bill Cosby, Joe Piscipo, Lynn Swan, George Bush and Wolfgang Puck. After Nemacolin, Ken moved his talents to The Sagamore Resort, where he took on the responsibility of overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Four Diamond Trillium Restaurant and the "Chef for a Day" program. Shortly Ken accelerated his status to Executive Sous Chef and shortly after that Ken was promoted to Executive Chef. Following his tenure at The Sagamore Ken Moved to Assistant General Manager and Executive Chef at The four diamond Inn at Erlowest. After 3 years Ken was recruited by The Executives of Ocean Property to oversee the revamp of the main restaurant SALT at Wentworth By The Sea.
Ken describes his cuisine as simple and seasonal with eclectic influence. He stresses how important it is to maintain a comfortable and casual work atmosphere without sacrificing quality. He is very passionate about artisan style products and purveyors.
Ken's other accomplishments include: New York State Restaurant Association Restrateur of the Year 2005, James Beard House participant as well as gold and silver medal winner in American Culinary Federation sponsored competitions and was a participant in the Kamuela Wine Symposium. Kens plans for the future include a gourmet restaurant shop and/or Chef/instructor at The Culinary Institute of America.
When not cooking, Ken enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with his wife Jayceen and son Tyler.
Wentworth By the Sea commands the island of New Castle, one of New Hampshire's oldest settlements. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, our hotel is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway or family vacation.
This Marriott Hotel of the Year features 161 guestrooms and suites that blend historic elegance with 21st century convenience. Host your next meeting in any of our 12 meeting rooms, including the grand Wentworth Ballroom.
Cruise along the Atlantic Ocean, take the family to Water Country, or explore the historic downtown area. This New Hampshire resort offers intimate restaurants with imaginative cuisine, spa services, indoor and outdoor pools, nearby beaches, fitness and business centers, and wireless internet.
Opened in June 2013, enjoy our NEW re-envisioned dining experience, SALT Kitchen & Bar!
An unwavering commitment to service makes the Wentworth Marriott one of the remaining grand resort hotels of New England and the country.