Currently the Managing Director of Food & Beverage for Hershey Entertainment and Corporate Chef for Yuengling Beer - Chef Wertz is a highly recognized, 5 star & 5 diamond Executive Chef with over 25 years of quality-driven culinary experience, which includes 15 years of beverage industry experience. His culinary feats include acting as the key consultant for the book "Great Food Great Beer," contributing his knowledge of beer recipes, as well as food and beer pairing in venues in the United States and Europe representing a major beer company.
Chef Wertz was featured in the PBS special "Historic Chefs of America," a sequel to the PBS series "Historic Hotels of America," "Thrill to Grill" chef series, several episodes of the Food Channel's "Follow that Food," and has also been featured in major daily newspapers, publications, magazines, and food and beer pairing consultant for many organizations. He is a Certified Executive Chef and a member of the American Academy of Chefs, the honor roll of the American Culinary Federation and served as the President of the prestigious Resort Executive Committee for just over a decade.
Chef Wertz served as Vice President of Food and Beverage for Kingsmill Resort and Spa for 9yrs (2000 to 2009) and created a line of Budweiser Genuine Sauces that include BUD Barbeque and Beech wood Smoked Barbecue sauces, Basting Sauce and a special wing sauce. He also developed a signature line of sauces and seasonings for Kingsmill Resort that includes Eagles Bull Basting Brew (steak sauce), Kingsmill House Vinaigrette, Marina Munchin' Madness (salsa) and Rocchina’s Red Sauce available at gourmet shops. Recently (2012) he dove back into the sauce creation realm and represents Yuengling Brewery, oldest and largest American Brewer, releasing a line of BBQ and wing sauces as well as 4 BBQ Spices and several Rubs, Utz Chips, and a few co-branded marinated products.
Chef Wertz then joined Nemacolin Woodlands Resort as Vice President of Food and Beverage and Executive Chef in March of 2010. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort was recognized as the sole new property worldwide in 2011 to receive the Forbes 5 star as part of his first years charge. In addition, Forbes announced in 2012 that Aqueous is one of only nine establishments worldwide to be added to the list of 4 Star rated restaurants. At the time there are only 6 resorts in the world boasting Forbes Five Star ratings in both the lodging (Falling Rock) and dining (Lautrec) categories. At Nemacolin, Chef Wertz oversaw the dining experience of fourteen food and beverage outlets including the Five Star, Five Diamond Lautrec. Guests experience his current approach to hospitable service and creative culinary talents as well as his unparalleled enthusiasm for everything Food and Beverage.