Executive Chef Percy Whatley has served Yosemite for over 15 years. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, Chef Whatley embraces a wonderful philosophy that allows foods to speak for themselves. He believes that the flavors and natural tendencies of quality ingredients in harmony with a perfect blend of spices are the true recipe for sumptuous cuisine. Though he is the king of his kitchen, Chef Whatley has never forgotten that he's been on the other side of the line. Therefore, he is dedicated to listening to and working closely with his talented team. He also loves to interact with his guests in The Ahwahnee® Dining Room, and always shares and discusses their feedback with his staff.
In 2008, Whatley joined an outstanding array of chefs, as one of eight semi-finalists for Bocuse d’Or USA in 2008, and prepared dinner at the Beard House as part of a James Beard Foundation Event, an honor given only to the finest chefs.