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2: Cutting-edge cuisine from a chef the critics call 'imaginative'

3: Taking the road less traveled

4: Triumphing with award-winning innovations

5: Thinking beyond the kitchen

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Career highlights:

  • I am a Chef with years of accomplished experience. I've been fortunate to have worked directly with some of the world's leading hotels and restaurateurs.
    These industry leaders include:
    • Harrods in London England
    • Shangri-La Hotels
    • Hyatt Hotels International 8 Hotels in total
    • Regent Hotels
    • Hilton International
    • Fairmont Hotels and Resorts
    • New York Marriott Marquis
    • Four Seasons Hotels
  • Extensive experience in opening new restaurants, hotels and resorts: I've opened 7 hotels in total over the past 15 years, coinciding with dozens of new restaurant concepts
  • Over 11 years of working experience overseas in Europe and Asia has added a new dimension to my cooking style, with an understanding and appreciation for the management style, cuisines, and cultural backgrounds of the countries in which I've lived and worked
  • I have worked directly with and for some of the world's leading and Award-Winning chefs: Chef Roland Durand, 2 Michelin stars, restaurant "Le Pre Catelan" in Paris, Chef Michel Husser, 2 Michelin stars, restaurant "Le Cerf" in Marlenheim, Alsace, Chef Jean Pierre Delesderrier, 1 Michelin star, restaurant "Les Cepages" near Geneva, Chef Pierre Lecoutre, 1 Michelin star, restaurant "L'Atlantide" in Nantes, France, Chef Freddy Van de Casserie, 2 Michelin stars, restaurant "La Villa Lorraine" in Belgium, Chef Pierre Fonteyne, Ma"tre Cuisinier de Belgique
  • Recognized highlights for my cuisine and concept with the Vix Restaurant
    • Zagat awarded the Vix Restaurant "Best New Restaurant/Newcomer"
    • Was one of the participating chefs at the 20th Anniversary of the Masters of Food and Wine
    • Featured chef at the James Beard House in February 2006, July 2006 and June 2001
    • Featured chef at the Miami Food and Wine Festival
    • My cuisine was featured in many major publications: Food and Wine Magazine, Bon Apetit, Travel & Leisure, In Touch, Cigar Aficionado, Where, Conde Nast Travel, Food Arts, W Magazine, Ocean Drive
    • Travel & Leisure awarded the Vix Restaurant the prestigious "Best New Restaurant"
    • Appeared on the Food Network cooking show with David Liebermann
    • Condé Nast UK Traveler awarded the Hotel Victor the Top 60 Hot List Best New Hotel in the World
    • Received the National Restaurant Association Award/South Florida Dining Award for "Best New Restaurant"
  • Paired with Marcus Samuelson of the famed restaurant Aquavit for the Miami Food & Wine Festival
  • Aria rated "exceptional" in the Zagat Survey
  • Named one of Chicago's Top 20 Restaurants by Chicago Magazine
  • Guest speaker at the Culinary Institute of America and Chicago Culinary Institute
  • Paired with Chef Charlie Trotter for guest chef appearance at Miraval Resort & Spa - Food and Wine Festival
  • Named "Best Chef in Malaysia" for Lafite Restaurant
  • Winner of Bonlac Great Chefs of Asia Award, as one of the top chefs in Asia
  • Awarded Golden Siam Award - Best French Restaurant (Ma Maison) in Thailand

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