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Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa Appoints
Brad Gillespie as Executive Chef, Andrea Honan as Director of Catering
and David Powell as Food and Beverage Director


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CLEARWATER, Fla. (Oct. 19, 2009) – Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa is proud to announce that a seasoned food and beverage team has been appointed to spearhead the launch of the resort’s restaurants along with catering, weddings and special events. The resort is set to open in December 2009 as Clearwater Beach’s premier luxury vacation destination.

“We’re proud to have recruited an elite team of Hyatt veterans to join us here in Clearwater Beach,” said General Manager Brian Kramer. “The members of this talented group have launched restaurants in some of our largest markets and have designed events and weddings for our most discriminating clientele, and I am excited for them to bring their creative vision to this magnificent resort.”

As executive chef, Brad Gillespie will be responsible for developing and executing the resort’s overall culinary concept. He will oversee all dining outlets including SHOR, an American seafood grill featuring a dramatic show kitchen; swim, offering Pan-Latin fusion dishes poolside; Skimmers, a Seattle’s Best coffee bar and grab-and-go station by day and lively lobby bar by night; and in-room dining.

A native of Canada, Chef Gillespie has worked in the restaurant industry since the age of 14, honing his craft at the South Alberta Institute of Technology. Approaching his 10th year with Hyatt, Gillespie has held positions at high-profile properties including Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Chicago and Hyatt Regency Greenwich in Connecticut. In Clearwater, Chef Gillespie plans to implement an extensive farm-to-table program with a majority of the ingredients being seasonally sourced from within a 100-mile radius.

Director of Catering Andrea Honan will lead the resort’s catering and events department. With Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach positioned to be the premier venue for events on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Honan’s experience in Chicago at the 206-room Hyatt Rosemont and the 1,096-room Hyatt Regency O’Hare has equipped her with the resources to cater to smaller, more intimate functions and also to concept major large-scale events.

Honan plans on utilizing the resort’s unique function space and impressive vistas, like that available on the 16th level Sky Terrace with views of both the Gulf of Mexico and Intracoastal Waterway, to create breathtaking events. She will also develop and integrate innovative concepts like á la minute service to ensure that guests have a top-of-the-line culinary experience while at the resort.

Rounding out the team is Hyatt veteran David Powell who will serve as the resort’s food and beverage director, responsible for all F&B promotions and events, setting service standards and overseeing the day-to-day F&B operations. During his 11-year career with Hyatt, Powell has served in various positions in properties across the U.S. including Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Hyatt Rosemont, Hyatt Regency Dallas and Hyatt Regency Newport Beach.

For more information, please visit http://clearwaterbeach.hyatt.com , call 1-800-233-1234 or e-mail Nancy Longstreth at nancy.longstreth@hyatt.com.

About Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa

Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa is scheduled to open in December 2009. The resort’s 250 guest suites will blend tropical elegance and a luxurious carefree experience like none other on Florida’s west coast. Breathtaking Gulf views will provide the backdrop for expansive floor plans ranging from deluxe to one- and two-bedroom beach suites. Each suite features a full kitchen and balconies or rooftop terraces. Amenities include a swimming pool with 20 air-conditioned poolside cabanas, an exclusive beach club and multiple dining options offering local seafood and Pan-Latin fusion dishes to healthy grab-and-go items. The resort will also offer a full-service Hyatt Pure Spa, Camp Hyatt kids club as well as 12,000 square feet of indoor and 20,000 square feet of outdoor function space for premier beachside events. http://clearwaterbeach.hyatt.com

About Clearwater Beach

Located less than 25 miles from Tampa International Airport on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Clearwater Beach is a family-friendly destination with boundless recreational and outdoor activities including fishing, golfing, hiking and more. In 2009, Fodor’s Travel Publications named Clearwater Beach one of the top beaches for families on the East Coast.
Consistently recognized for its beauty, Clearwater Beach has been named “Best City Beach on the Gulf of Mexico” by Condé Nast Traveler and Stephen “Dr. Beach” Leatherman. Clearwater Beach is conveniently located within driving distance of notable museums and cultural activities in St. Petersburg as well as the renowned theme parks and attractions in nearby Orlando. For more information, visit www.FloridasBeach.com .

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family in 45 countries strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The company's subsidiaries manage, franchise, own and develop hotels and resorts under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz™, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place® and Hyatt Summerfield Suites™ brand names and have locations under development on five continents. Hyatt Vacation Ownership, Inc., a Hyatt Hotels Corporation subsidiary, develops and operates vacation ownership properties under the Hyatt Vacation Club® brand. As of June 30, 2009, the company’s worldwide portfolio consisted of 413 properties. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.

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Contact:

Ashley Norman / Jillian Baczewski
Cheryl Andrews Marketing
305-444-4033
ashley@cam-pr.com 
jillian@cam-pr.com

 
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