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Edan Ballantine Appointed as Director of Food and
Beverage at the Grand Hyatt New York

NEW YORK (August 17, 2011) – Grand Hyatt New York announced today the appointment of Edan Ballantine as the hotel’s new Director of Food and Beverage as the storied property puts the finishing touches on its $130 million complete renovation. Grand Hyatt New York is the tenth Hyatt property that Ballantine has worked in since he began working with Hyatt more than 14 years ago. This is Mr. Ballantine’s fourth Director of Food and Beverage position.

As Director of Food and Beverage, Ballantine will manage all aspects of the hotel’s F&B programming including New York Central – a new vibrant and contemporary restaurant overlooking 42nd Street, Market – a 24-hour grab-and-go emporium, in addition to room service, and catering.

Ballantine comes to Grand Hyatt New York after a successful three-year tenure at Hyatt Regency St. Louis. During his time at Hyatt Regency St. Louis, Ballantine coordinated three restaurant renovations and the renovation of the public space. He also played an integral role in the venues’ operations and marketing efforts. Hyatt has recognized Ballantine’s dedication and great contributions over the years with the Food and Beverage Director of the Year award in 2009.

Previous to his time in St. Louis, Ballantine worked at Hyatt properties in Dallas, Phoenix, Chicago, Denver, Vail, Milwaukee and Hilton Head Island.

“We are thrilled to have Edan join our team and take the lead with all of our new and exciting food and beverage venues,” said Mark Pardue, General Manager, Grand Hyatt New York. “With Edan’s creativity and proven track record of success, he will be the perfect addition to the Grand Hyatt New York team.”

Edan has a degree in tourism management from Clemson University and received certifications from both the Court of Master Sommeliers as well as the Society of Wine Educators. He lives in Manhattan with his wife Jill.

To learn more about Grand Hyatt New York and to make reservations, visit www.grandhyattnewyork.com or call 1-800-233-1234.

About Grand Hyatt New York
With a premier location on 42nd Street between Park and Lexington Avenues, Grand Hyatt New York lies in the heart of midtown Manhattan. Attached to the legendary Grand Central Terminal, the Grand Hyatt is just steps away from the city’s best culture and attractions, including Times Square, Broadway, art and world-class shopping. The hotel is in the midst of an exciting $130 million renovation, including completely redesigned guestrooms, a new restaurant, a refreshed lobby and mezzanine level, creative new meeting spaces, a completely revitalized ballroom, and the innovative gourmet grab-and-go food concept called Market.  The hotel’s 1,311 guest rooms including 51 suites will be renovated in stages through 2011, with the first rooms to be completed in November 2010. Inside each new room at Grand Hyatt New York, refined hues, lush textures and engaging artwork are among the elements that frame the mood of a sleek and modern Manhattan residence. The minimalist décor keeps guests relaxed in a calming sanctuary, far from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan’s heart beat below. The Grand Club provides added luxury offering elevator key access, complimentary breakfast, afternoon snacks, and evening hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Grand Hyatt New York is perfect for groups of any size offering intimate meeting rooms and the astounding 18,000 square foot Empire Ballroom, which just completed an extensive renovation. Boasting more than 50 meeting rooms and 55,000 square feet of meeting space, the hotel can accommodate groups up to 1,500 people.
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Contact: 
 
Amanda Schinder/Matthew Levison
Nancy J. Friedman Public Relations
(212) 228-1500
ASchinder@njfpr.com / Matthew@njfpr.com

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Also See: Mark Purdue Joins Grand Hyatt New York as General Manager / November 2010

Grand Hyatt New York Appoints Executive Chef Christian Ragano to Head Up the Hotel’s New Restaurant, New York Central / September 2010

Grand Hyatt New York’s New Grab-and-Go Restaurant Concept – Market – Meant to Reinvent Hotel Room Service / April 2010
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