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CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. (October 30, 2013) - The AAA Four Diamond Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa, the newest luxury resort on Florida's west coast, proudly announces the appointment of Chef Hector Pabon to the position of executive sous chef.  

With more than 13 years of culinary experience, Chef Pabon comes to Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach from its sister property, Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, where he most recently served as chef de cuisine at the hotel's world-renowned Oystercatchers Restaurant.  Prior to joining the Hyatt family, Chef Pabon worked at several leading restaurants in the Tampa Bay area, including the Centre Club and Intercontinental Hotel.  He began his culinary training at the Le Cordon Bleu Academy in Orlando where he received a bachelor's degree in hospitality management and culinary arts. 

"We are fortunate to have Chef Pabon join our talented culinary team," said General Manager Brian Kramer.  "Having been a member of the Hyatt family for the past several years, working at our sister property across the bay, Hector is well qualified for the role.  He thoroughly understands the tastes and preferences of the local market.  We look forward to seeing what he brings to Clearwater's culinary scene."

As executive sous chef, Chef Pabon will be responsible for assisting Executive Chef Richard Preston in overseeing all dining outlets:  SHOR American Seafood Grill, featuring a dramatic show kitchen and panoramic Gulf views; Swim, a casual poolside eatery with a Pan-Latino fusion menu; and Skimmers, a grab-and-go coffee station by day and lively lobby bar by night.  Chef Pabon's responsibilities will also include banquet and in-room dining. 

For more information or reservations, please visit http://clearwaterbeach.hyatt.com or call 1-800-233-1234. 

About Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa

Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa features 250 guest suites that blend tropical elegance with a luxurious, carefree experience on Florida's west coast. Breathtaking Gulf views provide the backdrop for expansive floor plans for deluxe one- and two-bedroom suites. Each suite features fully equipped kitchens and balconies or rooftop terraces. Guests can enjoy a variety of upscale amenities such as the eighth-floor infinity pool deck with 20 air-conditioned poolside cabanas and a children's pool area, a spa pool area on the 16th floor and multiple dining options, including the resort's signature seafood grill SHOR. Other amenities include the eco-friendly Sandava Spa and Camp Hyatt Kids' Club, along with 12,000 square feet of indoor and 20,000 square feet of outdoor function space for premier beachside events.  Located in the "Best Beach Town in Florida" according to USA Today, the resort serves as the centerpiece of the city's new Beach Walk, providing close proximity and easy access to a wealth of world-class restaurants, retailers and attractions.

The resort is a recipient of the following awards and recognitions:  the prestigious AAA/CAA Four Diamond Award; four green keys designation by the Green Key Eco-rating Program; a 2013 Best of Weddings Pick by The Knot; the 2012 Brides' Choice Award by Wedding Wire; one of Florida's Best Companies To Work For by Florida Trend; the 2012 Impact Award Winner by Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts; one of Tampa Bay's Top Work Places 2012 by the Tampa Bay Times; the 2011 ConventionSouth Readers' Choice Award; the 2011 Large Business of the Year Award by the Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce; TripAdvisor's 2011 Certificate of Excellence; placement on Elite Meetings' Top 100 Hotels List; recognition as a gay-friendly hotel by the TAG Approved® Accommodations Program; and the Metro's Best Award in the Hot Spots to Shop, Dine, Play & Escape by Tampa Bay Metro Magazine for the past two consecutive years.  The resort's signature SHOR American Seafood Grill has also earned the Best Dessert Award at Clearwater Beach's Restaurant Week for the past two consecutive years, the 2011 "Best of Show" at A Taste of Clearwater and Tampa Bay Magazine's Best of Tampa Bay Award for the last three consecutive years.

For more information or reservations, please visit http://clearwaterbeach.hyatt.com, "Like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hyattclearwater or follow us on Twitter @HyattClearwater.

About Hyatt Regency

Hyatt Regency offers a full range of services and facilities tailored to serve the needs of meeting planners, business travelers and leisure guests. Properties range in size from 180 to over 2,000 rooms and are conveniently located in urban, suburban, airport, convention and resort destinations around the world. Hyatt Regency convention hotels feature spacious meeting and conference facilities designed to provide a productive environment allowing guests to convene and connect. Hyatt Regency hotels in resort locations cater to couples seeking a getaway, families enjoying a vacation together and corporate groups seeking a functional and relaxed atmosphere in which to conduct business and meetings.

Contact: Claire Kunzman or Angele Busch - Cheryl Andrews Marketing

claire@cam-pr.com or angele@cam-pr.com / 305-444-4033

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