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Jonathan Wright Appointed Executive Chef
for The Setai, South Beach, Miami

MIAMI, FLORIDA, USA – June 29, 2007 -- The Setai management is pleased to announce the appointment of executive chef Jonathan Wright.  Chef Wright brings to the position over twenty years of award-winning culinary experience; including the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans, Raffles Hotel in Singapore and Sir Terrance Conran’s Great Eastern Hotel in London.

In addition, Chef Wright’s prior employment includes Raymond Blanc’s two-star Michelin restaurant Le Manoir Aux Quat Saisons in Oxforshire and a stint with Bradley Ogden at La Creek Inn in Las Vegas. Awards and media endorsements include Best Hotel Chefs by the famed James Beard House, Esquire’s Best New Chefs in America, and Fab Five Chef’s in American by gastronomic influencer John Mariani.

At The Setai, in his role as Executive Chef, Chef Wright will oversee all of the culinary aspects of the property including The Restaurant, The Grill, The Pool & Beach Bar, The Bar & Courtyard and In-Room dining.  Chef Wright is excited to join The Setai team in the burgeoning Miami gastronomic scene. He plans to push culinary limits by providing guests innovative menu creation, presentation, and service, leveraging his western culinary education with his love and understanding of Asian cuisine. 

“This is an incredible opportunity,” said Wright.  “I am in a wonderful position here at The Setai to bring to diners true authentic cuisine (Thai, Indian, Malaysian, and Chinese) in The Restaurant and throughout the entire property.  My appreciation and knowledge of these ethnic cuisines, coupled with the Hotel company’s Asian resources, promises for a dynamic and genuine culinary experience.”

Chef Wright resides in Miami with his Singaporean wife, Delia, and their German Shepard, two Wippets (miniature greyhounds), and a cat.

The Setai has already built up a reputation as the most stylish address in Miami. Legendary hotelier Adrian Zecha sought to introduce Asian traditions of simplicity and elegance. Authentic Asian cuisine has been developed with the combined influences from chefs who originate from India, Thailand and China respectively, with the entire process overseen by their newly appointed Executive chef. A large exhibition kitchen allows guests to take in the aromas and animation that makes the preparation of each dish such an aesthetic experience. The choice of where to dine is either in the restaurant or outdoors, in the seating pods that lie amongst the Lily ponds.

About The Setai

Bearing the unmistakable imprint of legendary hotelier Adrian Zecha, The Setai, managed by GHM, is an intimate oceanfront resort in the heart of South Beach. Set amid tropical gardens and sparkling pools at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, The Setai introduces the Asian traditions of simplicity and elegance to South Beach.

The Setai has 86 impeccably detailed guestrooms and 45 suites, an intimate, private spa, three pools and remarkable restaurants and bars. It is located on Collins Avenue at 20th Street near Miami Beach’s thriving cultural district, as well as the nightlife, fine dining, shopping and other South Beach attractions.

Situated adjacent to The Setai Residences, a 40-story glass tower that is one of the tallest buildings in the South Beach skyline, The Setai is a meticulously replicated eight-story Art Deco landmark. Originally built between 1936-1938 as the famed Dempsey Vanderbilt Hotel, The Setai recreates the style and charm of the city’s fabled past. Tying in with this illustrious Miami Beach era, The Setai also incorporates highlights from Shanghai’s Art Deco period with a grand lobby decorated in Shanghai brick, bronze as well as rich teak, imported stone and exquisite Asian art and artifacts.
About General Hotel Management Ltd

Established in 1992, General Hotel Management Ltd (GHM) is a market leader in conceptualising, developing and operating an exclusive group of hotels and resorts worldwide. With a total of 15 properties in its portfolio and six more in the pipeline, GHM prides itself in providing guests with a distinctive lifestyle experience that is unrivalled. Every GHM resorts and hotels is one of a kind, possessing distinctive concepts and design elements. 

GHM’s portfolio of properties comprises The Setai, The Datai, The Saujana, The Legian, The Strand, Heritage House,The Leela - Goa, The Nam Hai, Carcosa Seri Negara, The Andaman, The Chedi Club - Ubud, The Chedi - Milan, The Chedi - Muscat, The Chedi  - Phuket and The Chedi - Chiang Mai. The Company also provides a full range of hotel management services.

For more information about our company, please visit


The Setai Hotel 
Stephanie Lee
(65) 6223 3755

Also See: Redevelopement Costs of The Setai in Miami Beach Soar to $190 million / Sept 2002
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