COSTA MESA, CA, November 10, 2011 – Seasoned chef and community volunteer Paul Gregory has joined The Westin South Coast Plaza as the luxury hotel’s new executive chef.
Gregory’s distinguished 25-year career in the culinary arts includes serving in key posts with several of the region’s largest and most prominent hotels, where he helped to generate millions of dollars in revenue and supervised hundreds of food and beverage staff.
Most recently he was the executive chef and food and beverage director of the 400-room Hilton Long Beach Hotel. His other career highlights include serving as the food and beverage director and executive chef at The Westin Los Angeles Airport, a 700-room hotel, and as executive chef of the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel, an 830-room property.
Previously, he was executive sous chef at the 1,100-room Westin Century Plaza Hotel & Tower in Century City. He also held posts as the Wyndham Bel Age Hotel in West Hollywood and at the Los Angeles Hilton and Towers.
Gregory’s community service includes organizing and serving Thanksgiving dinner at the Los Angeles USO, working with the Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation and organizing a beach cleanup through the Heal the Bay organization. He lists his passions as cooking and tennis.
“We are delighted to welcome Paul aboard at The Westin South Coast Plaza,” said Mike Hall, the hotel’s general manager. “His can-do attitude and exceptional culinary expertise will help us meet and exceed the high expectations of our guests.”
Having undergone an extensive, $20 million renovation in 2007, The Westin South Coast Plaza is considered to be Orange County’s landmark hotel and is the only premiere Westin property in the county. The luxury hotel features 393 spacious guestrooms and 26,000 square feet of meeting space that can accommodate up to 600 participants banquet style. The unique Terrace Level offers a relaxing outdoor space ideal for wedding and gala events, plus an outdoor gazebo specifically designed for wedding ceremonies and themed events.
The Westin South Coast Plaza, part of the Starwood Hotel and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. family, is located at 686 Anton Boulevard in Costa Mesa, California. For reservations and information, call (714) 540-2500 or visit www.westinsouthcoastplaza.com.