TAMPA, FL (March 8, 2023) – Hotel Haya in Ybor City proudly announces the arrival of Chef Eric McHugh as the new Executive Chef of  Flor Fina. At the helm of the Latin and Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, Chef McHugh has crafted a refreshed menu that celebrates the heritage and diversity of the restaurant’s destination, while infusing wow factors via extravagant and beautiful presentations.

“As befits a restaurant in the heart of Tampa Bay’s most historic neighborhood, Flor Fina’s new menu draws inspiration from Ybor City’s diverse mix of Cuban, Spanish, Italian and other cultures to create a blend of flavors and a dining experience as unique as Hotel Haya itself,” says Chef McHugh. “As we embark on this new chapter of Flor Fina, our culinary and beverage offerings have evolved to emphasize a coastal Mediterranean influence, while still maintaining nods to our Cuban heritage.”

McHugh has had a lifelong passion for food and for cooking for more than 20 years and has worked in Tampa Bay restaurants for the last 12. He enjoys working with rarely used cuts of meat with a focus on classic rustic dishes.

“We are excited to share the fabulous flavors and enticing culinary creations that bring Chef Eric’s culinary vision for Flor Fina to our neighbors here in Tampa Bay and across the country,” says Hotel Haya General Manager Peter Wright. “Chef Eric’s visionary menu and exciting new tableside experiences will make Flor Fina a must-visit destination for food lovers from across the region to discover. ”

“I love the multiculturism and the way that Tampa and Hotel Haya continue to celebrate the histories of the region’s original immigrants,” Chef Eric says. “This is the type of dining experience Tampa Bay has been waiting for.”

For more information, visit https://hotelhaya.com/food-drink/flor-fina/