Hyatt Regency Austin Welcomes Reese Hay as New Executive Chef

/Hyatt Regency Austin Welcomes Reese Hay as New Executive Chef

Hyatt Regency Austin Welcomes Reese Hay as New Executive Chef

|2017-10-05T13:21:09+00:00October 5th, 2017|

Austin, Texas (October 5, 2017) – Hyatt Regency Austin, located on the shores of Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin, has announced Reese Hay as its new executive chef. Hay joins the hotel from Hyatt Regency Columbus in Ohio.

“I’m very excited to join the Hyatt Regency Austin team,” said Reese Hay, executive chef at Hyatt Regency Austin. “When you look at the history of this hotel, it has a great reputation and is well known for a having quality product and presentation. As most of my career has been spent in smaller boutique hotels or resorts, I look forward to working in such a large volume hotel that features high-end dining for its guests. I am also excited to be in Austin and immersing myself in the local community to find out first hand why it is such a renowned foodie city.”

As executive chef, Hay is responsible for overseeing all of the food and beverage aspects of the hotel, from banquets and catering to the on-site restaurants, Marker 10 and Southwest Bistro. His duties include communication with the hotel’s executive team, ordering ingredients for banquets, on-site demonstrations and tastings for prospective groups, ensuring the overall quality of all of the food available at the hotel, and providing guidance and support to the food and beverage team. “Throughout my career, I have had great mentors that have helped me to get where I am today. In my role as executive chef, I strive to help drive my team through leadership opportunities and provide guidance that encourages them to reach their goals,” said Hay.

Hay began his career working in restaurants as part of a high school program which allowed him to intern at the Poco Diablo Resort in Sedona, Ariz. Through the program, he learned the basics of the restaurant industry and was later hired to wash dishes part time. He then attended the Scottsdale Culinary School, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Following his graduation in 2001, Hay moved to Seattle, Wash. where he began working at the Grand Hyatt Seattle as a lead line cook in 2003.

Throughout his 13 years working with Hyatt, Hay has worked in a variety of positions including banquet chef, chef de cuisine, and chef tournat. He was promoted to executive chef at the Andaz San Diego property in where he worked between 2001 and 2014. He then moved to Hyatt Regency Columbus where he has served as executive chef for the last three years.

Hay has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout his career including being named Hyatt’s Manager of the Year in 2008. He has also received the prestigious honor of being invited to cook at the James Beard House in New York City twice.

Hay moved to Austin with his wife and two children. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and skiing.

For more information on Hyatt Regency Austin, please call (512) 477-1234, or visit

About Hyatt Regency Austin

Situated on the shores of Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas, Hyatt Regency Austin is a modern hotel located in the middle of the vibrant downtown.  The AAA Four Diamond property is ideally located in the city’s center, allowing guests the convenience to explore the best of Austin, from the famous live music scene and eclectic shops and boutiques, to popular landmarks and lake activities, and much more.  The hotel offers more than 45,000 sq. feet of customizable function space, including the 14,138 sq. foot Zilker Ballroom, and a 3,700 sq. foot outdoor terrace.  Hyatt Regency Austin provides a variety of delicious dining options for guests at Southwest Bistro and Marker 10.  For more information on Hyatt Regency Austin, please visit

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About Hyatt Regency

The Hyatt Regency brand prides itself on connecting travelers to who and what matters most to them. More than 175 conveniently located Hyatt Regency urban and resort locations in over 30 countries around the world serve as the go-to gathering space for every occasion – from efficient business meetings to memorable family vacations. The brand offers a one-stop experience that puts everything guests need right at their fingertips. Hyatt Regency hotels and resorts offer a full range of services and amenities, including the space to work, engage or relax; notable culinary experiences; technology-enabled ways to collaborate; and expert event planners who can take care of every detail. For more information, please visit Follow @HyattRegency on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and tag photos with #AtHyattRegency.

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