Note: There were so many submissions for Hottest Hotel Chef, West Coast, that we had to split them into two. Here is Part One.
Name: Executive Chef Pierre Albaladejo
Hotel Restaurant: All four of the restaurants at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, Calif.
Cooking Claim To Fame: Born in France, cher Pierre's career has taken him from Spain to Hawaii (must be where he picked up his surfing habit) dazzling customers with his inventive cuisine ranging from Italian to Southern California Bistro fare.
One Hot Dish: Beer Braised Carlsbad Mussels & Clams.
Name: Chef Rebecca Merhej
Hotel Restaurant: mar’sel at The Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
Cooking Claim To Fame: Merhej is a modern day Eve, using the restaurant's garden for good not evil, plucking ingredients to highlight her comfort food which pays tribute to her Lebanese heritage.
One Hot Dish: Dinner is a winner, but the brunch frittata with spinach, hen of the woods mushrooms, feta cheese and hobb’s bacon is a popular order.
Name: Executive Chef Chad Luethje
Hotel Restaurant: Canyon Breeze Restaurant at Red Mountain Resort in St. George, Utah
Cooking Claim To Fame: Chad has spent 25 years in luxury restaurants at resorts like Miraval in Tucson (an Oprah favorite) and Enchantment in Sedona. He's got the skills to make Southwestern-style healthy, gluten free and anti-inflammatory foods dance on taste buds.
One Hot Dish: Habanero-mango glazed shrimp, with coconut-Kaffir Lime infused black forbidden rice, and green-onion crema.
Name: Executive Chef Massimo De Francesca
Hotel Restaurant: Taggia at FireSky Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Cooking Claim To Fame: Even though he hails from Phoenix, Massimo's specialty is a connoisseur of coastal Italian cuisine.
One Hot Dish: Handrolled gnocchi with chorizo, crab, english peas and soy brown butter.
Name: Executive Chef Eric Bauer
Hotel Restaurant: Veladora at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Cooking Claim To Fame: Bauer has 13 years of fine dining and culinary experience. Today he specializes in farm-to-table “Mediterranean Coastal Ranch” cooking, embracing his relationship with Chino Farms, just 10 minutes from the resort’s kitchen.
One Hot Dish: Grilled Pacific Yellowfin Tuna with forked Butterball potatoes and braised radicchio.
Name: Pastry Chef Hannah Ingham
Hotel Restaurant: Marisol at The Cliffs Resort, Pismo Beach, Calif.
Cooking Claim To Fame: This sweet thang, whom they call "“The Muffin Goddess”, specializes in pouring some sugar (just a bit) on her home baked creations and making desserts almost guilt-free.
One Hot Dish: Chocolate chip and raspberry Grand Mariner petite cheesecakes.
Name: Chef Louis Maldonado
Hotel Restaurant: Spoonbar at h2hotel and Pizzando at Hotel Healdsburg in Healdsburg, Calif.
Cooking Claim To Fame: While Bay area restaurants are under this cheeky boy's belt, you may recognize him as a current contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef Season 11 held in New Orleans.
One Hot Dish: Lavender-honey mustard glazed chicken wings.
Name: Chef Antonio Minichiello
Hotel Restaurant: Verandah at the Four Seasons Las Vegas
Cooking Claim To Fame: Antonio grew up in Naples where he learned to cook alongside his mother (Awww.) He entered culinary school at the age of 15 and then spent the next decade working as a chef in some of Italy's best restaurants, bringing his European touch to stomachs (and hearts) alike.
One Hot Dish: La Pasta Cotta Nel Vaso (Pasta in a Jar): Artichoke pasta cooked in a jar with scallops, calamari, langoustine, shrimp, tomato and basil.
Name: Executive Chef Brendan Mica
Hotel Restaurant: Restaurant Cuvée at The River Terrace Inn in Napa, Calif.
Cooking Claim To Fame: Some say Mica developed his culinary skills and handsome features in Europe then brought them back to the Napa Valley to pair with magnificent wines.
One Hot Dish: Duck confit with roasted faro, mire-poix, baby beet greens, figs in port reduction and toasted walnuts.
Who's your favorite hottie hotel chef? Vote for them in comments below! And stay tuned for Part Two of the West Coast Hotties!
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