1 Hotels Hire 3 Superstar Chefs to Run Their Restaurants
We still have to pinch ourselves to believe that 1 Hotels are really real and are really happening.
The eco-friendly luxury hotel brand that quickly launched and quickly disappeared, thanks to the fallout from the economic recession, is now hard at work at completing its three hotels in New York (near Central Park), Brooklyn (near the bridge) and in Miami (in South Beach.)
And they've just added a trio of superstar chefs to do the hotels' farm-to-table restaurants.
Jonathan Waxman, Tom Colicchio and Seamus Mullen will do the restaurants for 1 Hotels Central Park, Miami and Brooklyn, respectively. The announcement was brief, only mentioning that the chefs would "celebrate nature in both design and food" and that all restaurants would use local purveyors. Also, the restaurants will all be totally different from each other (as we would hope.)
Tom Colicchio needs no introduction thanks to "Top Chef" on Bravo and his Craft brand of restaurants, but here's a little 411 on Jonathan Waxman and Seamus Mullen, courtesy of the internet:
Waxman runs Barbuto in the West Village but is considered a pioneer of California cuisine. He's known for fusing French cooking techniques with the freshest local ingredients. Mullen is known for his "approachable, modern Spanish cuisine" at his Tertulia restaurant in the West Village.
There's still no word on when the first 1 Hotel will open but we've long believed it would be 1 Hotel South Beach later this year, although the 1 Hotel at Central Park has been progressing steadily. Either way, expect this summer to be a lot of 1 leading up to the opening.
[Photos: Tom Colicchio/Facebook; Seamus Mullen/Facebook and Barbuto]