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Hyatt Hotels are going big in the big city this week. Not content with opening up the brand's largest NYC build in the past 30 years, today the Grand Hyatt New York is launching its first-ever artisanal chocolate line.
Available at the hotel's Market cafe, located in the lobby, the line features milk, dark, and white chocolate bars, and truffles in five flavors, each with a signature color and design: passion fruit, citrus, gianduja & white truffles, coffee, and dulce de leche (given that the chef is Argentinian, you've got to try that last flavor).
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Our "Hottest Hotel Chef in the World" contest was a hit with the battle for the ultimate golden spoon fierce between eventual final winner Antonio Minichiello and runner up (by eight votes!) Executive Chef Chad Minton of the Shop at Andaz 5th Avenue.
We thought it fair to share a couple of the tattooed-one's gems with you, as he was a great sport about the whole competition--and quite frankly, his fan club was a passionate bunch, often (illegally!) voting quadruple times for the skateboarding, freestlyin' kitchen master who rides a fixed-gear bike to work every day.
So, we tossed him a few questions and were delighted with his answers. We hope the Minton Minions (ha!) will be, too.
HotelChatter: If you would have won the competition, who would you have called first?
Chef Chad Minton: Definitely someone at Ford Modeling.
HC: Have you ever been called a “Hot Chef” before? What does it mean to you?
CM: I have not and now that I am so hot, I need to take a page from another famously hot New Yorker, Spiderman. “With great power comes great responsibility”. This more true now than ever. I need to be aware of this. I pledge to only use my “hotness” for the good of mankind.
HC: Did you read the comments people said about you? What was your favorite?
CM: I can’t believe what an amazing response there was. I want to sincerely thank everyone that took the time to log on and vote for me. So many hilarious comments and creative user names. “I saw him carving the lamb at a halal truck with a katana.” and “Chef Chad is soo hot, they had to re-calibrate all the fire detectors in the kitchen.” Plus, a poster said, “one time he made me soup, for free!!!”. Those were all standouts for me.
HC: Ok, quell our curiosity...What does this nickname Chaddah mean?
CM: I have no idea! I think some people were just having fun with my name, but I've never been called that.
More on Chef Minton after the break!
We can’t help but notice hotel employees are looking downright dapper these days. Seems like those sterile suit-and-tie numbers of yesteryear are being replaced with ensembles so enviable, we want to score them ourselves. (Just witness our Lacroix love at Sofitel's So Bangkok).
Known for working with New York City artisans in an array of capacities, the Andaz's latest collaboration is with American fashion designer Richard Chai. The CFDA award winner has worked with Marc Jacobs, Geoffrey Beene, Donna Karan and Lanvin. In 2008 his diffusion line with Target sold out within days and Blake Lively, Kate Hudson and Sarah Jessica Parker are fans of his work.
Chai has recently created a collection of new uniforms for the Andaz' hotel hosts. The eight simple, but sophisticated pieces were designed to replicate the property’s philosophy of attentive, yet uncomplicated service, and consist of a blue, navy, and black palette. Each host has been fitted with customized Chai pieces to ensure a casual, but tailored look.
Talk about haute hotel couture!
[Photo: Andaz Hotels]
So, you know which hotel bar has the best scotch collection, but, with apple season in full swing, perhaps you have a hankering for a good Calvados.
In that case, may we recommend you head up to the Intercontinental New York Barclay's Barclay Bar, where, with 92 labels this season, you'll find the country's biggest collection of apple brandy of Normandy France.
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It was all showbiz the other week at the grand opening party for The Lexington Hotel New York, a recently transformed historic midtown Manhattan property that was a happening spot back in the 1920s. It's now become part of Marriott's Auograph Collection.
Musicians and actors like Patti Labelle and Dorothy Lamour called The Lexington home while they toured, and it was the famous love nest of Joe Dimaggio and Marilyn Monroe, who spent nine-months living in an 18th floor suite that's been renamed "The Centerfield Suite".
But sticking with its jazz roots, the festivities were kicked off with a live performance from the cast of the upcoming Broadway jazz show "After Midnight", which was produced by nine-time Grammy Award winner, Wynton Marsalis. The show has only been previewed by President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama, once during a U.N. GA Summit reception at the Waldorf Astoria, so guests were lucky to have this special treat.
Labor Day is over but there's a different, somewhat random, holiday to commemorate today: it's National Skyscraper Day. Although the day comes a couple of months too soon for Marriott who have yet to open their much-anticipated tallest hotel in New York City, let's see what a different two-tower skyscraper hotel has going on to celebrate this special day.
The ONE UN New York, formerly known as the Millennium UN Plaza, has chosen National Skyscraper Day to announce a Skyscraper Curator program that will kick off October 1st.
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We told you back in March that the 725-room hotel formerly known as the Lexington, then Radisson Lexington, and then just The Lexington again had recruited Dash Design to handle its multi-million dollar renovation. Well, the renovation is in its final stages, and we've had a sneak peek at the results.
The Midtown Manhattan classic property has kicked off their Drink of the Day specials at Henry's Rooftop Bar (which we'll be talking more about tomorrow!).
This cocktail, called The Hemingway Daiquiri is made with 1.5 oz of rum, 1 oz grapefruit juice, and fresh lime juice. It goes perfect with the stunning view of the NYC skyline.
Sounds refreshing, no? Now if only Mother Nature would make up her mind with this weather. We've had our April showers, time for the May flowers and mojitos!
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Somehow a new Residence Inn opened in NYC on March 1st, and we heard not a whisper about it, until we were invited to their grand opening last week. The day happened to coincide with the brands third annual "Resident Mom of the Year" celebration, which always occurs near Mother's Day.
So, who was bestowed the honor of spokeswoman for Residence Inn's, all-suite, family-friendly properties? None other than Iron Chef, tv-host, and mama extraordinaire, Cat Cora.
Cat dazzled the crowd with her cute southern twang, warm personality, and ability to convince the crowd that cooking quinoa, stir fry, and parfaits is simple as pie in the hotel's kitchen.
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Fans of the hit ABC show Shark Tank ought to perk up when they hear about a new package being offered by the Westin New York Grand Central. Dubbed the "Game Changer," the three-night package offers aspiring entrepreneurs a premium Corner King room (pictured), complimentary New Balance sneakers and workout clothes (for lending only), and free WiFi.
Pretty sweet deal, right?
Oh, wait. We almost forgot the most important part! "Game Changer" guests will also receive a half hour consultation with the shark himself, Daymond John, via Skype or in person. Yes, the FUBU man himself.
The package is named after Game Changer Meetings, a service designed to connect business people all over the world with top experts in their respective industries. Of course, it depends what your chosen industry is. For example, if it has anything to do with suspicious-looking cigarettes, then these guys probably can't help you.
Listen here, you don't have to admit it, but we know at some point you watched Beverly Hills 90210. And for most of us, whether we secretly lusted for Dillon ( Luke Perry) or Brandon (Jason Priestley, but were stuck with a David Silver-type (Brian Austin Green), many of us were not Kelly's or Brenda's either. In fact, we were the Andrea Zuckerman's, and she, or rather Gabrielle Carteris, just happened to be in one of our favorite hotels, New York's Andaz 5th Avenue.
Now we know this place is a hot spot for bold names--everyone from Flo Rida to Kate Hudson comes here at one point or another, but it was refreshing to hear a throwback name making an appearance. We wanted to reach for our AquaNet, don some Bass Weejuns, tuck and roll up our jeans in that weird way (you know what we mean) and run down for an autograph.
One of our favorite HC tipsters was lunching at the Andaz when she realized she was smack dab next to our bespeckled babe--and she was, wasn't she, in that sorta librarian type of way? Always looking wiser than her years? And now we see she's 52 years old and we're a tad freaked out by that, because that means y'all are getting old, friends.
Today we're drooling over a Sweet Suite—the kind of top-tier, five-star, too-expensive digs that most of us will never be able to afford. But that won't stop us from fantasizing! From newly-renovated suites to panoramic penthouses overlooking cities, we'll cover all the biggies in this ongoing series. Got a suite we should know about? Send us an email!
This past fall, One UN New York not only unveiled Phase 1 of its major renovation project, but also re-named the hotel (it used to be known as Millennium UN Plaza) in an effort to re-brand the hotel as a top luxury destination for the neighborhood. And one of the shining gems of the renovation is Suite 2932, located in the 154-room West Tower.
One of several duplex suites in the hotel, guests here certainly aren't lacking on space, with a giant living room, dedicated work space, a bedroom on the second floor, two bathrooms (with incredible views), and a minibar with a Nespresso machine.
But don't just take our word for it—click through the photo gallery and see for yourself!