Monday, March 24, 2008

Top OC Chefs Launch Recipe Website

The top chefs of coastal Orange County, California have joined together to launch a “Chef of the Month” online resource at, offering a rotating collection of some of their most sought-after recipes cooking tips and more. This new resource is sponsored by The OCeanfront, a unique destination alliance comprised of Orange County’s most luxurious coastal hotels & resorts, prominent shopping destinations and world-class golf courses.
Each month The OCeanfront’s “Chef of the Month” will showcase a different chef and provide new recipes and tips on a weekly basis. All recipes will be archived on the site. Currently, the site features Thomas Ryan, Executive Chef of Pelican Hill’s Pelican Grill, where he is letting foodies in on his famed Tempura King Crab Salad. Chef Ryan is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York, and is working toward becoming a Certified Executive Chef (CEC) with the American Culinary Federation. In addition, he has honed his culinary and management skills through a variety of other training and educational programs including two apprenticeships at the Culinary Olympics, Frankfurt, Germany; “Ice Masters Training” with Mark Daukas, Irvine, Calif.; and wine training by sommeliers at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. He has participated in six annual Food and Wine Classics in Aspen, Colorado, and is a member of COPIA, The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts.
Recipe archives feature dishes from acclaimed Executive Chef Josef Lageder of Balboa Bay Club’s First Cabin Restaurant, as well as Executive Chef Bill Bracken of The Island Hotel Newport Beach’s Palm Terrace Restaurant and Chef De Cuisine Adam Navidi of Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa’s The Californian Restaurant. Chef Lageder is noted for both his traditional and contemporary approach to innovative and timeless dishes. His featured recipes include, Beef Consommé with Julienne of Chives Crepes and Quail Egg, Marinated Celery Root Salad, Roasted Holiday Goose and Gluehwein Spiced Wine. Chef Bill Bracken’s forward-thinking and inventive approach to food brings a special flare to the Palm Terrace’s signature American-style cuisine. Chef Bracken’s featured recipes include, Whole New Zealand Lamb Rack, Pan-Roasted Alaskan Halibut Chop, and Macaroni and Cheese. Chef Bracken is a recipient of the AAA Five Diamond Award. Chef Adam Navidi’s innovative creations have gained much recognition and garnered The Californian numerous accolades. His featured recipes include, Grilled Wild Summer Salmon with Oven Roasted Ratatouille, Yellow Tomato Emulsion & Intense Basil Oil, Stir-Fry Exotic Coastal Fruit Ginger Ice Cream, and Timbale of Avocado & California Estate Osetra Caviar.
Upcoming featured chefs will include Jeff Littlefield, Executive Chef of Shades Restaurant at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort; Executive Chef James Boyce of Studio, Montage’s signature restaurant; Executive Chef Lewis Butler, of Splashes at Surf & Sand Resort, as well as accomplished chefs from Laguna Cliffs Marriott, Newport Beach Marriott, St. Regis Monarch Beach, Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, South Coast Plaza, and Fashion Island. Cooking enthusiasts can also view Chef of the Month at www.

About The OCeanfront
The OCeanfront is the exclusive collection of Southern California’s four premier coastal communities and is home to some of the world’s most breathtaking beaches, award-winning resorts and spas, superior restaurants, championship golf, distinguished art and cultural events and venues, abundant outdoor activities, world-class shopping and much more. The OCeanfront hotels include: Balboa Bay Club & Resort; Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort; Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa; Hyatt Regency Newport Beach; The Island Hotel Newport Beach; Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa; Montage Resort & Spa; Newport Beach Marriott; St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach; and Surf & Sand Resort. Other members of The OCeanfront include Monarch Beach Golf Links, Pelican Hill Golf Club, Crystal Cove Promenade, Corona Del Mar Plaza, Fashion Island, South Coast Plaza, Anaheim/OC Visitor and Convention Bureau, Dana Point Visitors Bureau, Huntington Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau, Laguna Beach Visitors and Conference Bureau and Newport Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau. For more information, call 1-800-680-1249 or visit .

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