Friday, February 20, 2009

Monettes at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in Hawaii Names Executive Chef

Monettes, a new fine dining restaurant at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel founded by the owners of the award-winning Flagstaff House Restaurant in Boulder, Colorado, welcomes Matt Zubrod as Executive Chef.

“Chef Zubrod has an enthusiasm for cuisine that is both playful and very well crafted,” said Mark Monette, Owner/Chef of Monettes. “He has a wealth of experience in hotel restaurant management, and has a true passion for the art of cooking. We look forward to his influence on the overall dining experience we will be providing at Monettes.”

Chef Zubrod brings to Monettes nearly 20 years of culinary and hotel restaurant management experience in various Mobile Four-Star and Five-Star properties in the U.S. and Paris.

“Opening a restaurant in Hawaii is an exciting culinary adventure for two of Colorado’s most esteemed chefs. They are combining a bit of refined rocky mountain cuisine with fresh island specialty foods,” said Scott Monette, Owner of Monettes.

Prior to joining Monettes, Chef Zubrod was Executive Chef and Managing Partner at DishAspen in Aspen, Colorado, where he was featured in various publications including Wine Spectator, Esquire and USA Today.

Other experience includes:
15 years with the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company where he served in several Mobile Four-Star and Five-Star properties, including Ritz Carlton-Boston, Ritz Carlton-Naples and Ritz Carlton-Aspen Highlands;
Executive Chef at the Vail Cascade Club and Spa, where he was awarded the AAA Four Diamond Award;
Stagiere at The Chanticleer Restaurant in Nantucket, Massachusetts and in Parisat Michel Rostang and Philipe Groult’s Ampycles.
In addition, Chef Zubrod was recognized twice as one of America’s Best Hotel Chefs by the James Beard Foundation; one of the highest honors for food professionals. He was also a competitor on Food Network’s Iron Chef America in 2007.

Born in Newton, Massachusetts, Chef Zubrod spent most of his life in Kennebunkport, Maine. His culinary training began with an apprenticeship program with The Ritz-Carlton, Boston in 1989, where he received certification and further education from Newbury College in Brookline, Mass.

About Monettes
Located at the prestigious Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in Hawaii, Monettes was founded by brothers Mark and Scott Monette, owners of the award-winning Flagstaff House Restaurant in Boulder, Colorado. Monettes offers American French cuisine with island influences combined with the world-class, award-winning service that the Monette family has become known for over the past 38 years. Monettes also offers a more casual dining experience in an outdoor setting at the Bar M Café. For more information about Monettes visit; for more information about Flagstaff House Restaurant visit

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