Monday, September 27, 2010

Monterey Bay Aquarium Selects Chef Cindy Pawlcyn

Chef Cindy Pawlcyn, one of America’s most respected chefs and a pioneer in the development of farm-to-table cuisine, was selected today, in partnership with ARAMARK, to manage the culinary services of the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium. The culinary collaboration of Cindy Pawlcyn, her partner Sean Knight and ARAMARK, a leader in providing food services to a variety of destinations, will bring her cooking philosophy to all aspects of the aquarium’s food and beverage program, including its self-service café, full-service restaurant and private event catering.

“We are very pleased to announce this new partnership,” said Julie Packard, executive director of the aquarium. “Cindy Pawlcyn has an extraordinary reputation as a chef and an advocate for sustainable cuisine and Seafood Watch. We’re delighted that our daytime guests, and attendees at evening events, will be treated to dishes that reflect her culinary vision.”

Cindy Pawlcyn, creator of Mustards Grill and many other critically acclaimed restaurants, will bring her cooking and guest service philosophy to all areas of the aquarium’s food and beverage program, including its self-service café, full-service restaurant and private-event catering.

“For 25 years, I have loved coming to the Monterey Bay Aquarium with family and friends. It is the best aquarium on the planet,” said Pawlcyn. “I am excited to bring our farm-to-table philosophy and sustainable, locally produced products to enhance the food experience of the Aquarium’s 1.8 million visitors per year. I look forward to working with new farmers, ranchers, fishermen and purveyors from the Monterey Bay region.” Pawlcyn emphasized her commitment to bringing an exciting, fresh perspective to this important part of the Aquarium’s guest experiences, while adhering to the highest standards of the Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program to provide healthy, delicious and satisfying food, sourced responsibly.

Cindy Pawlcyn’s restaurants have long been popular with both locals and a diverse tourism population. Pawlcyn and Knight own three of Napa Valley’s most successful restaurants, including the wine country icon Mustards Grill, and the St. Helena restaurants Go Fish and Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen.

ARAMARK has been a national partner of the Seafood Watch program since 2008 and is committed to the purchase of sustainable seafood for all of its operations across the U.S. The company will provide management support for the food operations at the Aquarium through its ARAMARK Parks and Destinations division.

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