Hyatt Chef Wins Culinary Challenge At Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay

By: Rachelle Lucas


Florida's long list of award-winning chefs is growing.  Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Sous Chef Noel Willhite just won the Florida-Caribbean bracket of Hyatt’s Good Taste Series Competition where each competitor used local ingredients, regional influences and healthy options to prepare three plates: one breakfast item, a lunch or dinner entrée and a kid’s meal.  Chef Willhite defeated 10 regional chefs and is now moving on to the national competition in Hawaii.

“We are extremely proud of Chef Willhite and all of the competitors who represent the fresh, creative talent we have within this company,” said Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay Executive Chef Byron Gabel, who served as the event’s master of ceremonies. “This innovative competition helps showcase not only our culinary talent but also our commitment to providing an authentic and healthy food and beverage experience for guests.”

As the winner, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Sous Chef Noel Willhite, received a Shun knife, a year subscription to the food magazine or cookbook of his choice, a $500 American Express gift card and an all-expense paid trip to the national competition. The final winner at the national competition will receive an additional week of vacation, paid travel and accommodations to their Hyatt destination of choice as well as bragging rights until next year’s challenge.

Congrats Chef Willhite! Those prizes are well-deserved.

For more information, visit Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay and Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa

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