Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New Canyon Ranch Menu Features Locally-Inspired Dishes from a New Chef

Canyon Ranch Hotel and Spa Miami Beach announces the appointment of Giovanni Arias as new executive chef. Chef Arias, who will oversee both The Canyon Ranch Grill and the hotel's complete food and beverage program, brings a fresh approach and 18 years of experience to the position. Trend-savvy Arias will fuse his taste for bold flavor profiles and passion for experimentation with Canyon Ranch's savory award-winning cuisine.

The Johnson and Wales Culinary Arts program graduate is considered a "flavor genius," melding Latin and Caribbean profiles with French and Oriental cooking techniques to transform his dishes. At Canyon Ranch, he will lend these influences to the hotel's newly introduced menu.

Seasonal dishes sourced with local organic and biodynamic ingredients, the cornerstone of the hotel's renowned health-conscious cuisine, will be the focus of the new menu. Featured dishes include Seared Scallops with mango coconut glaze and micro cilantro, Springer Mountain Farms Chicken Breast, yucca crusted with black bean puree and Brazilian cabbage and more.

Chef Arias' career highlights include being named executive chef at Allen Susser's Chef Allen’s Restaurant (AAA Five Diamond Award winner and Food and Wine's Best Miami Restaurant in 2004) and opening Chef Robin Hass' second Chispa Restaurant and Bar location. He also was executive chef and partner at Capital Grille in Miami.

About Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa, Miami Beach
Opened in November 2008, Canyon Ranch Hotel and Spa Miami Beach is the nation's first luxury boutique hotel dedicated to wellness; inspiring guests with its relaxed and understated elegance, award-winning spa and fitness facilities, expert guidance and holistic approach to healthy living. Housed in the historic and beautifully restored Carillon Hotel, this unique Miami Beach hotel combines the amazing possibilities of the acclaimed Canyon Ranch health resorts with the flexibility of a la carte spa and health services.

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