Miramonte Resort & Spa Appoints Lead Culinary Team
Seasoned Director of F&B and new Executive Chef bring years of expertise to Indian Wells’ premier resort
Miramonte Resort & Spa, A Destination Hotel, located in Coachella Valley just outside of Palm Springs, is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to its executive culinary team: Jeffrey “JC” Converse, C.S.W as Director of Food & Beverage and Paul Hancock as Executive Chef.
Converse joins Miramonte from the Aramark Sports and Entertainment beverage alcohol service and sales program at the Anaheim Convention Center where he served as Beverage Operations Manager. A top-performing food & beverage professional, Converse is credited with combining sales, marketing, and business development expertise to deliver substantial revenue growth in highly competitive markets. He possesses exceptional expertise in strategic concept and menu development while meeting the bottom line. In his new role at Miramonte, Converse will oversee the food and beverage operations at the resort and ensure the culinary offerings meet and exceed guests’ needs. Converse will focus on increasing revenue and maximizing the financial performance of the department while also maintaining employee and guest satisfaction.
Serving most recently as Assistant Director of Culinary Experiences at The Camby, A Destination Hotel, in Phoenix, AZ, Executive Chef Paul Hancock has been brought on board to oversee all culinary operations for the 11-acre property. Having spent more than a decade working in hotel kitchens around the country, Chef Hancock has held positions such as Executive Sous Chef at the Diplomat Country Club, Resort & Spa in Hollywood, FL, Executive Chef Consultant at Temecula Creek Inn in Temecula, CA, as well as a chef apprenticeship with L’auberge de l’Erdian in Veyier Du Lac, France. In his new role as executive chef at Miramonte, Chef Hancock will oversee all daily kitchen operations and menus ensuring the highest standard of culinary excellence and the use of seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients.
“JC and Paul are a dynamic addition to the team and are going to raise the bar on culinary experiences here in Coachella Valley,” said General Manager Mark Jeffrey. “They’re already hard at work reinventing our offerings and creating the fresh ideas they will bring to Miramonte’s farm-to-fork culinary program. Meanwhile, I’ve had to start putting in extra time at the gym since they’ve’ been here!”
Through the combination of strengths from Hancock’s repertoire and under the leadership of Converse, an exceptional food and beverage program is in store for guests. The duo will work together to strengthen the culinary experience, from the pool menus to fine dining and everything in between.
ABOUT MIRAMONTE RESORT & SPA, A DESTINATION HOTEL
Miramonte Resort & Spa brings the spirit of the Mediterranean to the California desert community. The 215-room resort features the award-winning THE WELL® Spa, the acclaimed Mediterranean-inspired Grove Artisan Kitchen and Vineyard Lounge, three resort pools, a 24-hour fitness center, access to premier golf and tennis and much more. Follow us on Twitter: @MiramonteResort. Like us on Facebook: MiramonteResort.
ABOUT DESTINATION HOTELS
Destination Hotels (Destination) is a collection of luxury and upscale independent hotels, resorts and residences across the United States. Offering authentically immersed and enriching experiences, each property is individual at heart, yet connected by a commitment to drawing upon the best of each location. Highly distinct, the Destination experience is always memorable and matchless; guests will feel the locale in a genuine way through each property and during the engaging moments cultivated both in and outside of them. Continuously growing with more than 45 properties from coast to coast, the award-winning portfolio features 20 renowned golf courses, 20 indigenous spas, and 110 exceptional bars and restaurants. Destination Hotels are true to our place; diverse by design. For more information, visit www.destinationhotels.com. Follow us on Twitter: @Destination. Like us on Facebook: DestinationHotels.