Park Hyatt New York today announced the appointment of Gerard Spezio as Executive Chef of the hotel. Chef Spezio joins the five-star award-winning hotel with previous experience at various Hyatt properties nationally.
As Executive Chef of Park Hyatt New York, Chef Spezio oversees the dining outlet’s culinary offerings, ensuring locals and guests of the hotel receive an elite culinary experience. The hotel’s main restaurant, The Living Room, emulates the residential feel of an upscale New York City apartment and provides guests with continental breakfast, lunch, dinner, tapas-style appetizers, and more. Beverage options at The Living Room include signature cocktails handcrafted by professional mixologists as well as an array of formidable champagne and wine, all properly stored in the restaurant’s million-dollar wine cellar.
Chef Spezio has plans in place to introduce new seasonal menus, in preparation for the upcoming holiday season in New York City, featuring as many seasonal ingredients from the Hudson Valley region of the state as possible. Utilizing seasonal ingredients from New York state will help provide guests with an elevated yet comforting culinary experience, while also supporting local farms and distributors. The first set of seasonal menus created by Chef Spezio can be viewed here.
“We’re delighted to welcome Chef Spezio to the team and look forward to witnessing his culinary vision come to life at The Living Room,” said Ebzant, who joined Park Hyatt New York as General Manager last year. “We trust his valuable experience will not only add to the five-star customer service we strive to provide to our guests but also invite more New Yorkers to come and enjoy a delectable meal, with ingredients pridefully sourced from our own state, whenever they please.”
Born and raised in New York, Executive Chef Spezio found his passion for cooking early on through his family at the famed Neapolitan eatery, La Palina of Brooklyn. After many years in the family restaurant business, he later graduated from the School of Culinary Arts and began his career in hospitality under the guidance of “Iron Chef” Kerry Simon at The Plaza Hotel. In 2004, Chef Spezio joined the Hyatt family as Chef de Cuisine for Hyatt Regency Greenwich and was quickly promoted to Executive Sous Chef. Chef Spezio continued his successful career with Hyatt with many task force-specific and hotel-opening roles. He most recently held the position of Executive Chef at Hyatt Regency Morristown and Thompson Central Park New York. As the Executive Chef for Park Hyatt New York, his deeply rooted New York culinary upbringing is featured in all of his dishes throughout the hotel’s five-star guest experience.
About Park Hyatt New York
Situated directly across the street from Carnegie Hall, one block from Central Park and a short distance to MoMA and Lincoln Center, the 210-room Park Hyatt New York is a five-star hotel offering proximity to global icons of both culture and industry. Along with the striking interior architectural design and a rotating art collection setting the backdrop for bespoke events, the award-winning property features spacious guestrooms inspired by New York’s most well-appointed homes with an abundance of natural light and luxurious spa-like bathrooms. Located on the hotel’s 25th floor, Spa Nalai provides magnificent amenities and personalized services for optimal wellness and relaxation, such as an indoor saltwater swimming pool, eucalyptus steam room, oversized hot tub, 24-hour fitness center, and the newly-opened Rossano Ferretti Hairspa boasting awe-inspiring views of the Manhattan skyline. For more information, visit parkhyattnewyork.com. Follow @ParkHyattNY on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and tag photos with #LuxuryIsPersonal.
About Park Hyatt
Park Hyatt hotels provide discerning, global travelers with a refined home-away-from-home. Guests of Park Hyatt hotels receive quietly confident and personalized service in an enriching environment. Located in several of the world’s premier destinations, each Park Hyatt hotel is custom-designed to combine sophistication with understated luxury. Park Hyatt hotels feature well-appointed guestrooms, world-renowned artwork and design, rare and immersive culinary experiences, and signature restaurants featuring award-winning chefs. There are currently 44 Park Hyatt hotels in the following locations: Abu Dhabi, Auckland, Bangkok, Beaver Creek, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Busan, Canberra, Changbaishan, Carlsbad, Chennai, Chicago, Doha, Dubai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Hyderabad, Istanbul, Jakarta, Jeddah, Kyoto, Maldives, Melbourne, Mendoza, Milan, New York, Ningbo, Niseko, Paris, Saigon, Sanya, Seoul, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Siem Reap, St. Kitts, Suzhou, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Vienna, Washington, D.C., Zanzibar, and Zurich. For more information, please visit parkhyatt.com. Follow @ParkHyatt on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and tag photos with #LuxuryIsPersonal.