Industry Update
Appointment29 October 2020

Claudette Zepeda

Appointed Executive Chef
At Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas in North County - CA, USA

Claudette Zepeda

Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas today announced San Diego-based James Beard Award semifinalist Claudette Zepeda as Executive Chef. In this role, she will oversee the opening of multiple food & beverage concepts and lead the culinary team at the highly anticipated hotel that is slated to open in early 2021. Located in one of Southern California's most iconic seaside towns along the coastal bluffs, the opening of the 130-room Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas will mark a significant milestone, as the Alila brand's first new-build resort in the Americas and only the second Alila property in the U.S.

Most recently, Chef Zepeda garnered national acclaim for her time as the executive chef and partner at El Jardín, a regional Mexican restaurant in downtown San Diego. During her tenure, El Jardín was included on Esquire's 2018 Best New Restaurants list and was named to Michelin's on Bib Gourmand list in 2019. She was named "Chef of the Year" by Eater San Diego and the San Diego Union Tribune in 2018 and was a James Beard Best Chef West semifinalist in 2019. Prior to El Jardín, Zepeda was chef de cuisine at Javier Plascencia's celebrated Bracero and competed on Bravo's "Top Chef" Season 15 and "Top Chef Mexico."

At Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas, Chef Zepeda will lead all culinary offerings at the Resort, including its signature restaurant, VAGA Restaurant & Bar; inviting locals and travelers to experience the confluence of rich and diverse cultures in San Diego through her vibrant cuisine. Chef Zepeda's commitment to responsible sourcing will be revealed through a menu that showcases the simplicity of California cooking.

Guests at VAGA will have the opportunity to pair their meal with dramatic coastal views or peek behind the scenes with a front-row seat to Chef Zepeda's open kitchen - both certain to delight the senses. The beverage program will maintain seasonality and integrate ingredients from the dining menu, featuring rotating signature cocktails, local microbrewers and a wine list carefully curated with thoughtful selections of natural wines utilizing grapes from low intervention/biodynamic vineyards.

Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 20 premier brands. As of September 30, 2019, the Company's portfolio included more than 875 properties in over 60 countries across six continents.
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