Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach's premier waterfront resort, is pleased to announce the appointment of Prabeen Prathapan as executive chef. Bringing more than 17 years of hospitality experience, Prathapan will oversee the development and menu planning of the resort's signature restaurant, A+O Restaurant | Bar, as well as the culinary offerings at the newly debuted Lighthouse Room, an indoor-outdoor gathering space for social events and host of the resort's Seafood Sunday Brunch series. Additionally, Prathapan will be responsible for spearheading the award-winning resort's overall culinary programming, including in-room dining services and private events.
Prior to joining Balboa Bay Resort, Prathapan served as executive chef of Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, where he enhanced the entire food and beverage operation, which resulted in the resort regaining its prestigious AAA Four-Diamond recognition. Previously he held an executive sous chef position at Montage Laguna Beach where he was responsible for overseeing daily culinary operations. He also served as chef de cuisine at Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas, overseeing MOzen Bistro and in-room dining.
In 2004, Chef Prabeen earned his Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Hospitality Administration from the Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology in Trivandrum, India. This led him to gaining experience across the Taj Hotels portfolio, such as management trainee at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi and sous chef at the Taj Fisherman's Cove in Chennai, India. While in India, he was able to master an abundance of regional cuisines, which prepared him for the opening of Taj Boston.
Recent Appointments at Balboa Bay Resort
27 August 2021 — Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach's premier waterfront resort, is pleased to announce the appointment of Francine Slosser as director of marketing. Slosser's career in hospitality and marketing spans more than 20 years with companies such as Hyatt Hotels, Hilton Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, and more.
6 March 2020 — Balboa Bay Resort, the premier waterfront resort in Newport Beach, California, is pleased to announce the appointment of Octavio Sabado as its new Executive Chef. With two decades of culinary experience, Chef Sabado will oversee the resort's culinary portfolio including the property's two waterfront restaurants, Waterline and A&O Kitchen+Bar, café, banquets and catering, and in-room dining.
9 January 2020 — Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach's premier waterfront resort, is pleased to announce the appointment of Marina Dutton as its new General Manager. With over 22 years of hospitality experience, Dutton will now manage all operations, food and beverage, sales and marketing.