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Mr. Hancock

Paul Hancock

Executive Chef, Miramonte Resort and Spa

Chef Paul Hancock took an interest in the kitchen at an early age. "I remember walking to the other side of the island and running home all wide-eyed, 'Mom, they fry their fish in peanut oil over there!'" He explains, "I just had that fascination with how other people did things, how they lived their lives and cooked their food."

And so began a path of culinary discovery, rich with fine dining experiences at exclusive supper clubs in North Carolina, and some of the South's legendary restaurants.

Ever eager for new challenges, Chef Hancock traveled to the French Alps to accomplish his chef's apprenticeship at L'auberge de L'Eridian under the tutelage of Chef Marc Veyrat—at the time a 3-star Michelin chef renowned for his foraging and use of wild herbs and ingredients. Chef Hancock quickly grasped the concept of great recipes and the meticulous steps that go into implementing them.

Not one to rest on his laurels, Chef Hancock's craftsmanship, resourcefulness, and wanderlust turned out to be a perfect match for super mega yachts; he spent 3 ½ years executing elaborate dinner parties while traveling the world with elite guests and international celebrities. Back in the States, Chef Hancock was instrumental in opening five-star fine dining and banquet experiences in Hollywood, Florida, including the now Diplomat Resort and Spa, receiving the four star four diamond award from AAA.

Here in California, Chef Paul has been called on by a long list of celebrity clients. Chef Hancock now calls Indian Wells home, delighted to share his farm-to-table values and focus on building new relationships in the small community of Indian Wells.

Please visit http://miramonteresort.com for more information.

Mr. Hancock can be contacted at 760-837-1631 or phancock@miramonteresort.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.