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Mr. Gervais

Mathias Gervais

Executive Chef, The Setai, Miami Beach

Mathias Gervais, Executive Chef at The Setai, Miami Beach, is a prodigy in the world of fine cuisine. As one of the youngest chefs to make a splash on Miami's burgeoning culinary scene, Chef Gervais brings an extensive history of fine dining experience to The Setai. Chef Gervais has an impressive resume that rivals the credentials of the most recognized chefs in the world with international culinary experience at five Michelin star-rated restaurants in France, Italy and Monaco. Holding Chef de Cuisine and Executive Sous Chef positions in the world's top kitchens, Chef Gervais honed his culinary skills working alongside renowned chefs including Annie Feolde at three Michelin star rated L'Enoteca Pincchiorri in Florence, as well as Joël Robuchon, Christophe Cussac and Takeo Yamazaki at the Hotel Metropole in Monte Carlo, Monaco, in the hotel's one and two Michelin star rated restaurants. Chef Gervais, who is originally from the south of France, specializes in a mix of French, Italian and Japanese cuisines with a focus on traditional gastronomic Japanese flavors. As Executive Chef of The Setai, Chef Gervais focuses on the hotel's foundation of Asian simplicity embracing an uncomplicated approach to the dining experience that creatively combines flavors while showcasing the singular quality of ingredients. His fundamental understanding of the hotel's Far East- and European-inspired offerings sets the stage for the creation of innovative concepts using every tool in his culinary repertoire, including the wok, steamer, tandoor and rotisserie. Chef Gervais travels to Japan frequently to visit family and friends where his interest in Asian-inspired cuisine transformed into a passion evident in his culinary style.

Please visit http://www.thesetaihotel.com for more information.

Mr. Gervais can be contacted at 305-520-6000 or mgervais@thesetaihotel.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.