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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@destinationhotels.com

Coming up in January 2018...

Mobile Technology: Relentless Innovation

Technology has become a crucial component in attracting and retaining hotel guests, and the need to enhance a guest’s technology experience is driving a relentless pace of innovation. To meet and exceed guest expectations, 54% of hotels will spend more on technology in 2018, and mobile solutions in particular will top the list of capital investments. Many hotels are integrating mobile booking, mobile keys, mobile payments and mobile check-in into their operations. Other hotels are emphasizing the in-room experience, boosting bandwidth and upgrading flat screen TVs to more easily interface with guest mobile devices. And though not yet mainstream, there are many exciting technology developments on the near horizon. The Internet of Things (loT) is taking form in some places, and can be found in guest room control systems, voice activation systems, and in wearable sensors that can be used for access and payment options. Virtual reality headsets are available at some hotels so guests can enjoy virtual trips to exotic locations or if off-property, preview conference facilities and guest rooms. How long will it be before a hotel employs a fleet of robots for room service, or utilizes a hologram as a concierge, or installs gesture-controlled walls that feature interactive digital displays? Some hotels are already using augmented reality for translation services, or interactive wall maps, or even virtual décor. This pace of innovation is challenging property owners and brands to stay on top of the latest technology trends while still addressing current projects. The January Hotel Business Review will explore what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in the mobile technology space.