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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 July 2019...

Hotel Spa: Pursuing Distinction

The Wellness Movement continues to evolve and hotel spas continue to innovate in order to keep pace. Fueled by intense competition within the industry, hotel spas are seeking creative ways to differentiate themselves in the market. An increasing number of customers are searching for very specific, niche treatments that address their particular health concerns and, as a result, some leading spas have achieved distinction by offering only one specialized treatment. Meditation and mindfulness practices are becoming increasingly mainstream as are alternative treatments and therapies, such as Ayurvedic therapies, Reiki, energy work and salt therapy. Some spas specialize in stress management and offer lifestyle coaching sessions as part of their program.  Other spas are fully embracing new technologies as a way to differentiate themselves, such as providing wearable devices that track health and fitness biomarkers, or robots programmed with artificial intelligence to control spa environments, or virtual reality add-ons that transport guests to relaxing places around the world. Some spas have chosen to specialize in medical procedures such as liposuction, laser skin therapy, phototherapy facials, Botox and facial fillers, acupuncture and permanent hair removal, in addition to cosmetic body shaping procedures and  teeth whitening treatments. Similarly, other spas are offering comprehensive health check-ups and counseling services for those who are interested in disease prevention treatments. Finally, as hotel spas continue to become more diverse, accessible and specialized, there is a growing demand for health professionals with a specific area of expertise. There is a proliferation of top class, quality wellness practitioners who make a name for themselves by offering their services around the globe, including athletes, chefs, doctors, physical trainers and weight loss specialists. The July issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these trends and developments and examine how some hotel spas are integrating them into their operations.