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Mr. Guidry

Lee Guidry

Executive Chef, Seagar's Prime Steaks & Seafood - Hilton

A graduate of Delgado Culinary Institute in New Orleans, Executive Chef Lee Guidry has spent more than 11 years in the culinary industry, honing his skills through various positions in Nashville, Chicago, and Crestview, Florida. His passion for cooking stems from his summers spent in the south of Sardinia, Italy where he learned classic and regional Italian preparations. He also worked with classically trained chefs from Germany, France, Spain and Japan absorbing the distinct philosophies of each region's cooking techniques. Drawing on his expertise in authentic Italian techniques and his extensive time exploring the flavors of the coast, Chef Guidry delivers a signature style and experience unique to Seagar's.

Before joining Seagar's Prime Steaks & Seafood, Chef Guidry dedicated two years to the Meli Cafe Group in Chicago, where he designed, executed and oversaw their first venture into dinner service. He also spent four years as the head chef at SushiSamba Rio in Chicago, where he was responsible for all aspects of the hot kitchen and worked side-by-side with Chef Shige-san, a certified Sushi Chef in the U.S. Before that, Chef Guidry worked as executive chef at Bound'ry in Nashville, where he designed seasonal menus featuring local products .

In addition to his culinary arts and chef training at Delgado Culinary Institute in New Orleans, Chef Guidry studied Psychology at the University of Southern Alabama in Mobile. He is also continuing his education through the ACF Florida program to obtain a certified executive chef title and is a certified foodservice manager in the state of Florida and the city of Chicago. He was voted "Top Ten Young Chefs" by Sarasota Magazine and nominated for "Best Chef Chicago" in 2012 by Best Chefs America.

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

Mr. Guidry can be contacted at +1 850-622-1500 or lguidry@hiltonsandestinbeach.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.