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Mr. Casanova

Vic Casanova

Executive Chef, Balboa Bay Resort

Born and raised in the Bronx, Chef Vic Casanova started cooking at an early age simply because he needed a job. Instantaneously he was captured by the energy, aromas, and creativity of the kitchen.

Chef Casanova's culinary journey began on the East Coast at the Institute of Culinary Education in lower Manhattan where he graduated with a degree in culinary arts, management, and hospitality. He commenced his training at New York's renowned Beppe, then advanced it further under Chef Scott Conant at the chic, Northern Italy-influenced Alto before relocating to San Francisco. He attributes his ongoing love of food to Chef Cesare Casella, whose guidance at Beppe restaurant in New York deeply influenced his approach.

Fresh out of culinary school, Chef Casanova honed his skills as a line cook at Daniel Boulud's French-American DB Bistro Moderne and Danny Meyer's celebrated institution Gramercy Tavern. Chef Vic moved west when he joined Il Terrazzo's culinary team at The Phoenician, A Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale.

In 2009, Chef Casanova helped open Culina Modern Italian at the AAA Five-Diamond Four Seasons Los Angeles in Beverly Hills as Executive Chef where he expertly prepared modern Italian fare. While at Culina, he was named one of the city's "Rising Star Chefs" by Modern Luxury and Culina was crowned Esquire's Best New Restaurant in America. He also competed in the premiere episode of the 10th season of Iron Chef America.

Chef Casanova joined Balboa Bay Resort as the resort's newest Executive Chef in March 2019.  He oversees the Resort's culinary portfolio, including banquets and catering, cafe, and two restaurants, A&O Kitchen+Bar and Waterline Newport Beach.

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

Mr. Casanova can be contacted at +1 949-645-5000 or vcasanova@balboabayresort.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.