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Mr. Contreras

Brian Contreras

Director of Culinary Operations, Americas, Hyatt Place & Hyatt House

Brian Contreras was named director of culinary operations for the Hyatt Place and Hyatt House brands in February 2018. In this role, Chef Contreras supports more than 400 Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels in the Americas, which includes menu development, food and beverage training and design services consulting.

Most recently, Chef Contreras was responsible for reimagining the Hyatt Place breakfast experience, which now gives guests the option to choose from a variety of high-quality breakfast offerings that draw from food culture from five regions across the country, including the Atlantic, South, Heartland, Southwest, and West Coast. The complimentary breakfast for World of Hyatt members focuses on holistic, regional and craft food offerings that closely align with Hyatt's Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served. philosophy.

Originally from Arizona, Chef Contreras began his career at Hyatt in 2010 as a line cook at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Ariz., and soon after was appointed to supervisor. He then served as chef de cuisine at The Driskill in Austin, Tex., where he oversaw the operations of the hotel's 1886 Cafe, The Driskill Bar and The Driskill Grill.

In 2016, Chef Contreras returned to Hyatt Regency Scottsdale as executive sous chef, where he was responsible for running the hotel's 10 food and beverage outlets, which included banquet operations, spa, in-room dining, and the market. Prior to Hyatt, Chef Contreras held a variety of roles at independent restaurants, including chef de cuisine at Eddie's House, a restaurant run by Chef Eddie Matney, a celebrity chef in Arizona.

Chef Contreras graduated from University of Arizona and Arizona Culinary Institute. He currently lives in Chicago with his family.

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

Mr. Contreras can be contacted at +1 847-864-2300 or brian.contreras@hyatt.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.