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Mr. Gervais

Mathias Gervais

Executive Chef, The Setai, Miami Beach

Mathias Gervais, Executive Chef at The Setai, Miami Beach, is a prodigy in the world of fine cuisine. As one of the youngest chefs to make a splash on Miami's burgeoning culinary scene, Chef Gervais brings an extensive history of fine dining experience to The Setai. Chef Gervais has an impressive resume that rivals the credentials of the most recognized chefs in the world with international culinary experience at five Michelin star-rated restaurants in France, Italy and Monaco. Holding Chef de Cuisine and Executive Sous Chef positions in the world's top kitchens, Chef Gervais honed his culinary skills working alongside renowned chefs including Annie Feolde at three Michelin star rated L'Enoteca Pincchiorri in Florence, as well as Joël Robuchon, Christophe Cussac and Takeo Yamazaki at the Hotel Metropole in Monte Carlo, Monaco, in the hotel's one and two Michelin star rated restaurants. Chef Gervais, who is originally from the south of France, specializes in a mix of French, Italian and Japanese cuisines with a focus on traditional gastronomic Japanese flavors. As Executive Chef of The Setai, Chef Gervais focuses on the hotel's foundation of Asian simplicity embracing an uncomplicated approach to the dining experience that creatively combines flavors while showcasing the singular quality of ingredients. His fundamental understanding of the hotel's Far East- and European-inspired offerings sets the stage for the creation of innovative concepts using every tool in his culinary repertoire, including the wok, steamer, tandoor and rotisserie. Chef Gervais travels to Japan frequently to visit family and friends where his interest in Asian-inspired cuisine transformed into a passion evident in his culinary style.

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

Mr. Gervais can be contacted at 305-520-6000 or mgervais@thesetaihotel.com

Coming up in February 2019...

Social Media: Getting Personal

There Social media platforms have revolutionized the hotel industry. Popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Tumblr now account for 2.3 billion active users, and this phenomenon has forever transformed how businesses interact with consumers. Given that social media allows for two-way communication between businesses and consumers, the emphasis of any marketing strategy must be to positively and personally engage the customer, and there are innumerable ways to accomplish that goal. One popular strategy is to encourage hotel guests to create their own personal content - typically videos and photos -which can be shared via their personal social media networks, reaching a sizeable audience. In addition, geo-locational tags and brand hashtags can be embedded in such posts which allow them to be found via metadata searches, substantially enlarging their scope. Influencer marketing is another prevalent social media strategy. Some hotels are paying popular social media stars and bloggers to endorse their brand on social media platforms. These kinds of endorsements generally elicit a strong response because the influencers are perceived as being trustworthy by their followers, and because an influencer's followers are likely to share similar psychographic and demographic traits. Travel review sites have also become vitally important in reputation management. Travelers consistently use social media to express pleasure or frustration about their guest experiences, so it is essential that every review be attended to personally. Assuming the responsibility to address and correct customer service concerns quickly is a way to mitigate complaints and to build brand loyalty. Plus, whether reviews are favorable or unfavorable, they are a vital source of information to managers about a hotel's operational performance.  The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to effectively incorporate social media strategies into their businesses.