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Sunday, October 11, 2009

New Executive Chef for Park Hyatt Sydney


Andrew McKee returns to Sydney to take the reins of harbourkitchen&bar

Park Hyatt Sydney is pleased to announce that Andrew McKee will take the reins as executive chef of iconic waterfront restaurant harbourkitchen&bar, effective 12 October 2009.

McKee returns to Sydney after five years working as a chef at leading hotels in Asia, and will manage Park Hyatt Sydney's day-to-day catering and lead the acclaimed waterfront restaurant harbourkitchen&bar.

With a wealth of experience under his belt and having cooked for some of the world's leading celebrities, McKee prides himself on sourcing the finest local seasonal produce, cooked simply and presented minimally with style.

McKee joins Park Hyatt Sydney from his most recent position as executive sous chef at Hyatt's flagship hotel, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong. However, while in Asia, McKee also had the pleasure of cooking for such high-profile celebrities as Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Orlando Bloom and more at one of Japan's most famous restaurants, the New York Grill in the renowned Park Hyatt Tokyo. Prior to that, McKee enjoyed his first international role at Aria Restaurant in the China World Hotel, Beijing.

Working internationally gave seasoned culinarian McKee the opportunity to work with world-renowned chefs, including Christian Le Squer (at the three Michelin star Pavillion de Ledoyen), Albert Portale (Gotham Bar and Grill, New York), Daniel Beloud (Daniel, New York), Shannon Bennet (Vue de Monde) and George Calombaris (The Press Club).

Before leaving Australian shores for Asia, McKee worked with some of Australia's best-loved chefs, including celebrity chef Darren Simpson at the famed Aqua Luna, and Paul Wilson and his team at radii in Park Hyatt Melbourne; he then followed Wilson to Botanical to take up the role of senior sous chef. McKee also assisted Damien Pignolet with the opening of the Bellevue Hotel in Sydney.

Thanks to its celebrated waterfront position, harbourkitchen&bar guests enjoy direct views of the Sydney Opera House and can hear water lapping through floor-to-ceiling folding glass doors. In the coming months, diners will be able to experience a new modern Australian menu created by executive chef Andrew McKee.

For bookings at harbourkitchen&bar, please call +61 2 9256 1661 or email hkbar@hyatt.com. The hotel is located at 7 Hickson Road, The Rocks, NSW Australia.


About Park Hyatt
Intimate and residential in style, Park Hyatt hotels promise elegant and gracious service on a personal scale, and are further distinguished by prime locations and exceptional interior design. Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and its subsidiaries operate 24 Park Hyatt hotels, with an additional 10 properties under development. Current locations include: Baku, Beaver Creek, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Canberra, Chicago, Dubai, Goa, Hamburg, Istanbul, Melbourne, Mendoza, Milan, Moscow, Paris, Philadelphia, Saigon, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Washington DC and Zurich.
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