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Hyatt Regency Savannah Names James Morin Executive Chef of Moss + Oak Savannah Eatery

SAVANNAH, GA. May 3, 2017 — Hyatt Regency Savannah, a full-service, contemporary waterfront hotel, is pleased to announce James Morin as executive chef. Morin, who joined the team in August 2016, conceptualized the hotel’s new restaurant, Moss + Oak Savannah Eatery. The outlet, which focuses on fresh ingredients and regional heritage, features a traditional dining space, bar, and quick-stop market. Menu items feature many Savannah-style cast iron preparations with seasonal ingredients supplied by top-tier local farms.

Before his move to Savannah, Morin served as executive sous chef at Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay and Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach. No stranger to the Hyatt brand, Morin worked in his Canadian hometown at Hyatt Regency Calgary for over ten years starting as an entry-level cook, and eventually graduated to the role of chef de cuisine.

“We are delighted to welcome chef James to Savannah,” said general manager Dan Johnson. “His commitment to quality and creativity will mark Moss + Oak as a top dining destination in Savannah.”

Morin is passionate about sourcing produce from local farmers and staying true to traditional low country cuisine. He designed the menu to reflect authentic southern dishes such as Shrimp and Grits, Buttermilk Fried Chicken and She Crab Soup. The chef also curates a rooftop garden, which features a variety of herbs and honey in partnership with Savannah Bee Company. Each ingredient incorporated in the menu has been designed by the chef to enhance the souths most popular flavors.

“Good food is a reflection of the relationships with the local food community and the abundance of diverse products available,” Morin said. “Moss + Oak Savannah Eatery is the go-to destination in Savannah for locals and visitors alike to experience simple, southern cooking prepared with the freshest ingredients.”

Morin, a native of Canada, graduated from Southern Alberta Institute of Technology’s professional cooking program.

Reservations at Moss + Oak Savannah Eatery are not required, but can be made by calling (912) 238-1234, visiting savannah.regency.hyatt.com or via Open Table.

About Hyatt Regency hotels

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The Company's subsidiaries manage, franchise, own and develop hotels and resorts under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place® and Hyatt HouseTM. Hyatt House is changing its brand identity from Hyatt Summerfield Suites®. Hyatt Residential Group, Inc., a Hyatt Hotels Corporation subsidiary, develops, operates, markets or licenses Hyatt ResidencesTM and Hyatt Residence ClubTM. As of June 30, 2012, the Company's worldwide portfolio consisted of 492 properties in 45 countries. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com

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