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Grace Bay Resorts Welcomes Christopher Meredith as New Group Director of Food & Beverage

PROVIDENCIALES, TC. May 8, 2017 – Grace Bay Resorts today announced the appointment of Chef Christopher Meredith as Group Director of Food & Beverage. Meredith brings more than 20 years of extensive knowledge in the food and beverage industry to the role, where he is responsible for the management and successful operation of all dining outlets at Grace Bay Resorts’ properties, including Grace Bay Club, West Bay Club and The Private Villa Collection.

“There are chefs who have mastered fine dining, chefs who thrive in an ultra luxury resort setting, and chefs who flourish in a Caribbean environment—but Chris’ unique ability to excel in all three of these areas at once makes him perfectly suited to lead the Food & Beverage team at Grace Bay Resorts,” said Nikheel Advani, Chief Operating Officer and Principal of Grace Bay Resorts. “Chris is excited, we’re excited, and—most important—our guests are excited for this new chapter in Grace Bay Resorts’ culinary story.”

Meredith launched his career in the United Kingdom where he rose through the ranks at some of the top Michelin-starred kitchens in the world. At the age of 29, Meredith landed the title of Executive Chef at The Samling Hotel in Ambleside, where he earned his first Michelin Star. He went on to earn his second Michelin Star when he headed the kitchen at Gilpin Lodge, and was named Upcoming Chef of the Year by Relais and Chateaux in 2007.

Meredith went on to hold leadership positions at renowned eateries across the United Kingdom, including Culinary Director at Punch Bowl Inn, which was named Michelin Pub of the Year in 2009 under his supervision, and Executive Chef at Coworth Park, a luxurious five-star country house hotel and part of the iconic Dorchester Collection. Next, he served as Executive Chef at the iconic Sandy Lane resort in Barbados before moving on to the role of Culinary Director at Raffles Seychelles, a luxury resort in the heart of Praslin, where he oversaw ten separate food and beverage outlets and led a team of more than 110 staff members before joining the team at Grace Bay Resorts.

When not in the kitchen, Chris enjoys cycling, squash, motorsports and paddle boarding with his daughter. He currently resides in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos and is excited to oversee Grace Bay Resorts’ gourmet eateries, which include Grace Bay Club’s signature Infiniti Restaurant & Raw Bar, The Grill, Stix pop-up restaurant on the beach, as well as beachfront Drift restaurant at West Bay Club.

About Grace Bay Resorts

Grace Bay Resorts is a boutique developer and operator of high-end, luxury resorts and branded holiday villas, founded from its flagship property Grace Bay Club which opened in 1993. The brand has grown in recent years with an ownership stake in the management of West Bay Club and The Private Villa Collection, a compilation of luxury freestanding private beachfront villas, all in Turks and Caicos. Led by Mark Durliat and Nikheel Advani, the developers and hoteliers behind this renowned brand, and Michael Brewster, Grace Bay Resorts provides development, branding and management expertise for luxury five-star boutique hotels and branded holiday villas. Grace Bay Resorts is expanding its award-winning brand and services across the Caribbean destinations and Latin America, with a target of 10 properties in the next few years. www.gracebayresorts.com

Contact:
Hayley Loft
hayley.loft@smapr.com
212.957.3005

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