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April 21, 2010

Sasha Hlozek / Deserae del Campo
Cheryl Andrews Marketing
305-444-4033 /

Waterfront Restaurant celebrates global culinary themes and Junior Chef of the Year title

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (April 21, 2010) – After hosting two major global events last year and catering to the palates of dignitaries such as Queen Elizabeth II, President Barack Obama, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Gordon Brown and Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, the team at Hyatt Regency Trinidad knows what it takes to achieve culinary excellence and continues to receive recognition.  In addition to bringing new flavors from around the world to guests each Wednesday, the Trinidad Hotels, Restaurants & Tourism Association recently named Hyatt Regency Trinidad's Abhay Nair Junior Chef of the Year.

The culinary competition took place over a three-week period and chefs from all restaurants and hotels on the island were invited to participate. After each preparing three dishes for the judges, the field of ten chefs in the junior category was narrowed to just four. In the final round, Nair was given a mystery basket from which he had to create a dish on the spot. His winning creation consisted of "Massala" roasted chicken in a honey and curry sauce, creamy "oil down", cashew and chandon beni pesto, pak choi, eggplant and butternut squash choka salad with a citrus Angostura dressing. As Junior Chef of the Year at just 21 years old, Nair has been selected to be a member of the national culinary team that will represent Trinidad and Tobago at the International Culinary Competition on June 24 in Puerto Rico.

"We're all very proud of Abhay for winning this important culinary competition," said Executive Chef Fernando Franco.  "We continuously strive to offer our guests interesting new dishes and with our promising young talent, we're confident we will be able to keep raising the bar in terms of what we bring to the table."

Guests can get a taste of Nair's talent each Wednesday night at Waterfront, the hotel's contemporary Caribbean restaurant, as they invite guests to take their palate on a different journey.  On the first Wednesday of each month, Argentinean Chef Fernando Franco prepares some of his favorites for Argentina Night. The second Wednesday brings an exceptional feast of Indian cuisine with a buffet-style menu.  Guests can delight in mouth-watering Caribbean flavors on the third Wednesday, including dishes incorporating fresh local seafood, herbs and coconut.  The fourth Wednesday of each month offers a taste of Asia with wok specialties, various Chinese sweets and salads. For reservations or more information, visit or call 1-800-233-1234.

About Hyatt Regency Trinidad
Designed as the premier meeting, convention, business, event and leisure travel property, the 428-room Hyatt is situated in the Port of Spain International Waterfront Development. The Hyatt's versatile event space showcases a 16,000 square-foot Grand Ballroom and a 10,000 square-foot Ballroom with translation facilities. Other guest facilities include one full-service restaurant, a lobby bar and lounge, a fitness center and the 9,000 square-foot Spa Esencia. To book on-line, visit or call 1-800-233-1234.Guests who would like to make a reservation from Trinidad & Tobago can also dial 868-623-2222.High resolution images may be downloaded from

About Hyatt Regency
Hyatt Regency encompasses the full spectrum of hotel types, which are conveniently located in urban, suburban, airport, convention and resort destinations around the world. Properties range in size from 200 to more than 2,000 rooms, feature intimate and large meeting spaces, and offer a full range of services and dining options tailored to serve the needs of conventions, business travelers or resort vacationers. Hyatt Regency enables all guests – whether they are traveling to work, unwind or gather in celebration – to feel productive and revitalized. For more information and reservations, visit

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