Jay Taylor Named Restaurant Chef for The Wharf at Madison Beach Hotel
MADISON, Conn. - The Wharf Restaurant at Madison Beach Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, a AAA Four Diamond Award-winning boutique resort and chosen Hotel of the Year by Hilton, has named Jay Taylor as Restaurant Chef.
A graduate of Johnson & Wales University, Taylor’s passion for cooking began early. He was born on a Pennsylvania farm where his love of garden, land and farm-to-table was cultivated. In his teens, Taylor’s first restaurant jobs included Gourmet Galley in Westbrook and Cloud 9 in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.
His post-graduate culinary background includes positions at Kelley’s Caribbean Bar & Grill in Key West, Florida; Capitol Grill and four-star-rated Salute in Charlotte, North Carolina; and Copper Beech Inn in Ivoryton, Connecticut, where he honed his French cooking skills under Henri Laasakaon and François de Melouge. He also served as sous chef at Taino Smokehouse in Meriden, Connecticut, and Café Routier and Waters Edge Resort & Spa in Westbrook, Connecticut.
Taylor is a trained forager of ramps, herbs, mushrooms, beach plums and fiddleheads and learned under the tutelage of the renowned forager Gerry Miller.
“Jay’s impressive culinary talent and menu development skills will further enhance the award-winning dining experience for The Wharf,” says John Mathers, general manager, Madison Beach Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton.
Taylor resides in Chester, Connecticut. He has a daughter, Vanessa, and a four-legged son named Brutis.
About Madison Beach Hotel
Madison Beach Hotel is a AAA Four Diamond Award-winning boutique resort and was chosen as Hotel of the Year by Hilton, the highest hotel award across all Hilton brands. The hotel, with 32 rooms offering luxurious accommodations with sweeping ocean views, private balconies and beach, is part of Curio – A Collection by Hilton. Opened in May 2012, Madison Beach Hotel features The Wharf Restaurant with both dining room and porch seating, concierge spa, state-of-the-art fitness center and private yoga studio, and more than 5,000 square feet of private event space. Madison Beach Hotel is managed by Distinctive Hospitality Group.
About Distinctive Hospitality Group
Founded in 2010, Distinctive Hospitality Group is led by president and owner, Lou Carrier who offers years of experience in the hospitality industry and has overseen several the most successful hotel establishments in the country. Lou launched DHG with a mission to build a portfolio of unique high-end hotels and comprised a solid team of seasoned hospitality professionals to work towards his dream. Located in Natick, MA, DHG is quickly building a name for its constant dedication to overseeing projects with lasting power and quality, ones that provide hotel guests and restaurant diners with the utmost in experience, service, style and atmosphere. For more information, please visit: www.DistinctiveHospitalityGroup.com.
About Curio Collection by Hilton
Curio Collection by Hilton is an upper-upscale, global portfolio of nearly 80 one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts. Curio Collection properties provide travelers authentic, curated experiences through distinctly local offerings and unexpected amenities, while providing the benefits of Hilton and its award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors. Read the latest brand and hotel stories at newsroom.hilton.com/curio, and connect with Curio Collection on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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