Grand Hyatt Nashville Announces New Executive Chef
Chef Khaled Tabet brings extensive experience leading gourmet restaurants at luxury properties
Grand Hyatt Nashville, the 25-floor luxury property located within the 18-acre Nashville Yards development, today announced Chef Khaled Tabet as the hotel’s new Executive Chef. Chef Tabet brings more than 22 years of experience holding leadership positions at restaurants and bars in New York City, Lebanon, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates. “I am thrilled Chef Tabet has joined our culinary team to further strengthen excellence throughout Grand Hyatt Nashville’s multiple food & beverage outlets,” said Marc Sternagel, Area General Manager. “With outside-the-box ideas guaranteed to impress even the most discerning foodies, he will help usher in a new era of creativity and innovation at our restaurants, bringing guests an even more unique culinary experience that blends international flavors with local flair.” Most recently, Chef Tabet served as the Executive Chef of the Conrad New York Downtown, ranked by Forbes as Hilton’s #1 hotel in North America, overseeing the famed Loopy Doopy rooftop bar and ATRIO wine bar and restaurant. Previously, he was the Executive Chef and Food and Beverage Director of the Roosevelt Hotel and the Novotel New York Times Square hotel. At Grand Hyatt Nashville, Chef Tabet will lead the menu development and operations of the hotel’s catering and events services as well as its multiple in-house dining outlets, including The Nashville Grange, a full-service restaurant serving Tennessee-to-table breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner options; lou/na, a 25th floor rooftop bar offering elevated cocktails and small bites; and Aurum, a gilded lobby bar with an expansive spirit list that showcases some of Nashville’s best live musicians every weekend. Chef Tabet will also manage the operations of three newly opened Nashville Yards food trucks: The Azalean, serving gourmet street tacos; The Pan American, featuring sandwiches and veggie burgers; and The Southwind, offering salads and creative specials like sushi, pad thai, and pad kee mao noodles. Bringing the same locally sourced ingredients and culinary vision of hotel’s restaurants to a more fast-casual environment, the food trucks are now open to the public and can be found serving lunch outside Amazon Nashville on weekdays. “I am honored to be leading such a talented team at one of the country’s top luxury hotels,” said Chef Tabet. “We’re evolving Music City’s culinary scene with new takes on classic recipes and incredible ingredients found across the community and region. As a chef, what could be more exciting than that? Grand Hyatt Nashville’s wide variety of dining options also offers a curated experience for everyone that comes through our doors – locals and travelers alike.” Originally from Beirut, Lebanon, Chef Tabet grew up during the Lebanese Civil War and was inspired to become a chef while learning to make traditional dishes from his mother. He remembers cooking at an early age as one of the few times that his family and friends were able to gather, forget the surrounding circumstances, and enjoy a few moments with each other. Chef Tabet’s heritage greatly influences his cooking style. His past signature desserts have included Bûche de Noël, a Lebanese “Christmas Log” made with coffee and chocolate; Knefeh, a subtly sweet pastry similar to cheesecake; and Osmalia, a thick cream sandwiched between layers of stringy dough and garnished with pistachios. Chef Tabet earned a Bachelor of Hotel Management in Beirut and participated in a Hotel Management Internship with the American Hospitality Academy in Orlando, Florida. After working in New York City for the last two decades, he now resides in Nashville with his family and enjoys traveling, hunting, fishing, and gardening. Located on Broadway within Nashville Yards, Grand Hyatt Nashville is surrounded by shopping, restaurants, bars, and entertainment. The 591-room hotel offers luxury accommodations and striking amenities; multiple in-house food and beverage offerings, including James Beard Award-winning chef Sean Brock’s newest dining concept The Continental; a 5th floor Lifestyle Level complete with state-of-the-art fitness center, roof deck pool, and a new luxury spa experience at R+R Wellness; and 77,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event space, nearly all of which each feature floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of downtown Nashville. Voted the #1 Best New Hotel by USA Today readers, Grand Hyatt Nashville is within walking distance to many of Nashville’s most iconic attractions, including the Nashville Convention Center, Country Music Hall of Fame, and Bridgestone Arena. More information is available at www.grandhyattnashville.com and www.nashvilleyards.com. For more information or to reserve a stay at Grand Hyatt Nashville, visit www.grandhyattnashville.com or call (615) 622-1234. Be sure to follow Grand Hyatt Nashville on Twitter @GrandHyattNash and Instagram and Facebook @GrandHyattNashville.
About Nashville Yards Nashville Yards is an 18-acre project located in the heart of downtown Nashville. When complete, the project will be a walkable, urban community featuring high-end hospitality offerings, including the 591-room luxury Grand Hyatt Nashville and the newly renovated Union Station Nashville Yards; exceptional retail and restaurant options; a world-class entertainment district and concert venue developed in partnership with AEG; and creative and Class-A+ office space anchored by Amazon Nashville and a new multi-tenant office tower that will include the future headquarters of Pinnacle Financial Partners. The development will benefit from open plazas and green spaces, including a 1.3-acre urban park that will span the west side of the project from Broadway to Church Street. To learn more about Nashville Yards, visit www.nashvilleyards.com or follow @NashvilleYards on Twitter and Instagram. About Hyatt Hotels Corporation Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company offering 20 premier brands. As of March 31, 2021, the Company's portfolio included more than 1,000 hotel, all-inclusive, and wellness resort properties in 68 countries across six continents. The Company's purpose to care for people so they can be their best informs its business decisions and growth strategy and is intended to attract and retain top employees, build relationships with guests and create value for shareholders. The Company's subsidiaries operate, manage, franchise, own, lease, develop, license, or provide services to hotels, resorts, branded residences, and vacation ownership properties, including under the Park Hyatt®, Miraval®, Grand Hyatt®, Alila®, Andaz®, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt®, Destination by Hyatt™, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt®, Hyatt Ziva™, Hyatt Zilara™, Thompson Hotels®, Hyatt Centric®, Caption by Hyatt, JdV by Hyatt™, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Place®, tommie™, UrCove, and Hyatt Residence Club® brand names, and operates the World of Hyatt® loyalty program that provides distinct benefits and exclusive experiences to its valued members. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com. About Grand Hyatt Around the world, Grand Hyatt hotels bring travel dreams to life by celebrating the iconic in small details and magnificent moments. Located at the crossroads of local culture and global business within major gateway cities and resort destinations, each Grand Hyatt hotel is uniquely designed to be a captivating destination within a destination. Grand Hyatt hotels deliver welcoming and elevated service, first-class accommodations and an abundance of options within a multicultural backdrop of dramatic architecture and bold and vibrant design. Grand Hyatt properties boast inventive restaurants, luxury spas, fitness centers, and business and meeting facilities. For additional information or to make a reservation, please visit grandhyatt.com. Follow @GrandHyatt on Facebook and Instagram, and tag photos with #GrandHyatt.