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New Chef for Sandestin


20-Year Veteran to Lead Culinary Team at South Walton Resort

Miramar Beach, Fla. (April 29, 2015) – Javier Rosa, a more than 20-year veteran of the culinary industry, has been named the new executive chef at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, officials with the South Walton resort announced today.

Originally from Puerto Rico, Rosa has traveled to more than 20 countries to hone his culinary skills, including excursions to Europe, Asia and the Caribbean to experience an array of global cuisines. Over the years, he has prepared meals for presidents, kings, queens and famous personalities from around the world.

Rosa has spent most of his career with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company with stints in the United States and the Caribbean. While working at The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C., he had the opportunity to thrill the palates of Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and opera superstar Luciana Pavarotti. At Grand Cayman Island, he hosted many celebrities including Iron Chef Morimoto, Jean Banchet, Michael Richard and Fabio Trabocchi.

“Throughout my life, I have experienced different countries and culinary styles and it has shaped me into the chef I am today,” said Rosa. “I am thrilled to be at Sandestin, so I can share my passion for food and the fusion of a variety of cuisines to Northwest Florida.”

Rosa is recognized as a culinary innovator and his art of plating and food styling have earned him numerous accolades in multiple newspapers and magazines. While serving with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, he was selected as a part of a training team charged with opening six new hotels with fine dining restaurants domestically and internationally. Rosa is also a former member of the National Puerto Rico Culinary Team.

Most recently, Rosa was the executive chef for Levy Restaurants at Amway Arena in Orlando and executive sous chef at American Airlines Arena in Miami. While working for that organization, he served NBA franchises in both cities, including the year the Miami Heat won the NBA Championship in 2012. He also played an integral role in the 2012 and 2013 U.S. Open Tennis Championships in New York and for the opening of the Barclays Center, home to the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets.


About Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a major destination for all seasons and all ages, and was named the #1 resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast. The resort invites guests to a world of 2,400 acres and 30 charming neighborhoods featuring more than 1,250 South Walton vacation rentals, condominiums, villas, town homes and the best in Destin hotel accommodations. As a member of Visit South Walton and Visit Florida, the resort features more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 113-slip marina, a fitness center and spa, meeting space and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a charming pedestrian village with events, shopping, dining and nightlife. People are invited to download Sandestin’s APP for iPhone and Android devices, or become a Facebook Fan or Twitter follower for the latest events and news.

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