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Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton

45000 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells, California, 92210, USA TEL: +1-760-341-2200 FAX: +1-760-568-0541

Chef Paul Hancock

"Eat Local" is not a trending phrase on Harker's Island, North Carolina, where Executive Chef Paul Hancock grew up in a community of fishermen, boat builders, and waterfowl decoy carvers. On this small island, with a total land mass less than 4 square miles, "If you were having fish for dinner, you definitely knew where it came from. And you were going to use all of it - even the 'leftovers' to fertilize your garden. You didn't let anything go to waste."

Chef Paul now calls Indian Wells home, delighted to share his farm-to-table values and focus on building new relationships in the small community of Indian Wells. Think Globally, Act Locally

Background

Chef Paul took an interest in the kitchen at an early age. "I remember walking to the other side of the island and running home all wide-eyed, 'Mom, they fry their fish in peanut oil over there!'" He explains, "I just had that fascination with how other people did things, how they lived their lives and cooked their food." And so began a path of culinary discovery, rich with fine dining experiences at exclusive supper clubs in North Carolina, and some of the South's legendary restaurants.

Chef Training

Ever eager for new challenges, Paul traveled to the French Alps to accomplish his chef's apprenticeship at L'auberge de L'Eridian under the tutelage of Chef Marc Veyrat - at the time a 3-star Michelin chef renowned for his foraging and use of wild herbs and ingredients. Paul quickly grasped the concept of great recipes and the meticulous steps that go into implementing them.

Career Highlights

Not one to rest on his laurels, Chef Paul's craftsmanship, resourcefulness, and wanderlust turned out to be a perfect match for super mega yachts; he spent 3.5 years executing elaborate dinner parties while traveling the world with elite guests and international celebrities. Back in the States, Chef Paul was instrumental in opening five-star fine dining and banquet experiences in Hollywood, Florida, including the now Diplomat Resort and Spa, receiving the four star four diamond award from AAA and Giorgio's Mediterranean Village. Here in California, Chef Paul has been called on by a long list of celebrity clients.