Chris Watts appointed executive chef of Sanctuary Beach Resort at Marina


A Southern California native and award-winning chef, Watts found culinary inspiration cooking and watching Julia Childs with her grandmother and growing vegetables in her garden. Citing a lifelong love for the ocean and surfing, Watts spent summers traveling to Indonesia to surf and explore and fell in love with the culture and cuisine. He discovered a passion for healthy eating while caring for his terminally ill father and began his culinary journey by attending Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Pasadena, California. After graduating, Watts traveled to Australia to complete an externship with the Intercontinental Hotel Group. before being hired as Sous Chef at Ola At Turtle Bay Resort in Oahu, Hawaii in 2007, where he deepened his passion for fresh, local ingredients and native produce. In 2009, Watts returned to California to help open an organic garden-inspired dining concept at the Treebones Resort in Big Sur, California, which further fueled his love of the farmhouse dining experience. Table. He then returned to Southern California after accepting a cooking role in Newport Beach, California. The unmissable The Resort at Pelican Hill, where he was mentored by renowned French chef Jean Pierre Dubray and perfected the combination of French cooking techniques and flavors with Californian coastal cuisine. . Upon leaving the Resort at Pelican Hill, Watts joined the Ritz-Carlton family and served as Sous Chef and Executive Chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe and The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club in St. Thomas, Islands. American Virgins respectively. before accepting the role of executive chef at the Sanctuary Beach Resort. In his current role, Watts is responsible for overseeing menu development and execution at Salt Wood Kitchen & Oysterette.

Jonathan Macioce – Managing Director

August 18, 2021 — Sanctuary Beach Resort, a premier property in Independent Collection ® Hotels & Resorts, today announced the appointment of seasoned hospitality expert Jonathan Macioce as General Manager. Bringing over a decade of luxury hotel management experience to his role, Macioce will oversee day-to-day hotel operations, guest relations and property development, showcasing unique luxury travel experiences. and localization for which Independent Collection properties are known and celebrated.

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