Newport Beach, Calif. (July 19, 2021) – Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach’s premier waterfront resort, is pleased to announce the appointment of Prabeen Prathapan as executive chef. Bringing more than 17 years of hospitality experience, Prathapan will oversee the development and menu planning of the resort’s signature restaurant, A+O Restaurant | Bar, as well as the culinary offerings at the newly debuted Lighthouse Room, an indoor-outdoor gathering space for social events and host of the resort’s Seafood Sunday Brunch series. Additionally, Prathapan will be responsible for spearheading the award-winning resort’s overall culinary programming, including in-room dining services and private events.
Prior to joining Balboa Bay Resort, Prathapan served as executive chef of Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, where he enhanced the entire food and beverage operation, which resulted in the resort regaining its prestigious AAA Four-Diamond recognition. Previously he held an executive sous chef position at Montage Laguna Beach where he was responsible for overseeing daily culinary operations. He also served as chef de cuisine at Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas, overseeing MOzen Bistro and in-room dining.
In 2004, Chef Prabeen earned his Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Hospitality Administration from the Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology in Trivandrum, India. This led him to gaining experience across the Taj Hotels portfolio, such as management trainee at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi and sous chef at the Taj Fisherman’s Cove in Chennai, India. While in India, he was able to master an abundance of regional cuisines, which prepared him for the opening of Taj Boston.
“We are honored to welcome Chef Prabeen and his rich and diverse culinary background to Balboa Bay Resort,” said General Manager Marina Dutton. “He has already made an impact on our food and beverage program, bringing about new creativity and excitement. Guests will be delighted to see what’s cooking at our various dining venues under his direction and alongside the whole team of culinary talents in our kitchens.”
Dining venues at Balboa Bay Resort include A+O Restaurant | Bar, which serves up comfort California cuisine, such as House-Made Focaccia; Carbonara Mac and Cheese, Baja Fish Tacos, Grilled Chicken, Shrimp or Salmon Chimichurri; and fresh, seasonal salads. The newest event space, Lighthouse Room, hosts a weekly Seafood Sunday Brunch, pairing stunning bayside views with an incredible buffet station serving items from artisan cheeses and premium charcuterie to fresh seafood and patisseries, alongside entrées of perfectly seared sea bass and grilled flat iron steak. Blend, a café offering freshly brewed coffee drinks with grab and go items, and in-room dining is also available.