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Pelican Hill appoints Hayato Nogaki as director of food and beverage

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The Resort at Pelican Hill® has appointed Hayato Nogaki as director of food and beverage, overseeing all restaurant, in-room dining and banquet food and beverage operations for the 504-acre coastal destination.

“Hayato’s 15 years of experience in luxury hospitality will provide strong direction and operational accountability, as we deliver indelible memories to guests from near and far,” said Pelican Hill Managing Director Tom Donovan. “We shape memorable experiences by anticipating the expectations and personal preferences of each guest around our resort tables in the same way we warmly welcome friends and family into our own homes.”

Striving for inspirational and unprecedented experiences, Nogaki will guide Five-Star service delivery to the world’s most discerning travelers and local guests throughout Pelican Hill’s ocean-view restaurants, cafes, lounges and event venues, as well as 24-hour in-room dining. He will also lead operations for the luxury resort’s popular entertainment and dining programs, including live music and holiday ballroom brunches.

With its light-filled dining room, circular bar and stunning ocean views, Italian restaurant Andrea recreates storied culinary traditions and classic dishes bursting with the true flavors of Italy. A fun and casual restaurant serving contemporary American favorites, the Coliseum Pool & Grill overlooks the iconic Coliseum Pool, back-dropped by the Pacific Ocean. Located at Pelican Hill Golf Club, Pelican Grill presents the quintessential California dining experience, featuring fresh and locally sourced foods, al fresco dining on the ocean-view terrace, and a lively lounge popular for viewing sports on two giant televisions.

In addition to the Resort’s three main restaurants, the Villa Clubhouse serves breakfast and lunch to resort guests exclusively and features weekend evening dining at Piccolo, a globally inspired small plates epicurean experience. Welcoming locals and resort guests for breakfast, lunch, dinner or anything in-between, Caffe & Market offers barista-made coffee, resort-churned gelato, and hundreds of gourmet food and beverage items for casually dining in or conveniently taking away. A lively place to gather, savor and linger, the Great Room Social Lounge features craft cocktails, small bites and weekend afternoon tea service, plus evening live entertainment.

Nogaki joined Pelican Hill from Salamander Hotels & Resorts, most recently serving as resort manager for Henderson Beach Resort in Destin, Florida, and previously as corporate director of food and beverage, as well as Henderson Beach Resort’s opening food and beverage operations director. Before that, he directed food and beverage for several luxury destinations, including California’s Carmel Valley Ranch, South Carolina’s The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort and Florida’s Innisbrook Resort, where he later was director of operations and resort manager. Nogaki started his hospitality career at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua on the island of Maui, Hawaii. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sophia University in Tokyo.

Pelican Hill is located at 22701 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast. www.pelicanhill.com