California's Pasea Hotel makes two leadership hires

Huntington Beach, Calif.-based Pasea Hotel & Spa has a new executive chef and director of sales. Photo credit: Paséa Hotel and & Spa

Huntington Beach, Calif.-based Pasea Hotel & Spa has hired two key players.

Prabeen Prathapan is in as the new executive chef, bringing more than 15 years of culinary experience to the position. Prathapan will manage the food-and-beverage operations across the resort and lead the culinary teams from each of the property’s concepts, including Tanner’s Restaurant and Blend Café.

Before joining Pasea, Prathapan served as the executive sous chef at the Montage Laguna Beach (Calif.), where he was responsible for overseeing daily culinary operations. He also served as chef de cuisine at the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas, where he oversaw its on-property restaurant MOzen Bistro and in-room dining.

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Additionally, Joe Martino has been brought on at the resort as director of sales. He comes with over 20 years of experience in the industry, previously serving as director of sales and marketing at Hotel Irvine, Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa and St. Regis Monarch Beach. He began his career with the Ritz-Carlton Phoenix as national sales manager and worked at such properties as Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale and Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa.