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Culinary Team Profiles


Chef Kevin McCarthy is leading the culinary team at Vivace Restaurant at Park Hyatt Aviara. Originally from Pennsylvania, Chef Kevin is a graduate of the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill in Philadelphia. Chef Kevin gained the knowledge, skills and confidence in the finest restaurants around Philadelphia before joining the culinary team at the renowned Fountain Restaurant at The Four Seasons Philadelphia a AAA Five Diamond and Forbes 5 Stars establishment. It was the pursuit of a bounty seasonal ingredients that brought Chef Kevin to Aviara.

Chef Kevin's passion and use of culinary classics is shown masterfully through innovative menus he has developed for the AAA Four-Diamond Vivace. Known for his fresh and seasonal Italian-inspired cuisine, Chef Kevin has infused his unique and contemporary style into the exquisite menu offerings at Vivace.

When not in his kitchen Chef Kevin can be found at home with his family, or surfing the local breaks in Carlsbad in his spare time.


With more than a decade of experience working in highly-regarded kitchens in Europe and the United States, Executive Chef Pierre Albaladejo has perfected his contemplative and respectful style of cooking. Chef Albaladejo oversees Park Hyatt Aviara Resort’s complete culinary operations, including four restaurants, the lobby lounge, banquet facilities, room service, menu and recipe development, and management of the hotel’s kitchen staff.  

Chef Albaladejo’s culinary style pays respect to each ingredient in order to maximize taste. Creating new dishes, drawing from the abundance of local, fresh ingredients from San Diego, challenges and inspires him to continually update the hotel’s food program.

Chef Albaladejo joined the resort in 2003. Before joining Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Chef Albaladejo was the Executive Chef for Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea where he and his team helped to earn the resort several prestigious culinary awards. Prior to that, Chef Albaladejo was the Executive Chef for Ritz Carlton Hotel Company in Rancho Mirage and at the Hotel Arts Barcelona (a Ritz Carlton Hotel) in Spain.

A native of Dax, France, Chef Albaladejo graduated from the Culinary Institute Lycee d’ Enseignement Professionel de Capbreton in Landes, France. His culinary career in France included posts at the three-star Lucas Carton in Paris, two-star Café de Paris in Biarritz and Palais de L’Elysee in Paris in the private kitchen of President Francois Mitterand.

Chef Albaladejo currently lives in San Diego with his wife and three children. When he’s not in the kitchen, you can find him surfing at one of the local beaches.