John D. Carey
oversees the hotel's food and beverage outlets, including Sandcastles Restaurant & Lounge
, Barefoots Beachside Bar & Grill
, in-room dining and banqueting services. Chef Carey has enjoyed an illustrious career in the culinary arts.He graduated from the prestigious College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.
After completing a three-year apprenticeship at The Castle in Leicester, Massachusetts, Carey
proceeded to hold the sous chef position at such prestigious hotels as The Treemont
and Whitehall Hotels
in Chicago. He
then accepted the position of Executive Chef at the Windsor Court Hotel
in New Orleans, which opened under his
guidance to rave reviews.While at the Windsor Court
was bestowed the prestigious Ivy Award, presented by Restaurants and Institutions magazine
.He is the youngest chef in America to have won the Ivy Award, whose winners are chosen by ballots cast by professionals in the hotel and restaurant industry.
In addition, Carey
has overseen the dining venues and culinary staff at the El San Juan Hotel & Casino in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico, a Five-Star, Five-Diamond tropical resort hotel, and the Omni Chicago Hotel in Chicago.Most recently, he served as Executive Chef at the Marriott City Center Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he was responsible for the operation of the Steelhead Grill, which was voted the Best New Restaurant in Pittsburgh in 1996. Carey has been a valued member of the Hilton Sandestin Beach team since 1997.