Major changes have been announced for 3030 Ocean at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa.
The restaurant will close on Monday, August 24, for renovations. At that time, executive chef Paula DaSilva will depart the restaurant, ending a relationship that has spanned decades.
The chef, who took over the position of top toque just shy of two years ago, said, "My time at 3030 has been an influential part of my growth as a chef. It has been my home for a long time, but I am looking forward to whatever comes next." The chef is taking some time to travel before announcing her next venture, hopefully in South Florida.
A culinary graduate of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, DaSilva took over the top chef position at the restaurant on August 1, 2013. The appointment was a homecoming for DaSilva, who began her culinary career at 3030 Ocean at age 19, where she crafted her trade under then-executive chef Dean James Max. DaSilva's upward trajectory continued with a stint on Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen and an appointment as executive chef at 1500 Degrees at the Eden Roc in Miami Beach before coming full circle at 3030 Ocean.
3030 Ocean opened in 1999 and has remained relevant in the community for its farm-to-table concept and its innovative dining. Just last week, the restaurant was named the best high-end restaurant with craft beer by Broward-Palm Beach New Times.
3030 Ocean is scheduled to reopen by November 1 with a new look and menu. A search is already underway for a seasoned executive chef to take over the reins of the restaurant.
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