February 20-24, 2019 Miami Beach
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Alex Olivier

Chef Alex Olivier is the newly appointed Executive Chef at Area 31 in Downtown Miami. Chef Alex brings global flavors to the restaurant’s exquisite sea fare, all complimented by the gorgeous Miami skyline.

A South African native, Alex grew up in the small historical town of Vryheid, where his curiosity for food started as a child. From an early age, Olivier was exposed to and enjoyed hunting wild springbok with his father, enjoying the process of butchering and curing meat for family meals. Shortly after his high school graduation, he was drafted for military... READ MORE

Chef Alex Olivier is the newly appointed Executive Chef at Area 31 in Downtown Miami. Chef Alex brings global flavors to the restaurant’s exquisite sea fare, all complimented by the gorgeous Miami skyline.

A South African native, Alex grew up in the small historical town of Vryheid, where his curiosity for food started as a child. From an early age, Olivier was exposed to and enjoyed hunting wild springbok with his father, enjoying the process of butchering and curing meat for family meals. Shortly after his high school graduation, he was drafted for military service for one year.

Following his military stint, Alex moved to Cape Town, working in a small local Italian restaurant where he was introduced to high-end cuisine and culinary training at the luxurious, Sol Kerzner’s Beverly Hills Hotel, South Africa’s first five-star hotel in Umhlanga. Following his culinary passion, Alex then moved on to the Cape Sun InterContinental, where he was offered the opportunity to enroll in the South African Chefs Association Scholarship program. He earned a diploma in Culinary Arts and Hotel Management from the Technicon of Witwatersrand Hotel School, specializing in French Cuisine.

Olivier soon traded the wondrous mountains of Cape Town for the high seas of Crystal Cruises Symphony, a luxury cruise line, where he landed a position as Chef Poissonier. Always curious and on the move, he soon landed in London, where he earned a position as Sous Chef at the world famous Blokes Hotel, and honed his cooking skills under the tutelage of renowned Michelin Chefs Tom Aikens and Neville Campbell.His culinary talents took him back to the high seas aboard the Regent Seven Seas Cruises as Chef de Partie where he quickly moved up the ranks as Executive Chef, overseeing all Food & Beverage operations. His overseas adventures took him through seven continents and 4 global circumnavigation world cruises, exploring each countries’ rich cultures, traditions and exotic markets.

In 2010, Chef Alex was tapped by the Hilton group to lead the kitchen of Orlando flagship property ‘s Hilton Bonnet Creek; in 2013, he was promoted to Executive Chef at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, where he led the kitchen for the next four years. In August 2017, Chef Olivier joined the Kimpton EPIC Hotel team as the Executive Chef at the breathtaking Area 31 rooftop restaurant. Chef Alex’s culinary talents are reflected in his unique dishes, where he marries diverse world flavors and dishes with local ingredients. Area 31’s menu showcases the restaurant’s dedication to sustainable seafood with worldly flavors from his travels, South American and local influences found in Miami’s cultural melting pot. “I like to introduce people of exotic flavors – ingredients from my South African upbringing, as well flavors from my travels. Food and travel are my two passions and I want these passions to be reflected in my creations.”

ABOUT AREA 31
Perched on the sixteenth floor of the beautiful Kimpton EPIC Hotel, Area 31 serves the freshest seafood, sourced from the Atlantic’s namesake, Area 31, its produce and meats sourced from local farmers and growers. Passionate about sustainability, Chef Alex blends his international culinary expertise with products from local farms and ranches to create an experience that’s casual and elegant all at once. With enviable panoramic views of the glittering waters of the Biscayne Bay and Miami River and innovative cocktails crafted to match Chef’s seasonal food, the patio bar attracts a bubbly crowd at social hour and beyond, taking Miami social life to soaring new heights. For more information or to make reservations, visit http://www.area31restaurant.com/ or call 305-424-5234. Follow Keep up with what’s new at Area 31 on Instagram and Facebook: @area31miami.
Kimpton Restaurants
Kimpton has more than 80 unique restaurants, bars and lounges across the country helmed by renowned chefs and bartenders who offer guests a chance to dine like a local. Common cornerstones of each restaurant and bar include heartfelt care; chef-crafted, seasonal menus that celebrate local farms and purveyors; and striking interiors with vibrant style and design. Signature cocktails are created by expert local bartenders, and wines are chosen with a nod toward artisanal and sustainable selections. Distinct restaurant concepts range from rustic Italian cuisine in the Pacific Northwest to oceanic fare on the Florida coast and alluring rooftop lounges and bars tucked away in Washington DC. For more information, visit KimptonHotels.com/dine.

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