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The Resort at Pelican Hill names Gianluca Re Franschini restaurant chef of Andrea

NEWPORT COAST, Southern California, May 20, 2008 – Gianluca Re Fraschini, one of Italy’s most talented young chefs and a master of authentic Italian cuisine, has joined The Resort at Pelican Hill as restaurant chef of Andrea, the luxury seaside resort’s signature dining venue, announced Giuseppe Lama, managing director of Pelican Hill. 

Re Fraschini comes to the The Resort at Pelican Hill after traveling the world at the invitation of upscale hotels and restaurants to introduce his traditional approach to Italian cooking. This included a stint at the Peninsula restaurant at Hotel Lotte in South Korea, where he was invited to share his skills by Italy’s ambassador to that country. A native of Cuggiono, near Milan, he trained with several of Italy’s most renowned chefs, including Gualtiero Marchesi, owner of the famed Milan restaurant of the same name; Angelo Paracucchi; Pierre Gagnaire; Albert Roux; and Pierre Orsi. He also apprenticed at Le Gavroche, one of London’s most acclaimed restaurants. In addition, Re Fraschini owned and served as executive chef at a traditional Italian eatery in Lake Garda, where he continued to perfect his skills. He also served as chef at La Reserva Rotana in Spain; Il Cavallino in Luxemburg; and Aubergine in Israel. Among the culinary events he has overseen was the Italian Gastronomic Festival at the Westin Hotel, Kyoto, Japan.

“Gianluca was raised in Northern Italy, and from an early age began absorbing the lessons of true Italian cooking. His approach emphasizes freshness and simplicity, so that dishes offer exquisite flavor. The result is both rustic and elegant,” Lama said. “With Gianluca leading Andrea’s culinary team, we expect that it will be one of the finest Italian restaurants on the coast.”

Andrea will offer a menu with strong Northern Italian and Tuscan influences and authentic touches. Under Re Fraschini’s direction, Andrea’s cuisine will be chic yet rustic, bringing the very finest elements of Italy’s classic restaurants to the California coast. The emphasis will be on uncomplicated yet bold regional dishes with exquisite flavors classically prepared using the freshest and finest ingredients. A glassed-in wine room will display 1,200 bottles mainly from the great wineries of Italy, but also Napa, Sonoma and Alexander Valley. Spectacular ocean panoramas will complement the simple elegance of the table settings of crisp Italian linens, Riedel glassware and Rene Ozorio fine bone china.

A masterpiece in the making, The Resort at Pelican Hill is melding the precepts of internationally heralded Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio (for whom Andrea restaurant is named) with the welcoming and relaxed style of coastal California. It promises to become a preferred getaway among sophisticated, high-end travelers. The resort is rising on a 504-acre site in Newport Coast, located between the chic and picturesque towns of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, and boasts one of the most serene and beautiful coastal settings in Southern California. Here the Pacific Ocean laps uncrowded beaches and thousands of acres of coastal habitat are permanently protected as open space or designated for recreational uses only. From throughout the resort, there will be vivid views of this natural bounty. The resort’s first component, Pelican Hill Golf Club with 36 holes by Tom Fazio, opened in November 2007; all other components – 128 bungalows and 204 villas – all with dramatic ocean views – 20,000 square feet of plush function space for every type of event, luxurious spa with 22 treatment rooms, spectacular and secluded wedding venues, world-class restaurants and “Coliseum” pool – will open in late fall 2008.

The Irvine Company Resort Properties owns and manages the finest resort and leisure destinations in Newport Coast and the City of Irvine. In addition to The Resort at Pelican Hill, the portfolio includes The Island Hotel Newport Beach, the city’s landmark property and only AAA Five Diamond hotel; Hyatt Regency Irvine, the city’s only Four Diamond hotel; Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, featuring a
challenging, Tom Fazio-designed public golf course; and several of the finest marinas in Newport Harbor
and Northern California.

For more information on The Resort at Pelican Hill, log on to www.pelicanhill.com.