Noble House Hotels & Resorts has named Derek Rosen as Executive Chef to Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. In this role, Rosen will oversee all culinary operations for Pelican Grand and its signature waterfront restaurant, OCEAN2000 Restaurant & O2K Lounge, as well as banquets and special events.
With more than 21 years of extensive experience in the culinary field and hospitality industry, Rosen’s passion stems from his rich Tennessee heritage and time as a pit master in several critically acclaimed Knoxville restaurants. Beginning at a young age, Rosen was inspired by his family, travel, and Tennessee southern cuisine, and he gained youthful experience running concessions and assisting with BBQ menus at Neyland Stadium. While working toward his associate degree in 2001 in Culinary Arts and Applied Science from Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, S.C., Chef Derek operated as a line cook and waiter at Elliot’s on the Square, part of the Maverick Southern Kitchens family of restaurants.
Upon graduation, Rosen served in various chef positions at a number of notable Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, including the Atlanta, Palm Beach, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Westlake Village and Maui properties. During his time with Four Seasons, Chef Derek built a strong foundation for his culinary journey working with many highly-admired chefs, completing extensive training programs, which included learning South American, Indian and Thai cuisines.
“Chef Rosen’s innovative cooking style expertly combines classic and modern-day cuisine with an international flair,” said Troy Talpas general manager of Noble House Hotels & Resorts. “His remarkable talent paired with the property’s signature views and ambiance will completely transcend the dining experiences at Pelican Grand, and we are thrilled to have him lead the culinary charge.”