Restaurant Asiate at Mandarin Oriental, New York Appoints Brandon Kida as New Chef de Cuisine

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Mandarin Oriental, New York is delighted to announce the appointment of Brandon Kida as Chef de Cuisine for restaurant Asiate. A graduate of the world-renown Culinary Institute of America, Chef Kida perfected his craft at L'Orangerie in Los Angeles and Manhattan's Lutèce before joining Asiate's opening team in 2003. Chef Kida's menu features contemporary cuisine with Asian influences, including dishes such as Étuvée with Bay Scallops, Langoustine, Little Neck Clams and Hearts of Palm with a Coconut Herb Broth and "Buckwheat & Eggs" with Soba Noodles, Osetra Caviar and Wasabi Cream.

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Japanese is my comfort-zone cuisine so that influence naturally appears in my dishes, but you'll find that my menu features a broad range of culinary influences.

Mandarin Oriental, New York is delighted to announce the appointment of Brandon Kida as Chef de Cuisine for restaurant Asiate. Chef Kida, a graduate of the world-renown Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY, has worked at fine culinary establishments including New York's Lutèce, and Los Angeles' L'Orangerie and Bastide. In December of 2003, Chef Kida joined Asiate's opening culinary team and was promoted to sous chef in 2005.

It can be said that Chef Kida was born into a perfect melting pot of influences for a culinary arts career. Born in Los Angeles, and the son of a first generation Japanese-American father and a fourth generation Japanese mother, his eclectic childhood included a diverse array of culinary influences. "My cuisine can best be described as contemporary with an Asian flair and my dishes reflect the broad range of cuisines I grew up with in Los Angeles." Chef Kida's signature dishes, including Étuvée with Bay Scallops, Langoustine, Little Neck Clams and Hearts of Palm with a Coconut Herb Broth; "Buckwheat & Eggs" with Soba Noodles, Osetra Caviar and Wasabi Cream; and Butter Poached Lobster with White Polenta, Hon Shimeji Mushrooms and Kaffir Emulsion, are representative of the savory flavors and ingredients he favors. "Japanese is my comfort-zone cuisine so that influence naturally appears in my dishes, but you'll find that my menu features a broad range of culinary influences."

To prepare for his new role, Chef Kida spent a month at Mandarin Oriental's restaurants in Hong Kong and Bangkok. "Their work ethic and sense of pride is truly impressive. My month-long immersion at our restaurants in Hong Kong and Bangkok gave me insight into their culinary teams' incredible personal dedication to their craft and inspired me to instill that spirit here in our Asiate kitchen."

Chef Kida has a full plate in terms of launching and fine-tuning his new Asiate menu and signature dishes in the coming months, but it is a challenge he is looking forward to. "Developing my menu is a very satisfying, creative process and a form of self-expression for me. I'm looking forward to seeing how it will all evolve."

Restaurant Asiate is located on the 35th floor of Mandarin Oriental, New York at 60th Street and Columbus Circle in Manhattan. Asiate was ranked by the Zagat NYC Restaurants Guide in the "Top Service" and "Best Décor" categories in both 2008 and 2009. Reservations can be made by contacting Asiate directly at (212) 805 8881, by calling Mandarin Oriental, New York at (212) 805 8800, or by booking on-line at OpenTable.com.

About Mandarin Oriental, New York
A stunning fusion of modern design with stylish Oriental flair, Mandarin Oriental, New York features 248 elegant guestrooms and suites -- all with breathtaking views of Manhattan and Five-Star hospitality. Luxurious amenities include Asiate, the hotel's elegant restaurant; MObar created by noted interior designer, Tony Chi; the Lobby Lounge with dramatic views of Central Park; a 14,500-square-foot, Five-Star Mandarin Oriental Spa; and a state-of-the-art fitness center with a 75-foot lap pool. In addition, there is premium meeting and event space, including a 6,000-square-foot pillar-less ballroom with three walls of windows overlooking Central Park. Located in Columbus Circle's Time Warner Center, Mandarin Oriental, New York is in an idyllic location just steps away from world-class dining, shopping and entertainment, including the Broadway Theater District, Lincoln Center, Central Park, Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Time Warner Center's collection of upscale retail shops and restaurants.

About Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world's most prestigious hotels and resorts. Mandarin Oriental now operates, or has under development, 41 hotels representing over 10,000 rooms in 24 countries, with 15 hotels in Asia, 15 in The Americas and 10 in Europe and North Africa.

Images of Chef Kida, Asiate and Mandarin Oriental are available to download, in high and low resolution, in the Photo Library of our Media section, at http://www.mandarinoriental.com.

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