The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club has appointed Christian Clair as its new director of food and beverage. In this role, Clair will oversee the historic resort’s robust food and beverage program, which includes catering for meetings + events and four on-property restaurants: the waterfront Paul’s Landing, The Vinoy Club Grill, the Promenade Bar & Lounge, and the Veranda Café.
Clair brings more than 30 years of fine dining experience to The Vinoy. He kicked off his career as a culinary apprentice in his native France, learning the fundamentals of haute French cuisine, which he then brought to his culinary positions at hotels in France, the U.K. and the United States, including Sofitel Chicago Water Tower; The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel; and The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale. Most recently, Clair served as the executive chef of Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Puerto Rico, where he was part of the pre-opening team and led all aspects of the resort’s luxury food and beverage concepts.