Little Palm Island Appoints Luis Pous as Executive Chef ~Modern Tropical Cuisine Adds Vibrancy to the Island Classics~

June 23, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
Key West, Fla. (Summer, 2006) – Cuban-born Luis Pous has been named executive chef at Little Palm Island Resort & Spa in the lower Florida Keys. Little Palm Island's restaurant, The Dining Room, was recently ranked No. 3 out of 100 in a recent survey by Zagat, the world's leading provider of consumer survey–based dining, travel and leisure information.

According to Emmanuel Gardinier, general manger for the exclusive 30-room luxury resort, Pous was hand-selected for his expert approach to modern tropical cuisine. “Luis brings a cultured palate and global experience to the Dining Room at Little Palm Island. His vibrant blend of French and Pan-Latin cuisine offers a sophisticated spice to our menus and we look forward to his new additions.”

Chef Pous’ menus are ever-changing, depending on the produce available during the season. Menu items include: Yellow Tail Snapper Ceviche with Passion Fruit and Coconut Gelee: Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Corn, Black Bean, Sweet Plantain and Bacon Hash Served with Mango Mojo; and Coconut Flan with Mamey Ice-Cream.

Pous has manned award-winning kitchens for nearly a decade, including the Mandarin Oriental Turnberry Isle in Aventura, Florida and Hotel Plaza Athenee in New York City. Most recently, he served as sous chef at the MGM Grand Beau Rivage Resort in Mississippi. A resident of the world, Pous started his impressive career with training at the National School of Culinary Arts in Cuba.

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is an intimate and romantic tropical hideaway. The resort’s 30 thatched-roof bungalows are discreetly nestled throughout the island and offer private sundecks and ocean views. This secluded hideaway, nestled amid hundreds of Jamaican coconut palm trees, provides the ideal location for guests to completely detach themselves from everyday life. The resort offers an Indonesian-inspired SpaTerre, a private marina and acclaimed dining. Little Palm Island provides guests with complete privacy and luxury.

Andrew Harper’s Hideaway, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and others have rated Little Palm Island as one of the top resorts in the United States. The resort has been recognized in the Zagat “Top 50 Small Hotels in the US” and “Top Hotel in Florida” and is a member of Virtuoso and American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts.

Located three miles off-shore in the Lower Florida Keys, Little Palm Island is only accessible by boat or seaplane. For more information or to make reservations, please call (305) 872-2524, (800) 3-GET-LOST or your travel professional (Chain Code NC) or visit the hotel online at

Noble House Hotels & Resorts is a privately held hotel management and development company based in Seattle, Washington. The company owns and manages 12 boutique hotels and resorts located in six states and spanning the four coastal corners of the U.S. Founded in 1980, the Noble House collection includes such renowned properties as The Adolphus in Dallas, Texas; Little Palm Island Resort & Spa in the Florida Keys and The Edgewater in Seattle, Washington. For more information or to book reservations, visit the Noble House Hotels & Resorts website at