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NEWPORT BEACH, CA – January 8, 2018 – The Resort at Pelican Hill® today announced the appointment of Hayato Nogaki as director of food and beverage, overseeing all restaurant, in-room dining and banquet food and beverage operations for the 504-acre coastal destination.

“Hayato’s 15 years of experience in luxury hospitality will provide strong direction and operational accountability, as we deliver indelible memories to guests from near and far,” said Pelican Hill Managing Director Tom Donovan. “We shape memorable experiences by anticipating the expectations and personal preferences of each guest around our resort tables in the same way we warmly welcome friends and family into our own homes.”

Striving for inspirational and unprecedented experiences, Nogaki will guide Five-Star service delivery to the world’s most discerning travelers and local guests throughout Pelican Hill’s ocean-view restaurants, cafes, lounges and event venues, as well as 24-hour in-room dining. He will also lead operations for the luxury resort’s popular entertainment and dining programs, including live music and holiday ballroom brunches.

With its light-filled dining room, circular bar and stunning ocean views, Italian restaurant Andrea recreates storied culinary traditions and classic dishes bursting with the true flavors of Italy. A fun and casual restaurant serving contemporary American favorites, the Coliseum Pool & Grill overlooks the iconic Coliseum Pool, back-dropped by the Pacific Ocean. Located at Pelican Hill Golf Club, Pelican Grill presents the quintessential California dining experience, featuring fresh and locally sourced foods, al fresco dining on the ocean-view terrace, and a lively lounge popular for viewing sports on two giant televisions.

In addition to the Resort’s three main restaurants, the Villa Clubhouse serves breakfast and lunch to resort guests exclusively and features weekend evening dining at Piccolo, a globally inspired small plates epicurean experience. Welcoming locals and resort guests for breakfast, lunch, dinner or anything in-between, Caffè & Market offers barista-made coffee, resort-churned gelato and hundreds of gourmet food and beverage items for casually dining in or conveniently taking away. A lively place to gather, savor and linger, the Great Room Social Lounge features craft cocktails, small bites and weekend afternoon tea service, plus evening live entertainment.

Nogaki joined Pelican Hill from Salamander Hotels & Resorts, most recently serving as resort manager for Henderson Beach Resort in Destin, Florida, and previously as corporate director of food and beverage, as well as Henderson Beach Resort’s opening food and beverage operations director. Before that, he directed food and beverage for several luxury destinations, including California’s Carmel Valley Ranch, South Carolina’s The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort and Florida’s Innisbrook Resort, where he later was director of operations and resort manager. Nogaki started his hospitality career at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua on the island of Maui, Hawaii. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sophia University in Tokyo.

About Pelican Hill®

Set on 504 acres by the Pacific Ocean in Newport Beach, The Resort at Pelican Hill features: 128 two-, three- and four-bedroom villas with magnificent coastal views and an unparalleled array of appointments, immersing guests in the absolute finest of everything; 204 luxuriously appointed bungalow guest rooms and suites with private terraces; a rejuvenating Five-Star spa with a menu of the world’s most celebrated therapies; world-class restaurants, including Andrea serving authentic Northern Italian cuisine; an iconic “Coliseum Pool,” one of the largest circular pools anywhere with tiered decks and luxurious cabanas; and Pelican Hill Golf Club with 36 dramatic holes by Tom Fazio, nearly all with ocean panoramas. A Five-Star, Five-Diamond destination, Pelican Hill has earned acclaim as the 2012 Grand Resort selected by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report; as Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards Top Southern California Resort (2013 & 2012), Top U.S. Resort (2011), Top-Rated Golf Resort Worldwide (2012) and Top-Rated California Resort Spa (2012); in Travel + Leisure’s “Top 100” World’s Best Hotels (2015 Readers’ Poll); in Golf Magazine’s Premier Resorts 2016-2017; and with two courses ranked among Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses (2015).

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 Pelican Hill, the portfolio known as the Coastal Collection includes Newport Beach’s Fashion Island Hotel; Hotel Irvine, a lifestyle hotel; Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, featuring a challenging, Tom Fazio-designed public golf course; and California Recreation Company®, which operates the finest marinas in Newport Harbor and Northern California.

About Irvine Company
Irvine Company is a diversified, privately held real-estate investment company and master-planner—highly respected for its stewardship and master planning of The Irvine Ranch in Orange County, Calif. With operations throughout coastal California, Irvine Company plans and brings to life balanced, sustainable communities with a full range of housing, job and retail centers, schools, recreation, and permanently preserved open space. Irvine Company is committed to long-term ownership and management of a high-quality portfolio—the breadth and quality of which is unmatched in the industry—with each individual property positioned at the top of its class.

As a steward of some of America’s most beautiful and scientifically important open space and parklands, the company has donated nearly 60 percent of the historic 93,000-acre Irvine Ranch—57,000 acres—to permanently preserve these lands. The company traces its roots to the 1860s with the formation of The Irvine Ranch from Mexican and Spanish land grants.

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