Boldly led by celebrity chefs alongside local Hollywood chefs and spirited by world-class mixologists, a wide range of remarkable culinary offerings make The Diplomat a true foodie’s paradise. Choose from The Diplomat’s signature steakhouse Diplomat Prime or enjoy Coastal American cuisine at Point Royal from celebrity chef, restauranteur, and television star Geoffrey Zakarian. The Hotel Bar transports you to famous hotels around the world with its menu inspired by iconic cocktails. Grab-and-go from casual market The Canteen, or head across the way to Diplomat Landing and take in beautiful views of the Intracoastal Waterway at Bristol’s Burgers or Portico Beer & Wine Garden. Exciting new options will arrive in Spring 2017 including modern Japanese izakaya Monkitail from celebrity chef and restaurateur Michael Schulson, the festive Nuevo Latino Playa from chefs Sue Torres and Darren Carbone, and family-friendly sweets shop Candy & Cones. Complimentary four-hour parking is provided for all restaurant guests.
Celebrity Chef & Restaurateur
Restaurateur and television star Geoffrey Zakarian is coming to Diplomat Beach Resort. In keeping with Geoffrey’s reputation for producing some of the country’s most relevant restaurants, he created Point Royal exclusively for the Diplomat Beach Resort. With an accessible, modern take on a seaside restaurant, the indoor-outdoor venue features the property’s only raw bar and a menu featuring the full gamete of Zakarian's Coastal American cuisine. Complimented by a center bar focused on fresh juice based cocktails and one of the largest wine lists on property, Point Royal delivers a lively bustling environment and is open for breakfast and dinner daily.
Celebrity Chef and Restauranteur
Celebrity Chef and Restaurateur Michael Schulson brings his modern Japanese fare to Hollywood, Florida with Monkitail. Schulson’s menu is a contemporary take on the classic izakaya, featuring sharable small plates and sushi as well as an array of specialty cocktails and saké. An open robatayaki kitchen sits at the heart of the restaurant, and a 15-seat sushi bar and private dining area overlook the Atlantic Ocean. Tucked away beyond the main dining room is a discreet karaoke bar offering tunes, cocktails and signature dishes late into the night.
Executive Chef, The Diplomat Beach Resort
Continually recognized for culinary excellence throughout his career, Chef Christian Rassinoux joined the Diplomat as Executive Chef in 2013. Having showcased his talents at some of the world’s most prestigious hotels, Rassinoux is responsible for leading all food and beverage operations at the 1,000-room resort.
Rassinoux also oversees the culinary strategy for groups and events at the adjacent 209,000-square-foot convention center featuring a 50,000-square-foot unobstructed great hall, four ballrooms and 39 individual meeting rooms.
Rassinoux served as the executive chef of MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the country’s largest hotel, since 2009. Previously he held the same title for over 20 years at various Ritz-Carlton hotels around the world from California to China. The list of his culinary achievements is staggering including Chef of the Year, French Culinary Association in 1986; Chef of the Year, Le Toques Blanche International in 1990; Chevalier in the National Order of Merit by the President of the French Republic in 1994; and a Doctor of Culinary Arts, Honoris Causa, from Johnson & Wales University in 1995.
Rassinoux is also actively involved in the culinary community having served as member of the Conseiller Culinaire for the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs from 1986 to 2007 and was previously President of the French Chefs Association.
Executive Pastry Chef
A native of France, Chef Henry Martignago brings more than 26 years of culinary expertise to Diplomat Resort & Spa. He began his career in France and Switzerland before moving to Arlington, Virginia in 1989. In 1993, he was appointed the Executive Pastry Chef for the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington D.C. Henry has also served for the French Embassy as well as The White House. After relocating to Florida in 2002, he was appointed the Executive Pastry Chef of The Peabody Orlando.
Serving as Pastry Chef at the Diplomat since its opening, Chef Martignago has received diplomas from the Certificate Professional Aprentissage (CPA) in Patisserie and Cuisine as well as a renowned hotel school in Versailles. Additionally, he has completed courses in chocolate, sugar and wedding cakes.