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Welcome W South Beach Hotel & Residences's New Executive Chef The rise of Joshua Gripper Photo credit: Anthony Nader/ 52Chefs As Executive Chef of the W South Beach Hotel & Residences, Joshua Gripper oversees all aspects of the property's culinary operations, including the menu of The Dutch, part of acclaimed chef Andrew Carmellini's NoHo Hospitality empire. A large and demanding role for a chef of his age, 37, but an amazingly impressive responsibility considering he first rose to prominence as a pastry chef. A native New Yorker, Chef Gripper jump started his career as a child baking for his family in Jamaica, Queens. These formative years sowed the seeds for his acclaimed career, but also instilled in him a respect for process when it came to cooking and attention to detail; skills also very much in demand as a hotel executive chef. A graduate of the Art Institute of New York City (formerly the New York Restaurant School), Chef Gripper joined the opening team at Butter restaurant, and went on to Cafe Boulud where he joined Pastry Chef Eric Bertoia and then Chef de Cuisine Andrew Carmellini. After honing his craft while spending time in France working at Provence's famed Michelin two-star restaurant Oustau de Baumanniere, he returned to the states and was tapped by Daniel Boulud to serve as pastry chef of db bistro moderne. He later teamed up with Carmellini again in New York where he applied his academic knowledge and personal experience to Italian cuisine at Carmellini's award-winning A Voce. Moving to South Florida after a year there, he enjoyed a stint at Alfred Portale's Gotham Steak at the iconic Fontainebleau

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