Former Seaspice chef to oversee food at Fort Lauderdale hotel-condo

Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach

Venezuelan-born chef Alfredo Alvarez has been tapped to open an oceanfront restaurant at the new Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach and Ocean Resort Residences, opening this year at 551 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale.  

Alvarez, whose lengthy culinary career includes running the much-heralded (but now-closed) Giacosa in Coral Gables, was the opening chef at Seaspice (formerly Sea Salt & Pepper) in Miami.

Most recently, Alvarez and his wife reopened the 24-hour Biscayne Diner at 8601 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. A hotel spokeswoman said Alvarez would be focusing his efforts on the Fort Lauderdale project, while wife Tara Nicosia will run the diner.

Alvarez’s responsibilities will be to conceptualize and open a signature restaurant at the hotel-condo as well as other food-and-beverage elements. 

“As I walked through the space, I instantly formed a vision for the dining concept, an eclectic palette of nautical cuisine intertwined with rich Mediterranean aromas,” Alvarez says in press materials. “Being so close to the ocean with a European influence, Fort Lauderdale is the optimal location for such a unique menu, the first of its kind in the city. I look forward to motivating our culinary team to make my vision a reality.”

The 275-room Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach and the Ocean Resort Residence (290 condos, villas and homes) was developed by South Florida-based Orchestra Hotels & Resorts.