John Pivar

Company Name: 
Hyatt Regency Bellevue
New Title or Honor: 
Executive Chef


James Beard-recognized Chef John Pivar brings more than 30 years of experience to
 the Eastside hotel’s culinary team
BELLEVUE, Wash. (April 7, 2017) – Hyatt Regency Bellevue is pleased to announce the appointment of John Pivar as the new executive chef, bringing more than thirty years of professional cooking and kitchen management experience to the hotel, which is located on Seattle’s Eastside. In his role, Pivar oversees all aspects of the hotel’s culinary program, including room service, catering and operations at Eques, which serves breakfast and brunch featuring high-quality, locally-sourced seasonal ingredients.
Pivar developed a passion for food at a young age while watching his grandmother bake fresh pastries and breads, then launched his culinary arts career in his hometown of Chicago. From there, his passion for cooking took him all over the country and beyond, including the Renaissance Vinoy Resort, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Sanibel Harbor Resort, Fort Myers, Fla.; and Scottsdale Princess Resort, Scottsdale, Ariz. – all AAA four-star diamond resorts – Hyatt Regency Curacao Golf Resort, Curacao, Caribbean; Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Ind.; and most recently Hyatt Regency Lost Pines, Bastrop, Texas, where he reconcepted the nine seasonal and year-round dining outlets and forged partnerships with local vendors and farms.
“My style of cooking is simple, yet elegant,” said Pivar. “I truly believe in the importance of respecting the products you use, and even more importantly, finding and highlighting products that are native to the region. I am looking forward to being inspired by and discovering all the amazing ingredients available in my new home in the Pacific Northwest, and can’t wait to get to know the farmers, vendors and partners who make all these quality ingredients possible.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Chef John to our team,” said Tom Wolf, the general manager of Hyatt Regency Bellevue. “Already his energy and enthusiasm for the local, fresh ingredients from around the region is apparent. This, matched with his more than 30 years of fine dining experience, is going to create a combination we can’t wait to introduce to our guests, neighbors, meeting planners and groups.”
Pivar authored two books, “Fire It Up: Grill with Flavor, Flair & Fun” and “Taste the Vinoy: Without Reservations,” and was recognized by the James Beard Foundation Dinner’s “Best Hotels Chefs of America” series. When he’s not experimenting with a new dish or brainstorming book ideas, Pivar can be found hiking, gardening, riding his motorcycle or spending time with his wife and daughter.
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About Hyatt Regency Bellevue
Hyatt Regency Bellevue is an AAA four-diamond hotel situated on Seattle’s Eastside, in the heart of downtown Bellevue, Washington. Nestled between Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountain Range, the hotel is part of The Bellevue Collection, the Northwest’s leading shopping, dining and entertainment destination. The hotel is one of a few Washington state hotels to earn a prestigious 5 Green Key rating from the Green Key Eco-Rating Program. Offering premier services and amenities to both business and leisure travelers, Hyatt Regency Bellevue features more than 70,000 square feet of flexible state-of-the-art event space, 732 luxurious guestrooms with complimentary wi-fi, and an expansive 7,000-square-foot workout complex. For more information, please visit