Celebrity chef Stephan Pyles, who was recently tapped by Hotel ZaZa to oversee the development of its restaurant Dragonfly (a beast that feasts in-flight), has grabbed Crescent Court Executive Chef Jeff Moschetti to take hold of the kitchen. The California Culinary Academy graduate, who has also held positions at The Mansion on Turtle Creek and Paula La Du Fine Catering in San Francisco, will not only command the Dragonfly kitchen team, he will also oversee the hotel's food service operations and collaborate with Pyles on new menu creations. Dragonfly, a 144-seat restaurant with a wine room, bar and terrace dining, will mesh the flavors of Asia and the Mediterranean--not exactly globe-shaking innovation, at least on paper. But wait: A press release describes the environs as "an intimate global setting with 'world beat rhythms,'"--maybe this is where the shaking comes in. Created by Oklahoma City developer Charles S. Givens, Hotel ZaZa on McKinney Avenue boasts 146 guest rooms and 13 "themed suites" plus "an indulgent ZaSpa" and an Urban Oasis and swimming pool. But not a bug zapper in sight.
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