The Peninsula Beverly Hills’ iconic The Belvedere restaurant, the only AAA Five Diamond-rated restaurant in Southern California, will sport a new look and a new executive chef when it reopens this month following a complete three-month remodel. The Los Angeles mainstay and power lunch favorite, The Belvedere now features striking new interiors, an expanded outdoor terrace and a full menu transformation.
Under the direction of new Executive Chef David Codney, The Belvedere’s New American menu offers Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with a focus on seafood. Codney also supervises the dining experience at the Roof Garden restaurant, as well as catering, special events and room service.
A highlight of the new restaurant is the outdoor dining experience, comprising nearly half of the restaurant’s space. Water, fire features and lush foliage combine to create an urban garden oasis in the middle of Beverly Hills.
Codney, whose passion for cooking developed in high school, joins the 5-star hotel from his role as executive sous chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples in Florida. His career began with an externship at The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas following his graduation from the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park. The Ohio native cooked under three Certified Master Chefs during his time with Ritz-Carlton and was also a guest chef at James Beard House, the Naples Food & Wine Festival and the Southwest Winter Wine Festival.
What three go-to ingredients are always in your home kitchen?
Most people think of food when it comes to ingredients, but what comes to mind for me, immediately, are my cast iron pans. I love them. They have been with me for years and cook everything so evenly.
The second is home brew. I brew a lot and cook with it whenever I can. There is something about the combination of home beer and food that makes every meal better. Hops clean the palate and make every bite vibrant and alive.
Lastly, I am a chili junkie. Habaneros, jalapeños, serranos, aji amarillo — anything with spice and flavor, the hotter the better.
What’s your favorite season for cooking, and why?
My favorite is the one coming next. I am constantly on the hunt for inspiration, which means I am always hungry for the new, the up-and-coming and, more importantly, what it is that I currently don’t have.
Aside from your current position, what’s the best job you’ve ever had?
When I was just out of high school, I worked at a restaurant named Baricelli Inn. It taught me what I was made of, to never give up, and that you can do anything if you have passion and drive. It also taught me a love for cheese; we had a cheese-aging cooler. I learned the art of ripening, composing cheese plates and about seasonality. There is no such thing as a perfect job, but spending a day back in the cheese cave is pretty close.
What’s the first meal you ever cooked?
To be honest, I have no idea. I have an early childhood memory of cooking classes, and I vividly remember making spinach puffs out of a children’s cookbook with measuring cups attached. My brother loved making “tuna wiggle” casserole, made of egg noodles, tuna and cream sauce. To this day, it is the only thing I will not eat!
What are your first thoughts when you hear “farm-to-table”?
It’s a funny concept. I’ve always had a love for the outdoors, and to see we are only now celebrating something as fundamental and basic as farm-to-table makes me a little sad because people are only finding out what the world has to offer. On the flip side, its popularity raised awareness for sustainable farming practices and the impact on eco-systems. Instead of labeling it, I look at it as a growing hunger for knowledge, flavor and responsibility.
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Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
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