Chef Paula DaSilva
In 2000, at only 21, talented chef and author Dean James Max opened 3030 Ocean, the hotel's modern American seafood restaurant, and selected DaSilva as his Chef de Cuisine. Under Max's tutelage, DaSilva secured a reputation as one of South Florida's future culinary stars. A few years later, the rest of the country got a sample of Paula's aptitude when the chef appeared on season five of the popular FOX reality cooking show Hell's Kitchen with Gordon Ramsay. There, she was regularly spared Ramsay's wrath by virtue of her talent, dedication, passion and lack of drama or attitude, which ultimately led to her near win. Soon after the show ended, she was named "Best Celebrity Chef" in the Broward/Palm Beach New Times 2009 Best Of issue. Later that year DaSilva was honored as one of Broward County's "40 Under 40" by Gold Coast Magazine. She's also received several awards for her efforts in supporting the local community, including the prestigious Women's Circle of Excellence Award given by the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce for her services in hospitality.
DaSilva was instrumental in creating the concept for 1500˚ and her dedication has hit all the right notes with diners and critics alike. The restaurant was voted "Best New Steakhouse" by Miami New Times and, since opening its doors, has been featured in a slew of high-profile publications including CNN.com, RestaurantHospitality, New York Magazine's Grubstreet blog, Ocean Drive and New York Resident. Most recently, 1500˚ was the only Florida restaurant to be named one of The Best New Restaurants of 2011 by Esquire magazine in its prestigious annual November feature of the same name.