Hotel Haya, a boutique hotel in Tampa’s historic Ybor City, has hired Nathan Hardin and Jeff Carlson as executive chef and food and beverage director, respectively.
Hardin, according to a press release, is a native of Tampa and previously worked at Steelbach, a restaurant in the Armature Works food hall, as an executive chef. His dishes have been featured at the James Beard House in New York, and his resume includes stints at Highball and Harvest at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes and the award-winning Yardbird Southern Table and Bar in Miami Beach.
At Hotel Haya, he will oversee Flor Fina, the hotel restaurant.
“We are excited to introduce Flor Fina’s new midday meal and invite customers to experience lunch in addition to our dinner and brunch menus,” Hardin said in the statement. “As Executive Chef of Hotel Haya, I look forward to working with this talented team to showcase the unique cultures and flavors that inspire and further enhance Flor Fina’s culinary offerings.”
Carlson, the statement said, comes to Hotel Haya with extensive experience in the hospitality industry, including stops in Atlanta and San Diego, where he led food and beverage operations at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres.
“I am delighted to be appointed as the new Food and Beverage Manager at Hotel Haya and look forward to overseeing the property’s catering operations to further enhance the world-class service and genuine hospitality of the hotel. ‘Haya hotel for all guests,’ Carlson said in the statement. .