Cypress Cove Resort brings some cooking flare to chef competition

The Cypress Cove team was lead by Chef Michael Rosado and Chef Jose Matos.

Cypress Cove Nudist Resort brought its “A” game to the Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association’s (CFHLA) HEAT Tradeshow and Chef Competition on Aug. 28 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee.

Competing with heavy hitters such as Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, Orlando World Center Marriott, Magic Village Resort, and seven other major competitors, the Cypress Cove team, lead by Chef Michael Rosado and Chef Jose Matos, held their own and made Cypress Cove’s booth the most popular one in the tradeshow.

“We did our best,” said Chef Rosado, “and the lines of people were longest at our booth, so the people liked what we did.”

Rosado and Matos chose to compete with a surf and turf dish that included a conch, lobster, and shrimp ceviche with a braised filet mignon atop a homemade polenta cake, sided with a mozzarella and parmesan cracker and roasted carrot. The competition was tough, but the Cypress Cove booth proved to be the busiest.

“Several people mentioned that they remembered our dish from last year,” said Dan Whicker, Cypress Cove director of sales and marketing. “They were expecting something good, and the chefs did not disappoint.”

“Last year was the first time that Cypress Cove entered the Chef Competition,” added Cypress Cove General Manager Peter Sewall, “and we took home the People’s Choice Award. Although we did not win an award this year, we still took home plenty of acceptance and goodwill from the tradeshow organizers and event attendees.”

“And that’s invaluable,” Whicker noted as he and Sewall stood in front of Cypress Cove’s hand-crafted, baseball-themed booth display. “Cypress Cove made a huge splash at this event last year. For a nudist resort to receive such acceptance and respect from the local hospitality industry is wonderful. We’re proud that CFHLA has embraced our resort as the major player in Central Florida that it is.”

Sewall agreed, saying, “With the chef competition, the bigger story for us is not who won the awards, but the fact that our chefs held their own against some major players in the industry,” he said. “We still have our 2018 trophy, and you can bet that we’ll be back in full force in 2020.”

“We love what we do and where we work,” Chef Matos said. “Our work shows it, and we invite the public to come to Cypress Cove and sample that for themselves.”

For more information about the CFHLA and HEAT Tradeshow, visit cfhla.org.

For more information about Cypress Cove Nudist Resort, visit cypresscoveresort.com.