Esteemed Local Chef Paul McCabe Leaves San Diego Once Again

April 9, 2019

After less than a year serving as the Director of Food & Beverage at InterContinental San Diego, highly respected area chef Paul McCabe has departed America's Finest City to take a corporate position with the Howard Hughes Corporation in Houston, TX.

"Paul McCabe has accepted a new opportunity in Houston, Texas where he will be leading culinary operations at a corporate level for the Howard Hughes Corporation," commented InterContinental Director of Marketing & Communications Dana Flower. "We greatly value his contributions and leadership over the past year in launching InterContinental San Diego and wish him nothing but success in his new endeavor. Chef Amy DiBiase will continue to lead the Vistal culinary team while maintaining the elevated service and creativity that has been established throughout the hotel's food and beverage operations. The hotel is currently searching for Paul’s replacement."

In addition to helping shape the hotel's signature restaurant Vistal, Chef Paul McCabe has been in charge of overseeing the hotel’s comprehensive food and beverage program, including banquets serving 95,000 square feet of event space. A seasoned industry veteran with over 30 years of experience and training in Californian, Mediterranean, Southwestern and Pacific Rim cuisines, McCabe was previously with Town & Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego prior to joining InterContinental, and he has also worked at Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Arizona and is most known locally for his instrumental role in putting L'Auberge Del Mar’s KITCHEN 1540 on the map. McCabe has garnered esteemed industry awards and recognition over the years, including being named as a "rising star of American cuisine" by the James Beard Foundation. Chef McCabe's last day at InterContinental San Diego was April 2.

Chef Paul's first matter of business with the Howard Hughes Corporation will be heading to New York City. There, he will work on the revamp of the South Street Seaport Village operation. Last year, the Howard Hughes Corporation, a publicly traded developer of master-planned communities across the U.S., purchased one of the South Street Seaport’s largest vacant lots which is situated at the entrance to the Seaport District. The firm is also at work on the redevelopment of Pier 17 and the Tin Building at the popular Manhattan destination.