Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch, the premier Arizona desert resort located at the base of the McDowell Mountains, has partnered with Celebrity Chef Richard Blais as part of a transformative reconcepting of the resort’s food and beverage experiences. The television star and James Beard-nominated chef will debut several new concepts at the resort as part of the property’s $110 million renovation and branding to a Grand Hyatt property.

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“We are thrilled to announce a partnership with Celebrity Chef Richard Blais to debut elevated dining and bar experiences at our beautiful Sonoran Desert resort,” said Lance Marrin, General Manager of Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa. “The new and exciting concepts will provide a wide variety of global and local flavors that our guests and local residents will love. All of our restaurant and bar venues are expected to debut this fall as we finalize our extensive renovation project.”

Richard Blais is a successful chef, restauranteur, James Beard-nominated cookbook author and television personality. Blais currently co-stars alongside Gordon Ramsay on FOX’s hit cooking competition, Next Level Chef, and is widely recognized as the first winner of Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars.

Blais will debut six new dining experiences at the resort. The first will be his signature concept, a personal love letter to Italian American cuisine with a focus on hand-made pastas and charcoal grilled steaks, seafood, and chops. The outlet will feature sophisticated indoor seating connected to the resort’s Desert Garden outdoor entertainment space. It will also include an elegant wine bar and lounge serving premier Italian wines.

The second exciting new outlet will showcase a vibrant and playful concept that brings together the best of Japanese sushi and Spanish tapas infused with the unique flavors and ingredients from the Southwest. The focal point will be a spacious sushi and tapas bar offering delicious made-to-order specialties.

Blais will also oversee the concept development of a Southwest-style grill highlighting the best produce, meats, and seafood from the regional area. The three-meal restaurant will be open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It will be connected to the resort’s renovated lobby bar which will reflect an extravagant style of a classic and grand hotel lounge.

Additionally, Chef Blais will debut new pool-side dining with two reimagined experiences.  The first, H2Oasis, is currently open and available for guests. The menu, created by Blais, features delicious island-inspired tacos highlighting global flavors from the South Pacific, Polynesia, Hawaii and the Caribbean, along with many exciting frozen cocktail selections. The second family side pool restaurant will feature popular American cuisine with gourmet burgers, fresh seasoned fries, crispy chicken tenders, and more.

In addition to his work with Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, Blais currently owns and operates Trail Blais, a forward-thinking culinary consulting company that has consulted on, designed, and operated popular eateries across the country. Trail Blais also advises national brands on menu creativity, ideation and employee training sessions. He is the James Beard Award-nominated author of “Try This at Home: Recipes from My Head to Your Plate,” as well as his second cookbook, “So Good.” His more recent cookbook, “Plant Forward: 100 Bold Recipes For A Mostly Healthy Lifestyle” was co-written with his wife Jazmin and published in October 2023. Blais has appeared on “Today,” “Good Morning America,” “The Rachael Ray Show” and “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.” He also has been featured in The New York Times, InStyle and Food & Wine.

As part of the $110 million renovation, the multi-phase transformation of Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa will include a complete rebranding of the property to a Grand Hyatt hotel, the first in Arizona. The updates include a full renovation of guestrooms, food and beverage outlets, spacious pool area, Spa Avania and fitness center, key public areas and amenities including the expansion of the hotel’s indoor and outdoor meeting and events spaces.

For more information or to book a stay at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch, please visit or call (480) 444-1234.