Hell’s Kitchen Winner to Open Restaurant on Fort Lauderdale Beach

As B Ocean Fort Lauderdale prepares to open its doors in January, the company announced an exciting addition to the team. Best-known for winning Season 7 of Hell’s Kitchen, Chef Holli Ugalde will serve as Celebrity Signature Chef for the new upper-upscale lifestyle hotel.


In her new role, Chef Holli will heat things up with the creation of a variety of unique, exclusive signature dishes for B Ocean Fort Lauderdale. She will also host a quarterly Celebrity Chef Event Series, during which travelers and locals alike can engage and garner tips, tools and recipes to take home and utilize in their own kitchens, as well as have interactive social and dining time with her.

Fresh on the heels of her victory during the seventh season of FOX’s hit television series, Hell’s Kitchen, Chef Holli has already started in the development of her plans for B Ocean Fort Lauderdale. This will include the creation of “Chef Holli Signature Items” that will be seen throughout various aspects of the hotel’s food and beverage operations.

Ugalde’s signature items will be found in B’Stro, the hotel’s unique, innovative full-service restaurant offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and grab-n-go. The B’stro will also offer an Italian Enomatic self-service wine bar that is all the rage in food and beverage circles, allowing guests to sip wine while enjoying fresh breads and cheeses in the afternoons and evenings.

“Chef Holli’s energy, passion, approachability and creative entrepreneurial spirit make her a great fit for the B Hotels & Resorts brand, which speaks to self-expression and emotional connection,” said Chris Tompkins, corporate vice president and brand marketing executive for B Hotels & Resorts.

“To have the opportunity to partner with and showcase her talents at B Ocean Fort Lauderdale really aligns well with our business model. We are thrilled to be working with Chef Holli and feel that this is an incredible opportunity for our guests, locals and the hotel’s ownership to have a one-of-a-kind experience with an inspirational, talented individual,” he states.

In addition to serving as Signature Chef and overseeing the implementation of her signature items into the hotel’s menus, Ugalde will also offer hotel guests the chance to participate in interactive weekend experiences.

South Florida locals looking to meet, interact with and learn can participate in the Celebrity Chef Series, as well. The hotel is offering a package that does not include hotel accommodations but includes all other components.

Graduating from the prestigious Le Cordon Blue at an early age, Chef Holli went on to become a pastry chef for three years before starting her own company.

“I’m very excited about my new partnership with B Hotels & Resorts,” said Chef Holli. “The brand represents a new opportunity for travelers who enjoy quality, but with a focus on personal service and friendliness. I look forward to bringing new meaning to dynamic experiential travel for foodies in Fort Lauderdale, as well as from around the world.”

For more information, please visit BOceanFortLauderdale.com.