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Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel

4200 Jim Walter Blvd · Tampa, Florida 33607 USA

  • +1-813-313-3235

Pelagia Trattoria

  • +1-813-313-3235

Chef & Staff Profiles

Meet Pelagia Trattoria Executive Chef Brett Austin Gardiner.

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Executive Chef - Brett Austin Gardiner


Brett Austin Gardiner, former executive chef and co-owner of the award-winning Restaurant Hapa in Oldsmar, joined the culinary team at Tampa’s critically acclaimed Pelagia Trattoria as sous chef in December 2011.


Gardiner, who opened Restaurant Hapa in 2005, closed that successful fine dining venture to oversee a larger staff and continue an on-going culinary collaboration with former co-worker, Pelagia Executive Chef Andrew Basch.


This reunited culinary “dream team” first worked together while at Oystercatchers at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, where Gardiner was lead cook and sous chef.  Gardiner left Oystercatchers to open Restaurant Hapa and was joined at his new restaurant in 2005.


Our talented team works hard every day to bring the freshest possible Italian cuisine right to your table. Visit us today!