Chef Gardiner’s career started at the Kobe Japanese Steak House in his homeland of Honolulu, HI. There, he developed his passion for the industry, working his way through his family’s business. He became sous chef at Sorrento’s Top of the “I” in Honolulu, then relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona to attend a culinary institute. Following graduation, Gardiner became a Master Cook through the M.G.M. School of Leadership while creating “French cuisine with Pacific flair” for diners at Gatsby’s, the signature gourmet experience at the M.G.M. Grand Hotel Casino in Las Vegas.
He briefly returned to Hawaii in 1998 to serve as sous chef at the Kobe Japanese Steak House in Maui before moving cross-country to Dunedin where he served as executive chef at Six Tables, a 30-seat, continental French restaurant. He continued his hotel industry experience becoming the Chef of Oystercatchers at Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay.
Gardiner is locally known for his award-winning restaurant “Hapa,” which he owned and operated with his wife Nina Gardiner. Under Chef Gardiner’s guidance, Hapa received “Golden Spoon Awards” from Florida Trend Magazine and was recognized as one of the “Best of the Bay” restaurants by Tampa Bay Magazine from 2006 – 2011.
Chef Gardiner first joined the culinary team at Tampa’s critically acclaimed Pelagia Trattoria as sous chef in December 2011. Now executive chef, he continues to curate the finest ingredients to create an unforgettable Italian dining experience at Pelagia Trattoria, winning the “Golden Spoon Award” five years in a row. He also shares the Renaissance brand’s passion for infusing local culinary tradition into his catering menus for exquisite events at Renaissance Tampa International Hotel.
International Plaza Restaurant Information
Pelagia Trattoria is located in the International Plaza on the lobby level of Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel.
Hours of Operation:
Attire: Business casual
Parking: Complimentary valet parking is available for Pelagia Trattoria customers.
An 18 percent gratuity is added to parties of six or more.