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3800 Ocean chef Gustavo Calderon unveils new menu



3800 Ocean

Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa, 3800 N. Ocean Drive, Singer Island, 561-340-1795,

Gustavo Calderon has released his first menus as the new executive chef at this 6-year-old, chic beachfront retreat specializing in modern American cuisine.

“The Middle East was definitely one of the best culinary journeys of my career,” says Calderon, who started last summer after working at the Ritz-Carlton Bahrain. “There, I learned how to cook with different herbs and spices, such as za’atar and sumac. We now offer a few Middle Eastern touches, such as a mezze duo of traditional chickpea hummus and smoked pepper muhammara with za’atar-dusted pita chips for lunch ($12).

His Mexican upbringing influences dinner selections of seafood ceviche with guajillo-pepper-rubbed baby corn ($16) and seared scallops with squid-ink risotto, octopus, veggies, chorizo and tangy tomatillo sauce ($18).

“My grandma’s tomatillo salsa is different in that it incorporates avocado to provide more consistency and creaminess,” Calderon says. “The Florida seafood cioppino is another favorite ($42). It has some great components such as achiote and cilantro, which we add to the broth.”

Seven new desserts for dinner include pina-colada croissant bread pudding and fizzy passionfruit and raspberry puffs (both $9).

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