Plating at Ave

About Our Team at Ave

Executive Chef Massimo Defrancesca

Massimo De Francesca, Executive Chef

Massimo De Francesca is an award winning chef whose career took root in his culinary journeys through the kitchens of Italy, Canada, USA and Caribbean. With over 18 years of professional experience, Massimo has been at the helm of kitchens producing innovative dishes infused with local flare.

In 2008, Chef Massimo joined Kimpton Hotels at Domaso Trattoria Moderna in Arlington, Virginia and then spent three years in Manhattan as Executive Chef at Nios, adjacent to The Muse Hotel, and SilverLeaf Tavern at 70Park Ave Hotel. Most recently he was producing notable dishes at Taggia at FireSky Resort and Spa in Scottsdale and SaltRock Kitchen at Kimpton’s Amara Resort and Spa in Sedona.

He has appeared on national and local television and radio programs, and has been featured in articles in notable regional and national publications such as AZ Central, The New York Post, USA Today and The Washington Examiner. Chef Massimo has participated in prestigious culinary events including a collaborative Beach Glamour Dinner at the James Beard House in New York City, New York Food & Wine Festival, Grand Gourmet, Devoured Food & Wine Classic and Flavors of Phoenix.

Chef Massimo brings his many global influences to the new Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa. An authority on the multicultural culinary scene in Grand Cayman, he incorporates his extensive knowledge gleaned from locals, restaurateurs and fishermen into the unique culinary offerings at the resort and its three unique restaurants.

Director of FB Himanshu Jethi

Himanshu Jethi, Director of Food & Beverage


Himanshu Jethi has over 10 years of experience in the hospitality industry, the majority of which is on the Food & Beverage side of operations. Most recently, he worked as the Assistant Director of F&B at the Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, and his international management experience also includes stints as F&B Manager of Blue by Eric Ripert and SEVEN at The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman as well as Restaurants & Banquet Manager at the Taj Falaknuma Palace in India. Jethi graduated with a degree in Hotel Management and a Bachelors Degree in Tourism Studies, and was nominated for Restaurant Manager of the Year by Cayman Islands Tourism Association in 2014.

Bartender John Stanton

John Stanton, Beverage Manager

John Stanton joins the Seafire team from Chicago, where he received numerous awards for his work as Head Bartender at Sable Kitchen & Bar. A professional bartender for more than 10 years, Stanton got his start at Chicago’s Hungry Brain. In 2010, Stanton joined Sable Kitchen & Bar to assist with the opening and work under the guidance of acclaimed Head Bartender Mike Ryan. After two years, he was handed the reigns to spearhead Sable’s beer program, where he featured numerous local breweries. With Stanton at Sable’s helm, the acclaimed bar program was consistently named one of the top cocktail menus in the US, receiving accolades from Zagat, Departures, USA Today, Food & Wine, and Esquire, among others. He has a B.A. in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago.


General Manager Andrew Bradbury

Andrew Bradbury, Restaurant General Manager 

Andrew Bradbury has over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry as a sommelier, entrepreneur and technology pioneer. As Wine Director of Aureole at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Bradbury created the world’s first touch-screen wine menu, which earned him praise from The James Beard Foundation, National Restaurant Association and Wine Spectator. He founded Clo Wine Bar in New York in 2006 and Amo Eno Wine Bar in Hong Kong in 2011, and most recently served as Director of Wine & Spirits at Citarella Wine & Spirits. He has made numerous appearances on the Food Network and Travel Channel, and his work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, Wired, Wine & Spirits, Food & Wine, and The Wall Street Journal. He is a graduate of San Diego State University and holds an Advanced Certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers.