Chef Erwin Mallet

Chef Philippe Ruiz

French born executive chef Philippe Ruiz helms Villa Azur’s kitchen with his interpretation of French nouvelle cuisine style which received the highest accolades for his timeless approach with an international twist. In 2006, the French government honored Ruiz with the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre Du Mérite Agricole. The award, first established in 1883, recognizes the “continued and significant contribution to the quality, advancement and success of the agricultural and food sectors.” Prior to joining the Villa Azur family team, Ruiz’s held the top position at Biltmore Hotel’s Palme d’Or, where he elevated the restaurant to the highest echelon of South Florida’s dining scene. Before that Ruiz build his professional repertoire with stints at Two-Michelin-Star Château de Divonne in Divonne-les-Bains, France, at Two-Michelin-Star Le Chat Botté at the Hôtel Beau Rivage in Geneva, Switzerland, at Le Vieux Moulin, a Two-Michelin-Star property also in Geneva as well as at St. Martin’s renowned La Samanna resort. Chef PHILIPPE RUIZ marries both classic and modern cuisine working on the alliance of flavors and textures. His international culinary expertise transforms the restaurant and its cuisine into a true epicurean experience. With an in-house sommelier on hand to suggest the ideal custom wine pairing, Villa Azur strives to sculpt the perfect meal from start to finish