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City Center chef wins top regional award
Chef Kevin Nape
Richmond Hill City Center's Executive Chef Kevin Nape. Photo provided.

The Richmond Hill City Center’s Executive Chef, Kevin Nape, was named the winner of the 2018 Savannah Gourmet Seafood and Spirits Festival AquaCurean Challenge last weekend for the second year in a row.

This competition takes place at the annual four-day seafood and spirits festival and is hosted by the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf  Resort & Spa on Hutchinson Island in Savannah.

Now in its fifth year, the festival includes a number of seafood and spirit events and attracts chefs from across the nation to compete in the AquaCurean Challenge.

Beverly Cosmann, General Manager of the Richmond Hill City Center said, “This is a huge honor and well-deserved triumph for our chef. When we were able to attract someone of Chef  Kevin’s caliber and experience to our organization last year, the accolades began almost immediately in response to his culinary approach which emphasizes unique, custom-prepared cuisine. We are delighted that he has been recognized by the judges of the AquaCurean Challenge as he so frequently is by our guests at the City Center.”

Nape’s winning dish, his Southern Smoked Seafood Trio, combines cherry wood smoked crab leg meat, applewood smoked lobster and hickory/mesquite smoked shrimp. This combination is served on a fresh mango relish in a radicchio cup, topped with micro greens and topped with a choice of three sauces - chili, citrus or peach.

“I love to use locally sourced ingredients and my recipes are frequently inspired by living and working in beautiful Coastal Georgia," Nape said. "I appreciate the support of my team and management at the City Center and am thrilled to have won this prestigious award.”

Nape joined the City Center in 2017 to oversee culinary operations. He has worked in the catering field for 35 years working his way up the ranks as a sous chef in a wide variety of culinary landscapes from country clubs, hotels, fine dining establishments, convention centers and sporting events. 

The Richmond Hill City Center is set amidst 335 acres of wetlands and park. The center specializes in corporate and association meetings/events, weddings and receptions, as well as private functions and parties. The venue consists of a 4,000 square-foot ballroom and 10 meeting rooms, making up 23,000 square feet of multifunctional event space. 

For more information about the Richmond Hill City Center, visit or call 912-445-0043. For information about the Aquacurean competition visit

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