For over a decade, 3030 Ocean at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa has been known for its delectable seafood, romantic ambience and talented culinary team. At the helm of the critically acclaimed restaurant’s kitchen, Executive Chef Paula DaSilva demonstrates a remarkable talent for creating imaginative, farm-to-fork dishes that highlight the flavors and freshness of South Florida’s local ingredients.

DaSilva (36), a native of Brazil who has called America home for more than 25 years, has been in love with the restaurant industry since she was a kid. From her early days in Massachusetts, peeling garlic and cleaning vegetables in her family’s Brazilian restaurant, DaSilva was hooked on cooking. After moving to South Florida, her parents opened two restaurants, for which DaSilva assisted in all aspects of operations, though her favorite moments were spent in the kitchen. Following high school, Paula attended the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, earning an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts.

Paula officially began her culinary career at 3030 Ocean in 2000 and while fine-tuning her culinary skills, she continued to wow industry professionals and foodies nation-wide when she appeared on season five of the popular FOX reality cooking show Hell’s Kitchen with Gordon Ramsay. There, she was regularly spared Ramsay’s wrath by virtue of her talent, dedication, passion and lack of drama or attitude, which ultimately led to her near win. Soon after the show ended, she was named “Best Celebrity Chef” in the Broward/Palm Beach New Times 2009 Best Of issue. Later that year DaSilva was honored as one of Broward County’s “40 Under 40” by Gold Coast magazine. Further solidifying her success, the talented young woman scored a national commercial for the International Culinary Schools at the Arts Institute, a tribute to her alma mater.

In 2010, DaSilva was named executive chef of 1500° at Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach, which received rave reviews and popular acclaim for its chic farm-to-table concept, gorgeous location and soulful, seasonal, rustic cookery. In 2011, 1500° was the only Florida restaurant featured in food critic John Mariani’s annual Esquire magazine feature, “The Best New Restaurants in America” and earned a reputation as one of the region’s must-try dining destinations. DaSilva was instrumental in creating the concept for 1500°, where she met frequently with farmers and fishermen to obtain the freshest ingredients available.

Following her successful run at 1500°, DaSilva returned to where it all began, as the Executive Chef at 3030 Ocean; bringing with her a revitalized menu filled with her diverse culinary vitae and her signature soulful cooking style. An enduring culinary powerhouse, Paula continues to demonstrate a dedication to her craft that hits all the right notes with diners and critics alike.

Now an official Chef Ambassador for Long Island’s first and only microbrewery, Blue Point Brewing Company, DaSilva remains a strong supporter of small businesses as well as the local community. Paula is an avid participant in several local culinary events benefiting charitable causes including The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation South Florida, VeritageMiami, Las Olas Wine & Food Festival and the March of Dimes Broward Signature Chefs Auction.

Chef DaSilva has also received several awards for her efforts in supporting the local community, including the prestigious Women’s Circle of Excellence award given by the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce for her services in hospitality. DaSilva was invited to be a guest chef at the James Beard House in New York City where she shared her innovative dishes with the sophisticated palates of their members and guests, and she is a seven-time participant in the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival in Orlando, Florida.