Rising Star Chef Arnel Esposo of Palette at the Madison, at Loews Hotel - Biography

Washington, DC


Chef Arnel Esposo grew up helping out in his mother's kitchen near Baltimore, Maryland where he enjoyed cooking dinner for his Filipino family. But it wasn’t until 1989 when Esposo represented the United States in the Culinary Team Europe competition that he realized his true calling was in the culinary world.

After returning home from the competition, Esposo enrolled in the Baltimore International College and earned a degree in Culinary Arts before returning to Europe to hone his craft. Following two years as Chef Tournant at Kilkea Castle Hotel in County Kildare, Ireland, Esposo decided to establish a reputation in his native Washington, D.C under area greats Michel Richard and Morou Ouattara. Esposo gained valuable fine dining experience as Chef de Partie at Citronelle and Sous Chef at Red Sage before assisting the opening team at Palette at the Madison (a Loews Hotel) and coming on board as Sous Chef in 2003. As Executive Chef at Palette, Esposo delighted D.C. diners with elegant and hearty dishes like Crispy Diver Scallops with Curry Mango Oil, Red Lentil Soup with Coriander Pesto and Pernod, and Braised Oxtail Ravioli inspired by his childhood culinary memories.