El Conquistador Resort & Las Casitas Village, A Waldorf Astoria Resort Announces New Executive Culinary Team
El Conquistador Resort & Las Casitas Village, A Waldorf Astoria Resort names Al Amengual as Director of Food & Beverage and Donovan Campbell as Executive Chef, effective immediately. Amengual and Campbell head the luxury resort's banquet and catering services as well as its 23 dining outlets.
"We're excited to welcome both Al and Chef Donovan to El Conquistador Resort & Las Casitas Village," said Dermot Connolly, managing director. "We look forward to them bringing their extensive experience in luxury resorts and great talents of culinary excellence and creativity to raise the bar on the culinary experience for our special events."
With over 24 years in Food & Beverage Management, Al Amengual spent the last eight years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts most recently as Director of Food & Beverage at W Resort and Spa Vieques (Puerto Rico). Prior to his time with Starwood, Amengual held the same position at several five star resorts in the US and Caribbean, including Naples Grande (Florida), Hyatt Dorado Beach Golf Resort (Puerto Rico) and Casa Marina (Florida Keys). He graduated from the Conrad Hilton School of Hotel
Management at the University of Houston.
Donovan Campbell joins El Conquistador Resort & Las Casitas Village from Celebrity Cruises where he was Executive Chef aboard the Celebrity Equinox. A seasoned and accomplished chef with over 26 years professional cooking experience, he's spent time as Executive Chef in some of the top culinary resorts in Las Vegas, including the renowned Wynn and Bellagio resorts. He was nominated for Restaurateur of the Year (National Restaurant Association) and recognized as One of the Top 15 African-American Chefs in the Country (Ebony).
El Conquistador Resort & Las Casitas Village is home to the largest, most comprehensive meeting space in the Caribbean. With a stunning array of ballrooms and terraces featuring ocean and El Yunque Rain Forest views, world-class amenities and shining hospitality, the Grand Atlantic Conference Center is unrivaled in size, scope and service. Over 100,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting and event space ranging from elegant modern ballrooms to unique outdoor settings. Two banquet kitchen facilities offer groups the flexibility of offering kosher meals as well as other specialty meals with both buffet and a la carte dining options available. For smaller groups, private events and hotel guests, El Conquistador Resort & Las Casitas Village features 23 restaurants, bars and lounges, from gourmet to casual, many with views of the Atlantic Ocean and the resort's private Palomino Island, including the sultry Chops Steakhouse, the resort's signature restaurant offering steakhouse favorites and local favorites including mofongo.
For more information on El Conquistador Resort, please visit http://www.elconresort.com. For more information on Las Casitas Village, please visit http://www.lascasitasvillage.com.
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