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Elaia Shifts Direction Under Chef Aaron Martinez

In October, esteemed St. Louis restaurant Elaia welcomed a new Executive Chef, Aaron Martinez. Now, as Owner of Bengelina Hospitality Group Ben Poremba looks to the new year, he is pleased to unveil a new direction for the award-winning establishment.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Promotes Luciano Sperduto

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort promoted Luciano Sperduto to director of food and beverage from his previous role as assistant director.Sperduto will oversee the resort’s multi-million dollar food and beverage operation comprised of 17 food and beverage outlets, along with the catering and award-winning banquets division which conducts more than 1 million banquet covers annually.

Emily Phillips Named Executive Chef of Vivere

Italian Village Restaurants—Chicago’s original Italian destination —announced the appointment of Chef Emily Phillips as executive chef of its contemporary Italian concept, Vivere.With a versatile culinary background and contagious passion for the restaurant industry, Phillips joined the Italian Village family as Sous Chef in Summer 2018 before recently being named Executive Chef.

Le Bernardin Picked as No. 1 Restaurant In The World

Le Bernardin, fresh off its third Michelin Star for the 14th consecutive year, was named the No. 1 restaurant in the world by La Liste. The global restaurant guide, which debuted in 2015, said it provides “an objective and democratic ranking of the world's most outstanding restaurants powered by a proprietary algorithm that gathers information from over 600 leading food guides, user-generated review sites and global publications such as The New York Times, Michelin Guide, TripAdvisor, and more.

The Arizona Biltmore Hires Thierry Delourneaux as Executive Pastry Chef

The Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, announced the appointment of Thierry Delourneaux to the position of Executive Pastry Chef. A respected culinarian with extensive experience at legendary, luxury properties, Chef Delourneaux will oversee all pastry and confection operations at the landmark property.

LondonHouse Chicago Names Samantha Santiago Torres Executive Pastry Chef

LondonHouse Chicago, the luxury lifestyle property on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive, announces the appointment of Samantha Santiago Torres as Executive Pastry Chef.Santiago Torres began her culinary career by studying at the prestigious Camilo José Cela University in Madrid, Spain with a Ferrán Adriá Chair Professorship.

Alto-Shaam Hires Isaac Wilde as a Sous Chef

Alto-Shaam hired Isaac Wilde as a Sous Chef at its corporate headquarters in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.Wilde first joined Alto-Shaam in May 2018 when he served as a culinary intern for the summer. Prior to his internship, he spent several years working in Milwaukee restaurants.