TAMPA, Fla. (August 3, 2023) – Located in the trendy Hyde Park historic district of South Tampa, Epicurean Hotel recently announced the promotion of Andrea Paulino to Chef de Cuisine of the 137-room boutique hotel. In this position, Chef Paulino will provide culinary direction for the property’s talented chefs, updating seasonal happy hour menus, and ensuring the quality and consistency of culinary items. Paulino will also assist in creating and teaching a diverse list of cooking classes at the hotel’s state-of-the-art, 32-seat Epicurean Theatre.
“Andrea’s diverse experience and continued leadership in the kitchen made her the only choice for our Chef de Cuisine,” said Shawn Routten, General Manager, Epicurean Hotel. “We know her talents and passion for excellence will continue to enhance the hotel’s exceptional culinary team and elevate our guest experience for years to come.”
Chef Paulino was born and raised in Morelia, Mexico, and graduated top of her class from Culinario de Mexico, one of Mexico’s premier culinary arts universities. Her most recent positions were with Epicurean Hotel, first as a cook and then, with the guidance of Executive Chef Jon Atanacio, she was promoted to Executive Sous Chef. Prior to that, Chef Paulino was at Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah, a five-star resort near Dubai, UAE, where she managed dozens of cooks and assisted the executive chef with daily restaurant operations. She also worked in Seoul, South Korea, where she served as Head Chef for Tomatillo, and her love for Mexican cuisine led to their expansion to five locations. Paulino has fine-tuned her culinary techniques through a range of positions with Fairmont Hotel, Fiesta Inn, and Pangea, all in Mexico, as well as Il Fornello in Toronto, Canada.
“Chef Paulino has always been a strong creative presence in our kitchen, and there is no doubt that Élevage SoHo Kitchen & Bar will thrive under her influence,” said Jon Atanacio, Executive Chef, Epicurean Hotel.
The food-focused Epicurean Hotel features a state-of-the-art culinary classroom known as the Epicurean Theatre; Élevage SoHo Kitchen & Bar signature restaurant; EDGE Rooftop Cocktail Lounge; Bern’s Fine Wines & Spirits wine shop; Evangeline full-service spa; Chill Bros. Scoop Shop; and 5,200-square feet of flexible event space. The Epicurean Hotel was developed in collaboration with Mainsail Lodging & Development and the legendary Bern’s Steak House and is the first newly constructed hotel property in the United States to join the prestigious Autograph Collection® of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR). EpicureanHotel.com
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Mainsail Lodging & Development is an award-winning, Tampa, Florida-based company specializing in hotel, furnished housing, and resort property management and development, marketing and sales. An established company with a dynamic entrepreneurial spirit, Mainsail prides itself in finding unique lodging opportunities with a purpose and applying its passion and expertise to each project. Founded by President Joe Collier with a combination of daring vision and dogged determination, Mainsail has built an impressive portfolio of top-branded properties throughout the southeastern United States and Caribbean. Each Mainsail property inspires guests with a distinct character and meticulously crafted, sophisticated style, from a private island resort, and urban culinary showplaces, to waterfront marvels, boutique southern hotels, and a historic jazz era icon. Stay Sojo, Mainsail’s newest brand, provides short-term furnished living options across the country, while Mainsail Vacation Rentals manages a collection of private vacation homes in Florida and the Caribbean. To ensure long-term success and profitability, Mainsail relies on the dedication of its high-performing associates, a growing group of enterprising investors, and a commitment to giving back, every step of the way. MainsailHotels.com
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