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Mr. Garcelon

David Garcelon

Director of Culinary, Waldorf Astoria NYC

Chef David Garcelon took his first kitchen position at the age of 14 and soon recognized his love of food and culinary passion. Throughout his career, Chef Garcelon has consistently developed his culinary expertise to successfully lead some of the largest hotel kitchens in the world. “As someone who has worked in hotels for the majority of my career, the opportunity to be part of The Waldorf=Astoria is something I have always dreamed of,“ remarks Chef Garcelon. “Leading kitchens where numerous iconic dishes were created instills a powerful drive to expand upon and innovate the hotel's culinary offerings.” Chef Garcelon, director of culinary at The Waldorf=Astoria, is responsible for the entire kitchen operations of the landmark hotel. A 20-year veteran of executive chef positions around North America, he brings his love of food and passion for using the finest, locally sourced ingredients to the iconic hotel's distinctive restaurants: the stylish Peacock Alley, the jewel of the hotel's lobby, renowned for its extravagant brunch and seafood menu; Bull & Bear steakhouse, a Manhattan institution; and Oscar's American Brasserie, offering casual dining. Chef Garcelon, who grew up in New Brunswick, Canada is a graduate of Cornell University and the Culinary Institute of Canada, and is a Certified Food and Beverage Executive with the American Hotel & Motel Association and a Certified Executive Chef with the American Culinary Federation. His dedication to the culinary world even extends into his personal life as his wife shares his love of food and hospitality and is currently a culinary instructor. Prior to joining The Waldorf=Astoria, Chef Garcelon served as executive chef of the 1,364-room Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, where he led Canada's largest hotel kitchen. As an advocate for local and sustainable food sourcing and purchasing, Chef Garcelon proudly oversaw the hotel's rooftop herb garden, only one of its kind in Toronto, as an extension of the hotel's environmental program and in 2008 established a rooftop apiary. He has also served as executive chef for The Fairmont Southampton Bermuda; Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper, Alberta; and CP Hotels' The Lodge at Kananaskis, Kananaskis, Alberta. Chef Garcelon is charged with bringing his expertise to The Waldorf=Astoria, the epicenter of New York City's business, social, cultural and political life and one of the city's most diverse dining destinations. He is poised to innovatively expand on the hotel's already famed culinary history. The Waldorf=Astoria is credited with the creation of such American staples as veal Oscar, lobster Newburg, eggs Benedict and (of course) Waldorf salad and helped popularize culinary traditions like Thousand Island dressing and red velvet cake. Chef Garcelon has enjoyed numerous culinary awards and accolades, including: - Certified Chef de Cuisine Canada - Slow Food member - Certified Executive Chef USA - 2005 Chef of the Year Award, Bermuda Visitor Industry Partnership - Bronze Medallion of Excellence, Bermuda Baillage Chaine des Rotissuers - Dish of the Year, Chaine des Rotissuer, Alberta Nord - United States Meat Export Federation Menu Competition Winner - Bronze Medal National Team Hot Competition, Quebec City - Canadian Champion's and Gold Medal Winner, Canadian Provincial Team Hot Competition - Achieved 1st AAA Five-Diamond Award for The Newport Room Restaurant, Fairmont Southampton - Achieved 1st AAA Four-Diamond Award for L'Escapade Restaurant, The Lodge at Kananaski

Mr. Garcelon can be contacted at 212-355-3000 or david_garcelon@hilton.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.