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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 July 2019...

Hotel Spa: Pursuing Distinction

The Wellness Movement continues to evolve and hotel spas continue to innovate in order to keep pace. Fueled by intense competition within the industry, hotel spas are seeking creative ways to differentiate themselves in the market. An increasing number of customers are searching for very specific, niche treatments that address their particular health concerns and, as a result, some leading spas have achieved distinction by offering only one specialized treatment. Meditation and mindfulness practices are becoming increasingly mainstream as are alternative treatments and therapies, such as Ayurvedic therapies, Reiki, energy work and salt therapy. Some spas specialize in stress management and offer lifestyle coaching sessions as part of their program.  Other spas are fully embracing new technologies as a way to differentiate themselves, such as providing wearable devices that track health and fitness biomarkers, or robots programmed with artificial intelligence to control spa environments, or virtual reality add-ons that transport guests to relaxing places around the world. Some spas have chosen to specialize in medical procedures such as liposuction, laser skin therapy, phototherapy facials, Botox and facial fillers, acupuncture and permanent hair removal, in addition to cosmetic body shaping procedures and  teeth whitening treatments. Similarly, other spas are offering comprehensive health check-ups and counseling services for those who are interested in disease prevention treatments. Finally, as hotel spas continue to become more diverse, accessible and specialized, there is a growing demand for health professionals with a specific area of expertise. There is a proliferation of top class, quality wellness practitioners who make a name for themselves by offering their services around the globe, including athletes, chefs, doctors, physical trainers and weight loss specialists. The July issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these trends and developments and examine how some hotel spas are integrating them into their operations.