What I Do

Career Journey

American Expat, Traveling the world, learning, sharing, and growing….

 

Overseas Experience

Current Position, Location ,September 2015

  • Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya  , Thailand , Executive Assistant ic / Food and Beverage

 

Potato Head  ( PTT Family ) Bali & Jakarta ( Indonesia)

  • Potato Head Beach Club & Potato Head Garage Jan 2014 – Sept 2015 , Operations Manager

IHG (Greater China) 2007 to  Jan 2014

  • Intercontinental Beijing Beichen, Director of Food and Beverage
  • Crowne Plaza Shanghai Pudong, Director of Food and Beverage
  • Crowne Plaza Beijing, Director of Food and Beverage
  • Holiday Inn Hohhot, Food and Beverage Manager
  • Crowne Plaza Changshu, Executive Pastry Chef, Opening Team

Sheraton ( Greater China ) 2007 & 2002-2003

  • Sheraton Hotel Residence Complex / Four Points  by Sheraton, Sheraton Grand Tai Ping Yang) Executive Pastry Chef, Opening Team Member

Hilton ( Osaka Japan )

  • Executive Pastry Chef 2005/ 2006

Donbass Palace “Leading Hotel of the World Collection” Donetsk  , Ukraine

  • Executive Pastry  Food and Beverage Operations, Executive Pastry Chef, 2003 – 2005

Raffles , Singapore

  •  Executive Pastry Chef, 2001-2002

Hilton ,Cairo Egypt

  •  Executive Pastry Chef 2001

Grand Fomosa , Regent Taiwan, Taipei

  • Director Western Food, Executive Pastry Chef ,Sept.1996 – Feb. 1998

USA Experience

  • Century Plaza Hotel Los Angeles, California, Executive Pastry Chef
  • Aquilon Restaurant Group New York, New York, Corporate Pastry Chef
  • Hilton at Short hills New Jersey, Executive Pastry Chef , July 1994 – March 1996
  • Ritz Carlton Mauna Lani , Executive Pastry Chef , Jan. 1993 – May 1994
  • Ritz Carlton Philadelphia, Pastry Chef , Nov. 1991- Jan 1993
  • Hotel Intercontinental Forum Hotel Chicago, Illinois Assistant Pastry Chef Opening Team Member Oct. 1989 – Nov 1991
  • Whitehall Tremont Hotels, Pastry Chef , 1988-1989

Events and Acomplishements

  •  IHG Food Safety Champion Beijing Cluster (96.4 / 97.1) Highest Score Greater China
  •  IHG Northern China Food Safety Auditor (100% Pass Ratio)
  •  IHG Beijing Cluster Champion 9th Annual Cooking Competition/ Committee Member 4 years / PR Marketing /Judges
  • China Open 2013 Outside Catering 25,000 Meals (13 days)
  • Oktoberfest Outside Catering 2013, 1300 Meals (2 day) 2013
  • ANZA “Great Wall” Outside Catering 2013, 477 Meals 2013
  • Husky Outside Catering 2012, 1000 Meals
  • Project Leader (CHAR) IHG Steakhouse Concept 2012
  • Development & Project Leader (ANGUS GRILL) Steakhouse Concept 2010 Opening / Team 5 Hotels 1998-2012 (Set up SOPs, Implementation, Training, Product Creation )
  • Development Pastry / Bread Lines
  • Development of Packaging, Lines
  • Design, Develop, Bakery Take Out
  • UEFA Champions League Quarter Finals 2005,( Out Catering 8,000 Meals 4 days )

Skills Acquired

  • Strategic Thinking, Planning and Execution
  • IHG Risk & Crisis Management Systems
  • Strive for Excellence, (People, Brand, Details)
  • IHG Food Hygiene Management System / HACCP Guidelines
  • Brand Deliverance, Customer Recognition, Quality Consistency
  • Creative Thinking (Design & Concepts, Menus, Social and
  • Corporate Events, Creative Advertisement, Social Media Campaigns)
  • Work Collaboration
  • Cultural Adaptation
  • Change, Implementation
  • Key Drivers (Forecasting, Budgets, ROI, Cost Reduction, Storage/ Inventory Systems, Ordering, Controls,)
  • Human Resources (Development, Retention, Quality Work Environment, Team Building)
  • Community Awareness / Activities Green Engage / Recycle Programs / Energy Conservation

Education

March 1988- November 1988 Certificate in Baking
30 week Program ,July 1986- March 1988

1986 Culinary Institute of America
Culinary Institute of America
A.O.S Degree “ Culinary Arts Program “

Sept. 1983 – May 1985 Erie Community College North A.O.S Degree “Food Service Administration “

Honors & Awards

  • 1989 Bronze medal pastry competition
  • 1989 Silver medal pastry competition
  • 1991 Gold medal pastry competition
  • 1997 cook book contributor , Grand Finales / Art of the Plated Dessert
  • 1997 Video Presentor, Step by Step Learnings
  • 1989 ranked in the top 50 best Pastry Chefs in America
  • Consulting contracts for pastry and cooking related endeavors
  • 2001 Bronze medal food Asia plated desserts 2001
  • 2001 Gold medal team culinary challenge 2001
  • That’s Shanghai 2011 / New Western Cuisine 2012