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Bhibison Debnath new Indian Sous Chef at Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur
Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur has introduced Bhibison Debnath as its new Indian Sous Chef. Moving to Kuala Lumpur after 10 years in Bangalore and Dubai, he arrives with the launch of Essence, the signature restaurant in the hotel. He hopes to introduce more authentic and unique Indian delicacies at Essence by using innovative techniques in modern ways of cooking and plating Indian cuisine.
Hailing from Bangalore, India, Chef Bhibison Debnath passion for cooking developed at a very young age and decided that he wanted to be a successful chef when he grew up. He then signed up for cooking and baking classes to further expand his culinary skills and knowledge. With encouragement, he continued to pursue his dreams by taking up an apprenticeship program as part of the opening team at Baluchi Indian Restaurant in The Grand Ashok Hotel.
Equipped with openness to new challenges and exploration of new ideas, Chef Bhibison continued to passionately impress his guests with his innovative dishes at The Park Hotel and Taj Krishna Hyderabad Hotel. One of his greatest achievements back then was the second prize he won in a competition with 230 other contestants with his creation of Seafood and Wine Jelly.
In 2009, Chef Bhibison started his journey with Starwood at Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel and Towers as Assistant Indian Chef at its award-winning restaurant called Ashiana. He got an opportunity to appear on Khalige a TV cooking show to demonstrate a dish alongside with the host. He also landed a page in Kitchen Classics Magazine with the recipe of his signature dish called Nalli Ka Korma.
Westin Hilton Head appoints two new Sales Managers
The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa recently hired two new Sales Managers who will be representing The Westin to meeting planners in two critical regions of the U.S.
Mike Drinkwalter will be handling all group clients in the northeast and Canada, while Tina O'Keefe-Holly will be managing the Midwest. According to Gail Wargo, Director of Sales and Marketing, "Both Mike and Tina are long-established sales professionals and the resort will now be marketed directly to key meeting planners in their own backyards. Fresh off a $30 million renovation, the resort has re-emerged as a luxury east-coast oceanfront destination with unparalleled beachfront event space, and we now have continual face-to-face representation in key regional locations".
The expanded air access to Savannah-Hilton Head Airport to over 4000 daily seats and the recent addition of JetBlue with new direct access to New York and Boston attributed to the resort's representation needs in the new non-stop locations.
Mike Drinkwalter started his career in the hotel industry in 1995 working his way through Niagara University's school of International Tourism, Hotel and Restaurant Administration as a night auditor and front desk clerk. Since then, Mike has successfully sold through two multi-million dollar hotel renovations in Orlando, Florida. He eventually moved back home to the Northeast to represent a group of luxury hotels as a National Sales Manager.
Tina O'Keefe-Holly joined ITT Sheraton/Starwood in 1987 as a Front Desk Manager at the former Sheraton Plaza Hotel Chicago. Since then, she has held various management positions in Room Operations, Revenue Management and Sales at the Sheraton O'Hare, Westin Michigan Avenue and the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers/Westin River North complex. In her most recent role, Tina served as a Sales Manager for the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort & Casino responsible for the Midwest/West Coast Markets. Tina earned a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Management from Eastern Illinois University and Master Studies in Guidance & Counseling at Texas State University - San Marcos.
HVS announces four promotions in Asia-Pac Region
Stephen Rushmore Jr, President and CEO of hospitality consulting firm HVS, has announced four significant promotions in the Asia Pacific region.
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