Conrad New York and Union Square Events Round Out Executive Chef Team With Two Appointments
NEW YORK - Conrad New York is pleased to announce the appointments of Edward Rodriguez to Executive Banquet Chef, and Giovanna Alvarez to Executive Sous Chef. Announced in partnership with Union Square Events, the exclusive catering partner to the luxury lower Manhattan hotel, the two Chefs tout almost 25 years of combined fine dining experience.
“We are thrilled to have Chef Edward step into a new position within the hotel and for Chef Giovanna join our team,” said Marlene Poynder, general manager, Conrad New York. “Chef Edward’s successful history of leadership within Union Square Events and Chef Giovanna’s experience in the luxury space will be instrumental in extending the hotel’s excellent dining services to guests.”
In his new position, Chef Edward will further enhance and streamline efforts between Conrad New York and Union Square Events, leading the banquet team to provide excellent and efficient culinary services for all events hosted at the Battery Park City all-suite hotel. Prior to this promotion, Chef Edward served as Executive Sous Chef at Conrad New York.
Prior to joining the team at Conrad New York, Chef Edward served as Sous Chef with B&I, Bloomberg L.P. and Union Square Events where he developed the pasta program through his training with Maialino. Chef Edward initially joined Union Square Hospitality Group in 2013 as an Event Chef in the corporate kitchen. Chef Edward began his career as the Lead Cook at Aramark, March, Meclennen & Callahan.
In her role as Executive Sous Chef, Chef Giovanna will assist the Executive Chef in Atrio Wine Bar & Restaurant, coordinating and supervising every aspect of food production and ensuring a high level of quality and service for guests.
Before joining Conrad New York, Chef Giovanna served as Sous Chef of Asiate Restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City for eight years, where she oversaw daily operations of 30 team members. Prior to making the move to New York, Chef Giovanna lived and worked in Miami Beach, where she held the position of Junior Sous Chef at The Setai Hotel, Line Cook at Johnny V Restaurant and Cook 3 at The Ritz Carlton Miami. Chef Giovanna received an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America and more recently attended the Paul Bocuse Institute and Lyon, France in 2016.
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About Conrad New York
Located in the heart of lower Manhattan's Battery Park City neighborhood, Conrad New York is a contemporary luxury hotel with magnificent views of the Hudson River. This exceptional 463 all-suite hotel is adjacent to Hudson River Park, and in close proximity to many of the city's important and historic landmarks and prominent neighborhoods, including TriBeCa and SoHo. With more than 2,000 works of modern and contemporary art displayed throughout the hotel, Conrad New York offers a new standard of luxury around every corner. Upon entering the 15-story atrium, guests are welcomed by site-specific commissions such as Sol LeWitt’s extraordinary Loopy Doopy and Pat Steir’s Topsy Turvy at the Gallery Ballroom. Spacious guestrooms that average over 430 square feet are outfitted with integrated technology, flat-screen televisions and individual climate control, as well other unparalleled in-room amenities. The hotel is home to ATRIO Wine Bar I Restaurant, serving seasonally-inspired New American cuisine as well as the hotel's seasonal Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar, featuring endless views of the New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty. The hotel, awarded with prestigious LEED Gold for New Construction Certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institution (USGBI), boasts over 30,000 square feet of adaptable meeting space, including the 6,200 square-foot Gallery Ballroom; Union Square Events (USE) is the exclusive caterer.
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About Union Square Events
Union Square Events (USE) is the catering business from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG). Based in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards, USE creates experiences to savor that are rooted in USHG’s 30-year heritage of culinary excellence and Enlightened Hospitality. Through collaborations with a diverse portfolio of best in class clients and business partners, USE produces one-of-a-kind catered events and unparalleled dining experiences within a variety of cultural, corporate and entertainment venues throughout New York and Washington DC.
About Conrad Hotels & Resorts
Spanning more than five continents with nearly 35 properties, Conrad Hotels & Resorts has created a seamless connection between contemporary design, leading innovation and curated art to inspire the entrepreneurial spirit of the globally connected traveler. Guests can manage their stay through the Conrad Concierge service in the Hilton Honors mobile app, getting access to pre check-in and room selection, to ordering in-room dining and mobile checkout all from their own mobile device. Conrad is part of Hilton, a leading global hospitality company. Connect with Conrad by booking at www.conradhotels.com or through the Hilton Honors mobile app. Learn more about the brand by visiting newsroom.hilton.com/conradhotels and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.