Interstate Hotels & Resorts – a leading U.S.-based global hotel management company – has appointed Fernando Salazar to the newly-created position of senior vice president of food and beverage.
“As Interstate Hotels & Resorts continues to evolve as the leader in hotel management, we’re expanding our team to be best in class and add value for our hotel owners,” said Mike Deitemeyer, president & CEO of Interstate Hotels & Resorts. “Fernando has challenged the norm for food and beverage, bringing new ideas and excitement to create truly differentiated experiences. As our guests’ expectations for locally inspired and authentic food and drink evolve, we look to Fernando to inspire our teams to deliver unique experiences.”
Salazar was most recently managing director of the Culinary Institute of America (San Antonio campus), and was named as the official ambassador of the CIA based on his creativity and leadership. Previously, he held top food and beverage positions at Westin Hotels & Resorts, Omni Hotels & Resorts and Helmsley Hotels in Manhattan.
Salazar created the International Tapas competition that evolved into the World Tapas Competition held every year in Spain, as well as the International Black Truffles competition.
Salazar was honored with the Silver Plate Award as Hotel Operator of the Year and the Culinary Institute of America Gold Medal of Honor. He is the first non-Spaniard to be inducted into the Royal Academy of Spanish Gastronomy, and he has been named the Universal Culinary Ambassador of Spain.