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The Westin Resort & Spa, Los Cabos Welcomes
Andy Venkatesan as Executive Chef

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Los Cabos, Mexico (Aug. 23, 2010)
– The Westin Resort & Spa, Los Cabos has named Andy Venkatesan executive chef in charge of food and beverage. As executive chef, he will manage aspects of the resort’s food and beverage operations, including food production, menu planning and new recipe development, as well as oversee a kitchen and front of house staff of 70 professionals.  In addition to events and room service, he is responsible for directing the resort’s award-winning restaurant operations, including its AAA Four Diamond fine dining restaurant, Arrecifes. 
 
In an effort to always offer something new and exciting, Venkatesan’s first triumph was to create an Indian food fest featuring cuisine from Fahim Khan, chef at the famed Mexico City restaurant Dawat, for the first time in Los Cabos.
 
“Andy has jumped into the frying pan, creating innovative dishes and food and beverage events that thrill our guests,” said Pablo Flores, general manager of the Westin Resort & Spa, Los Cabos.  “We had a great time with the Festival Gastronomico de la India, and are excited about what flavors and festivities Andy will bring to the table next to please our guests’ discerning palates.”
 
For more than 20 years, Venkatesan has worked across Mexico and around the world, including at luxury resorts in Australia, Cuba, India and Uruguay, as well as on ships based out of Miami with Carnival Cruise Lines.  He comes to the Westin Resort & Spa, Los Cabos from the Nikko Hotel in Dalian, China, where he served as food and beverage director.  Venkatesan has also previously been a part of the Starwood Hotels family, working as executive chef at the El Careyes Beach Resort and the El Tamarindo Beach & Golf Resort, both located in Jalisco.
 
An Indian national and citizen of Australia, Venkatesan graduated from the hotel management program at the Institute of Hotel Management in Madras, India.
 
About Westin Resort & Spa, Los Cabos
In a magical setting overlooking the Sea of Cortez, The Westin Resort and Spa Los Cabos is an empowering escape from the ordinary. Its iconic architecture and inspiring ambiance beckons guests into an oasis that nourishes the soul and expands the mind.  Seemingly intuitive service indulges the senses, while an abundance of amenities and activities energize and refresh.  The resort empowers its guests to immerse themselves in endless possibilities with 243 well-appointed guest rooms offering a distinct alternative to Mexican luxury and style, three unique restaurants and several diverse bars and lounges, as well as seven inviting swimming pools. In addition to being a member of the prestigious Starwood Spa Collection, The Spa offers guests extraordinary treatments that renew both the mind and body.  The WestinWORKOUT gym, tennis courts, a nine-hole seaside putting green challenge and the renowned Westin Kids Club provides guests of all ages an extensive variety of fun and invigorating activities.  Nearly 11,000 square feet of indoor function halls and a seemingly endless array of outdoor event space make this resort ideal for meetings and special events of all styles and sizes. For more information or to make reservations, call The Westin Resort & Spa, Los Cabos at 011-52-624-142-9000 or go to www.westinloscabos.com for the best rate guarantee, pictures and virtual tours.
 
About Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 940 properties in approximately 97 countries and 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft®, and Element SM.  Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.
 
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