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Chef Davide Pugliese Named as Executive Chef for Scrub Island Resort,
Spa & Marina in the British Virgin Islands

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS (November 20, 2012)
– Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina announced today the appointment of Chef Davide Pugliese as new Executive Chef for the resort.  In his new role, Chef Davide will oversee the two, world-class restaurants on property, and any specialty requests for events that occur in the 17,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor meeting and banquet space.

Originally from Firenze, Italy, Chef Davide, worked in New York before settling in the British Virgin Islands in 1984. He has spent 30 years in the restaurant industry as a chef and restaurant owner, initially learning the trade from one of New York City’s finest chefs, Fabrizio Bottero at 65 Irving Place. Most recently, Chef Davide provided his expertise as a Consultant Executive Chef to the exclusive Amangiri, an Aman Resort in Utah, and was Consultant Executive Chef and Hospitality Manager to Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Virgin Gorda.

Chef Davide’s talents have been recognized globally with invitations to cook in his native country at Cala di Volpe, Sardinia, host a six-course dinner for 80 guests at the James Beard House, NYC, and participate in winemakers’ dinners and celebrity chef events throughout the USA and the Caribbean, including the Food Network’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival in 2009 and 2010, and Meals from the Masters, a Celebrity Chefs’ Brunch to Benefit Meals On Wheels Delaware for the last four years. Chef Davide and his wife, Cele, also enjoy entertaining and hosting events at their home on Scrub Island, Wali Nikiti.

Recently named one of the ‘Top 30 Resorts in the Caribbean’ by Conde Nast magazine, Scrub Island Resort strives to provide the absolute best for their guests, and believes Chef Davide has been instrumental in the evolution of the food culture in the BVI and continues to raise the territory’s gastronomic profile on the international scene.

For more information on Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, the first luxury resort development in the destination in more than 15 years and first member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection in the Caribbean, call toll free U.S. (888) 678-8912 or visit www.ScrubIsland.com.

About Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, BVI
Opened in July 2010, Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina is named after its location, a serene 230-acre private-island haven situated at the east end of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. The first luxury resort development in the destination in more than 15 years and first member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection in the Caribbean, the resort is tucked into a rugged cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and neighboring uninhabited islands. It features 52 guest accommodations as well as a collection of two-, three- and four-bedroom villas, the intimate Ixora Spa, world-class restaurants including the popular Caravela, three private beaches and a 55-slip marina.  For more information, call toll free U.S. (888) 678-8912 or visit www.scrubisland.com .

About Mainsail Lodging and Development Group
Mainsail Lodging and Development is a Tampa-based hospitality company that develops and operates lodging products in the Southeastern US and the Caribbean.  Their properties include Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina (ScrubIsland.com), a private island resort in the British Virgin Islands and member of Autograph Collection® of Marriott International; Mainsail Beach Inn (MainsailBeachInn.com), a boutique beachfront hotel and marina on Anna Maria Island, Florida; Mainsail Suites Hotel and Conference Center (MainsailTampa.com) in Tampa, Florida; and Mainsail South, a 328-unit apartment and corporate housing complex in South Tampa.  The company also operates ExecuStay (ExecuStay.com), a leading corporate housing provider throughout Florida, Georgia and The Carolinas.

Opening November 2013 in Tampa, Florida, the boutique food-focused Epicurean hotel (EpicureanHotel.com) is being developed in collaboration with the legendary Bern’s Steak House and will be the first newly constructed property in the United States to join the Autograph Collection®.

About Autograph Collection
The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Each destination has been selected for its bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information please visit www.autographhotels.com


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Also See: Beth Lukens Joins Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina in the British Virgin Islands as Group Sales Manager / March 2012

The 67-room Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina in the British Virgin Islands to Join Marriott's Autograph Collection / August 2011


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