Puerto Rico’s Waldorf Astoria Resorts Appoint Erika Suarez as First Female Executive Chef
Puerto Rico’s Waldorf Astoria resorts, El Conquistador Resort and Las Casitas Village, have appointed Erika Suarez as their first female executive chef. In her role, Suarez will oversee the resorts’ culinary team, catering and banquet services, room service, and numerous dining outlets including the resorts’ signature Chops Steakhouse. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Suarez brings more than 10 years of culinary experience with her, including her position as the first ever female executive chef and corporate chef for Norwegian Cruise Line. Additional experience in the hospitality industry includes roles as executive sous chef at Miami Beach Resort & Spa and banquet chef at the Riverside Hotel in Fort Lauderdale.
Suarez holds an associate degree in culinary arts from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and is also accredited as a Certified Executive Chef by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Inc. With her experience in high-end gastronomy, Chef Suarez is also looking forward to engaging with the Waldorf Astoria brand’s timeless culinary program, Taste of Waldorf Astoria (www.tasteofwaldorfastoria.com