Long Island native Michael Mandato joins team at REIN.
The Garden City Hotel
named Michael Mandato the new executive chef at its popular restaurant, REIN.
Mandato, a native of the South Shore of Long Island,
brings nearly 30 years of world-class culinary industry experience and has led culinary teams at locations around the globe, most recently
serving as executive chef of the Taj Boston hotel.
an experienced team of industry pros at the hotel, including new restaurant director Georgio Paraponiaris whose
experience includes the New York Palace Hotel, among others, and restaurant and lounge manager Victor Herrera whose work includes New York City locales such as The Mark, The St Regis and Jean-Georges at the Trump International Hotel & Towers.
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Mandato began his
culinary career working with top chefs at French restaurants in New
York City. He then went on to work as Chef de Cuisine with Consulting
Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten at New York’s Brandywine restaurant, a
new concept that blended classic Alsatian cuisine with an American
Mandato also served as executive chef at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis
and provided his expertise to the hotel company’s teams in Kapalua,
Maui; Grand Cayman and Ft. Lauderdale. A
member of the Chaine des Rotisseurs, he worked for seven years with
Fairmont Hotels and Resorts in Canada, where he was executive chef at
the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Alberta. While there he had the
distinction of serving the Queen of England and the Duke of Edinburgh.
other Toronto experience includes working as Sous Chef with Le Royal
Meridien King Edward Hotel and at a series of restaurants and
jazz clubs, where he developed cuisine for a range of concepts
that included Eastern Mediterranean and fine dining Portuguese. While
in Canada, he made appearances on Food Network Canada, Breakfast
Television and CTV in Calgary and Edmonton.
are excited to bring someone with Michael’s outstanding background to
serve our guests in REIN,” J. Grady Colin, general manager of the Garden City Hotel, said. “While he brings a global perspective to the
position, he is very familiar with this area and will be leading a
Mandato’s part, coming home to Long Island was an added benefit to
working at a location with an already exceptional reputation.
is a real thrill for me to be back home on Long Island and serving our
guests here at this fantastic restaurant and hotel,” Mandato said. “I’ve
had the privilege of working at some great locations both around the
country and the world but there is no place like New York. I’m looking
forward to working within the community and making sure people know that
when they come to REIN and The Garden City Hotel, they are going to
enjoy an outstanding and memorable culinary experience.”
REIN is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch
and dinner, with brunch offered on
Sundays. For reservations call 516-663-7346. For information or to book a room at The Garden City Hotel, visit www.GardenCityHotel.com
or call 516-747-3000.Story submitted by the Garden City HotelMORE TOP STORIES
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