Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica (PressExposure) July 10, 2011 -- Byblos Hotel & Resort announced today that their search for a new and innovative executive chef has ended, awarding the position to locally popular culinary expert Chef Marcel Figueroa Iglesias.
Well recognized throughout Costa Rica for his popular TV show "Cooking with Chef Marcel", as well as features in magazines such as "Revista Perfil", "Ballena Tales", "Boletines La Zona" and others, Chef Marcel has become known as the Latin Celebrity Chef with his popular Youtube channel on cooking, as well as a new Facebook Page that shares some of his favorite recipes.
Specializing for more than 15 years in restaurant and culinary consulting, menu elaboration and costing, special event planning, as well as thematic cooking demonstrations, Chef Marcel has launched numerous restaurant Grand Openings to much fanfare and success. "I have always had a love for cooking and the show that goes with it. Even as a boy, my Grandmother could not get me out of the kitchen and finally just let me have my way." says Chef Marcel. "My family was not well off, so I learned to cook over a wood fire behind our house. As my skills improved, I quickly advanced to work in some of the most elaborate executive hotel kitchens in Costa Rica, which was like a dream to me." adds Chef Marcel.
Latin Celebrity Chef, a nickname he laughs off, Chef Marcel received formal training at the International University of Florida, but eventually returned to his beloved Costa Rica where he has also been featured in popular National television shows like Notimundo, TV Sur Canal 14, Viviana in your Kitchen, Expertv, Canal 33 and Canal 2 Perez Zeledon, to name a few. "We have been searching for just the right executive chef to oversee our Poolside Bistro Restaurant and the popular Billfish Bar & Grill at Hotel Byblos Adventure Resort in Manuel Antonio for almost two years.", notes Kimberly Barron, Director of Marketing. "It was important for us to not only find a skilled culinary artist, but a chef with an outgoing personality that would bring that enthusiasm to his food, the staff and most importantly to the guests of our hotel. We feel we have found that in Chef Marcel!", continues Ms. Barron.
Already sharing his culinary skill in the popular beach destination of Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, Chef Marcel has focused on modifying and refining the menus at Byblos to focus on offering only the freshest and most sustainable local products available. All food aficionados are cordially invited to join Chef Marcel at Hotel Byblos Resort http://www.bybloshotelcostarica.com while visiting the fabulous destination of Costa Rica to take their own culinary journey of the senses.