Joined The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village as Executive Chef
The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village is pleased to announce the appointment of Christiana “Criss” Menassa as Executive Chef. Chef Menassa brings more than 30 years of experience in the culinary world and will be overseeing all of the hotel’s culinary operations, including the property’s two dining venues, Marker92 Waterfront Bar & Bistro and The Nauti Mermaid Dockside Bar & Grill.
Born in a family of Greek, Lebanese and Egyptian decent in Massachusetts, Chef Menassa declared her passion for cooking at an early age, inspired largely by her maternal grandmother as well as legendary female chefs Julia Child, Joyce Chen, Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins. From developing her foundations in cooking in 1984 as a line cook at Rockingham Race Track in New Hampshire, her passion for culinary excellence propelled her to work in kitchens across the United States and globally into Egypt, Turkey and Greece, refining her technique and approach while focusing on local flavors, fresh produce and exotic spices found in each region.
Throughout her career, Chef Menassa has held positions in notable properties around Florida, the Caribbean and South Carolina, including the Sanibel Harbour Marriott, Westin Dawn Hotel in St. Maarten and The Wild Dunes Resort. In her most recent role as executive chef at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, Chef Menassa based her cooking on her Florida and Caribbean influences, while highlighting fresh, local ingredients.