Industry Update
Appointment20 November 2020

Juan Peña

Appointed Chef de Cuisine
At Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Puerto Rico

Juan Peña

Hailing from Puerto Rico, Chef Peña has nearly two decades of culinary experience. He began his career at The Culinary Institute of Puerto Rico, while simultaneously honing his skills at The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan. Inspired by the French chefs he learned from while at The Ritz-Carlton, Chef Peña's next role was in Old San Juan to serve as Executive Chef at the elegant French restaurant, Trois Cent Onze, where he remained for over a decade. From there, Chef Peña served as Chef de Cuisine at Fern Restaurant at the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort where he was professionally trained by Jean Georges Vongerichten himself. Elevating his French culinary expertise even further, Chef Peña also worked under Chef Daniel Boulud at Daniel in New York before his most recent position as the Chef de Cuisine at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase (Maryland, USA), currently operates 74 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe with future openings which include The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong which will open as the highest hotel in the world.
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