February 20-24, 2019 Miami Beach
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Thais Rodriguez

Native New Yorker, Thais, began her culinary career at her mom’s restaurant in New Jersey. After realizing that the kitchen was her
home, she went on to study Pastry Arts at the French Culinary Institute (now called the International Culinary Center) in NYC.

Thais land a job at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Miami as a Pastry cook where she trained under renowned Pastry Chef Hedy Goldsmith and James Beard Award Winning Michael Schwartz. She was chosen to be part of the opening team for Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Grand... READ MORE

Native New Yorker, Thais, began her culinary career at her mom’s restaurant in New Jersey. After realizing that the kitchen was her
home, she went on to study Pastry Arts at the French Culinary Institute (now called the International Culinary Center) in NYC.

Thais land a job at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Miami as a Pastry cook where she trained under renowned Pastry Chef Hedy Goldsmith and James Beard Award Winning Michael Schwartz. She was chosen to be part of the opening team for Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Grand Cayman as Pastry Chef.

After traveling through Europe, Thais moved on to the Grand Cayman Marriott as executive Pastry Chef and worked her way up to Chef de Cuisine leading the hotel’s culinary team. Thais was actively involved in the concept design and creation of the first ‘Great Room’ in a resort property within the Caribbean and Latin American region; creating the now well-known Anchor & Den restaurant. This led to Thais receiving the Rising Culinary Star Certificate in 2015.

Thais moved to Cusco, Peru where she was the Executive Chef & B at the JW Marriott El Convento Cusco. She placed the hotel restaurant on the map by changing both outlet menus, room service menu, and the bar cocktail menu with the focus on local produce. As a result of these changes, they were chosen as Peru’s 4th best restaurant in the country by Trip Advisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards in 2016.

Thais is now the Culinary Manager for Pure Grey, a NYC-based F&B design company owned by Marriott International. Globetrotting her way to working with other chefs within Marriott’s luxury segment brands and boutique independents, Thais plays a role in everything culinary from concept, menu and recipe development to training the BOH staff.

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