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Mr. Gonzalez

Eduardo Gonzalez

Executive Chef, Grupo Alta

Chef Eduardo Gonzalez leads culinary operations at Casa Palopó. As Executive Chef, he oversees menu development and food & beverage programming to enhance the overall gastronomic experience at Guatemala's first and only Relais & Chateaux property.

Chef Gonzalez is locally renowned for his role in the television program "Flavors of my Land," in which he and his co-host focused on ingredients native to Guatemala. He is currently the host of "A Menu for All," a daily cooking program that features simple recipes and techniques for the at-home cook.

The son of a farmer, Chef Gonzalez spent his childhood lending a hand at his father's fincas, where he developed a love for the land. He studied agronomy, intrigued by the process of crop production. Today, Chef Gonzalez's 23 years of experience include restaurant openings, internships at Michelin-star restaurants and culinary school instructor, always leading with his passion for locally grown ingredients and traditional recipes.

He brings this approach to Casa Palopó, where newly launched menus feature dishes such as Pepían, a spicy stew that's recognized as the national dish, as well as Trucha Asalmonada, a fresh local trout filet in orange sauce, roasted coriander seed and cilantro sauce served with sauteed spinach and sweet potato puree, among other dishes to satisfy every palate. The new menus also zero in on local herbs and ingredients like vanilla and cacao native to Guatemala.

Chef Gonzalez arrives at Casa Palopó on the heels of a highly anticipated property expansion. Last year, the hotel debuted six brand new rooms and suites inspired by local artisans. The new food and beverage menus and culinary programming will continue to elevate the guest experience at Casa Palopó, while raising curiosity toward Guatemala's emerging food culture.

Please visit http://www.casapalopo.com for more information.

Mr. Gonzalez can be contacted at +502 77622270 or egonzalez@grupoalta.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.