Top Labor & Employees News

Joe Essa Joins Yardbird Group as President and Chief Operating Officer

Following the thoughtful expansion of the award-winning, Miami-based Yardbird brand into markets across the globe since its inception in 2011, Chief Executive Officer John Kunkel welcomed Joe Essa, former president and CEO of Wolfgang Puck Worldwide and The Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, to the Yardbird Group as President and Chief Operating Officer. Effective February 2024, […]

Condado Tacos Names Natalie Harden CFO

The Ohio-based taco and tequila company, Condado Tacos, announced the appointment of Natalie Harden as its new Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Harden joins the fast-growing restaurant company with 20 years of experience in both restaurant and consumer-related corporate finance. “We are pleased to welcome Natalie to the Condado team. As a results-driven leader, she brings […]

The Balfour Hotel Miami Beach Announces Culinary Leadership Appointments

The Balfour Hotel Miami Beach, a charming, historic art deco property with 82 guest rooms and suites, managed by Highgate, has announced the appointment of Antony Awak as Chef de Cuisine and Alberto Montesino as Lead Mixologist. These new hires mark a pivotal time at the hotel as the team elevates the food and beverage […]

San Francisco’s Palace Hotel Appoints David Teig as Executive Chef

San Francisco’s historic Palace Hotel, a member of Marriott International’s Luxury Collection, announced the appointment of David Teig as executive chef. With more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Teig is an accomplished culinary leader with a dedication to sustainable, local cuisine. He will be responsible for all food and beverage operations […]

Denny’s Now Offering Employees College Credit

Denny’s announced a partnership with Oakwood University, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Huntsville, AL, and Bay Path University in Longmeadow, MA, marking a significant advancement in its GAIN Program. This collaboration aims to bridge gaps in access to skills training, explore diverse learning avenues, and unlock non-traditional pathways for career growth.  The initiative integrates […]

Daniel Dalton Named Executive Chef at Emeline and The Ryder Hotel in South Carolina

Makeready, a hospitality company that concepts, manages and operates an independent and diverse collection of hotel, restaurant and retail brands, announced Daniel Dalton as executive chef at Emeline and The Ryder Hotel and their onsite eateries. For Emeline, this includes Frannie & The Fox, The Den and Clerks Coffee Company, and at The Ryder Hotel this includes Little Palm, […]

Bad Daddy’s Announces Two Key Culinary Appointments

Bad Daddy’s has announced the appointments of John Masterson as culinary director and Dave Wallmann as beverage director, elevating its commitment to delivering unparalleled experiences. With a 13-year history at Bad Daddy’s, Masterson has been an instrumental force in shaping the culinary landscape of the restaurant. Masterson’s journey to becoming the driving force behind the restaurant’s food […]

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Names Juan Bochenski Executive Chef of Hotel Effie.

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort announces the appointment of Juan Bochenski as executive chef of Hotel Effie. Bochenski assumes the position immediately, helming the kitchen at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Ovide, and overseeing all aspects of food and beverage operations across the hotel’s four restaurant outlets and in-room dining. In his new role, he supervises the culinary […]

Cooper’s Hawk Supports BIPOC Sommeliers with Scholarships

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, the upscale restaurant and winery chain with nearly 60 locations across the country, for the fourth year in a row, demonstrated its support of BIPOC sommeliers by awarding $1,000 scholarships to 10 recipients across the country, selected by the Somm Foundation. The 2024 scholarship recipients were selected, listed below: The […]

THesis Hotel in Coral Gables Appoints Nicolas Mazier as Executive Chef

THesis Hotel, a lifestyle hotel in Coral Gables known for its chef-driven culinary concepts and experiential activations, has appointed Chef Nicolas Mazier as its new executive chef. Mazier is an accomplished chef with more than two decades of industry experience and a fervent passion for authentic global cuisine. As mentioned in the New York Times’ “36 Hours in […]

Columbus Vegetable Oils Announces Expansion of Marketing Team

Columbus Vegetable Oils, a leading supplier of high-quality oils, shortenings, sauces, and dressings, announced two new hires in its revamped integrated marketing department.   Mary Gura will focus on the company’s strategic marketing efforts as the Marketing Manager, reporting to President Paulette Gagliardo. Gura is tasked with marketing the company’s 10 brands by evolving their presence through […]

John Kolaski Named President of Patina Restaurant Group

Global hospitality and entertainment company Delaware North announced the appointment of John Kolaski as president of Patina Restaurant Group. He is a veteran hospitality leader with more than 30 years of experience building culinary brands and leading restaurant operations. As president of Patina Restaurant Group, Kolaski will be based at Delaware North’s headquarters in Buffalo […]