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Culinary triumphs and empowered leadership: Novotel Manila Araneta City’s journey of excellence

Culinary triumphs and empowered leadership: Novotel Manila Araneta City�s journey of excellence
Novotel Manila cluster general manager Maria Manlulu-Garcia (left) and the award-winning culinary team led by executive chef Massimiliano Pauletto (center).
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MANILA, Philippines — In the vibrant heart of Araneta City, the home of Firsts, Novotel Manila stands tall as a beacon of culinary innovation and empowered leadership. Led by the esteemed executive chef, Massimiliano Pauletto, the hotel’s culinary team has once again showcased their exceptional talent and passion at the prestigious Philippine Culinary Cup 2023.

With unwavering dedication, the Novotel Manila Araneta City culinary team emerged triumphant, bringing home a remarkable collection of 17 medals.

Their culinary prowess shone brightly, earning them three gold medals in the dream team challenge, two silvers for the creative breakfast challenge, and 12 bronzes across various categories, including young chefs, Filipino cuisine, pasta, sous vide, US lamb, US poultry and US pork challenges.

Their culinary mastery was on full display at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, where they conquered the winning spots.

Beyond the competition, Novotel Manila invites you to savor its award-winning cuisines at its exceptional dining destinations. Indulge in a culinary journey at Food Exchange Manila, Gourmet Bar by Novotel, The 6th Manila, and treat yourself to delightful creations at Indulge Gelato.

Additionally, its banquet and catering services promise to elevate any occasion with its culinary artistry.

Celebrating another milestone, Novotel Manila takes immense pride in its cluster general manager, Maria Manlulu-Garcia. Her remarkable achievements were recently recognized at the Asia’s Best Employer Brand Award held in Singapore, where she received the Excellence in Advancing The Status of Women award.

This prestigious accolade acknowledges her outstanding contributions to the travel industry, highlighting her exceptional leadership, innovation and dedication to driving positive change.

By receiving this award, Garcia aims to inspire and empower more women to pursue their goals and succeed in diverse positions within the travel sector.

Garcia’s accomplishments continue to shine as she secured a spot as a Top 3 finalist in the major category of Most Inspiring Woman in Travel (Asia) at the inaugural Travel Daily Media – Inspiring Women in Travel (Asia) Awards 2023.

This esteemed recognition was presented at a gala ceremony in Thailand, organized by Travel Daily Media, a travel trade news agency. The awards aim to inspire both women and men in the travel industry by showcasing the incredible stories of successful women in travel, from accomplished executives who have climbed the corporate ladder to extraordinary individuals at the grassroots level.

Novotel Manila Araneta City’s culinary triumphs and empowered leadership have set a new standard of excellence in the hospitality space. With its team’s artistic flair and exceptional skills, they continue to captivate guests and leave a lasting impression, ensuring that every experience at Novotel Manila is truly extraordinary.

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