• Ricardo Bravo Appointed Executive Chef of The Woodlands Resort

    POSTED July 22, 2022
    Photo credit: Courtesy of The Woodlands Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton

The Woodlands Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton has appointed Ricardo Bravo to the role of executive chef. In this capacity, he will oversee the culinary direction for two of the 402-room property’s three restaurants—The Woodlands Dining Room and Cool Water Café—as well as catering for 75,000 square feet of indoor meeting and event space and outdoor function areas.

Prior to joining The Woodlands Resort, Bravo served as an area executive chef and area director of food and beverage for North Palm Beach, Florida-based Driftwood Hospitality Management, supporting seven full-service hotels under different brands and across multiple states. Before that, he worked in an executive chef capacity at the beachside Hilton Galveston Island Resort in Galveston and at The Stella Hotel, an Autograph Collection boutique property in Bryan-College Station.

Bravo began his hospitality career in Corpus Christi with Marriott and Omni Hotels & Resorts and later went on to hold the executive chef, and later, director of food and beverage titles at the Magnolia Hotel Houston in the city center. He is a past assistant director of the Texas Chefs Association Houston chapter.

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