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Henry Mateo and Fraliza Gianniodis Henry Mateo and Fraliza Gianniodis

Marriott: Culinary and Mixology Faceoff

Marriott International recognised Chef Henry Mateo of Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and Fraliza Gianniodis of The Ritz-Carlton, Boston as 2019’s Masters of the Craft for the Americas.

The pair emerged victorious after the final round of the second annual competition designed to discover and showcase top culinary and beverage talent across Marriott International properties in North, South and Central America.

Over the past six months, 3,024 bar and restaurant associates of all levels from 378 properties across 30 hotel brands competed to prove their prowess through quick-fire cooking and bartending challenges.

During the timed, rapid-fire competition, each contestant was tasked with incorporating a mystery ingredient into a signature dish or cocktail, which was then judged on the basis of technique, creativity and taste.

Designed to foster creativity and recognize talent, Masters of the Craft has grown substantially since it launched the finals round at Marriott headquarters last year, where approximately 2,200 associates participated.