Israel Calderon is a Certified Executive Chef and Certified Culinary Administrator, whose specialty is Global Fusion Cuisine. He posses over 20 years of experience working at renowned Hotels like: Chicago Hilton and Towers, Caribe Hilton Hotel (Puerto Rico), Sheraton Old San Juan (Puerto Rico), Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach 5 Diamond Hotel (Cancun), Mundo Imperial (Acapulco), Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre (Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies); he is currently the executive chef at El San Juan Resort & Casino.
Chef Calderon has studied at the Instituto de Educacion Universal, Culinary Institute of America in New York, and the Culinary Business Academy in New Mexico. He is an active member of the American Culinary Federation and the United States Personal Chef Association. In addition Israel has won many Gold medals throughout his career in international and local competitions. He keeps up to date in the latest culinary tendencies by doing continued education and attending culinary conferences.
Chef Israel Calderon has had great Mentors that have guided him throughout his career. Certified Executive Chef Mario Ferro directed Calderon during his beginnings at Caribe Hilton Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Chef Henri Charvet, the President of Euro-Toques France, was his Corporate Chef at Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach in Cancun, Mexico; and Master Chef Wieland Ludwig at Chicago Hilton and Towers. Working alongside these Master Culinarians have influenced Chef Calderon´s unique style and magnificent skills.
But what is most important to Chef Calderon is his passion and love for cooking, and seeing the extraordinary in the simplest ingredients. He takes great pride in the presentation of his dishes, and in using top quality products. Chef Calderon’s style can be described as innovative, chic and classic.
Buckingham Steak House - Chicago Hilton & Towers - Chicago, IL
Caribbean Deli - Hotel Caribe Hilton - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Le Basilic - Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun - Cancun, Mexico
Coral Cafe & Bistro - Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun - Cancun, Mexico
Isla Contoy Restaurant - Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun - Cancun, Mexico
Rumba Restaurant New Latin Cuisine - Chicago, IL
Palio Italian Restaurant - Sheraton Old San Juan -San Juan, Puerto Rico
Chicago Burger & Co. - Sheraton Old San Juan - San Juan, Puerto Rico
A'Roma - Mundo Imperial - Acapulco, Mexico
San Juan Water & Beach Club Hotel - Isla Verde, Puerto Rico
Alquimia Bistro Club (Gilberto Santa Rosa's Restaurant) - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Latitudes Restaurant - Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre - Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies