The Woodlands Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton, an upscale and all-encompassing Texas escape just north of Houston, has appointed Ricardo Bravo to the role of executive chef. In this capacity, the accoladed food and beverage veteran will oversee the culinary direction for two of the 402-room, AAA Four Diamond property’s three restaurants – casual The Woodlands Dining Room and alfresco Cool Water Café serving the Forest Oasis Lazy River & Waterpark – as well as catering for 75,000 square feet of indoor meeting and event space, plus an array of outdoor function areas that take advantage of picturesque surroundings framed by two championship golf courses.
Prior to joining The Woodlands Resort, Bravo served as an area executive chef and area director of food and beverage for North Palm Beach, FL-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, TX and at The Stella Hotel, an Autograph Collection boutique property in Bryan-College Station, TX.
Bravo began his hospitality career in Corpus Christi, TX with Marriott and Omni Hotels & Resorts and later went on to hold the executive chef, and later, director of food and beverage title at the Magnolia Hotel Houston in the city center. He is active in the community and is a past Assistant Director of the Texas Chefs Association Houston chapter.