Fernando Salazar

Fernando Salazar

Fernando Salazar is co-founder and executive vice president of E-Spain, a company that specializes in the creation and organization of international culinary competitions. He created the International Tapas Competition for Culinary Students in 2009, a competition that, in 2017, evolved into the first-ever World Tapas Competition, which takes place every November in Valladolid, Spain. The group also created the International Black Truffle Competition, which takes place in Soria, Spain every two years. Salazar began his hotel career in New York City with Helmsley Hotels and in 1983 joined Westin Hotels and Resorts, where he remained for 13 years. In 1996, Salazar joined Omni Hotels & Resorts where he was Vice President of Food and Beverage. Salazar joined Wyndham Hotels and Resorts in June 2007 as Vice President of Food & Beverage, and Vice President of Operations for Latin America for the brand. In 2015, Salazar accepted to join the prestigious Culinary Institute of America as Managing Director of their San Antonio campus. In March of 2018, Fernando Salazar accepted a two-year appointment as Senior Vice President of Food & Beverage for Interstate Hotels & Resorts. In his role, Salazar was in charge of menu development and new F&B concepts across the entire portfolio of over 600 hotels in 15 countries that included 11 hotels in Russia and over 100 hotels in Europe. In 2010, Salazar received the prestigious Silver Plate Award as Hotel Operator of the Year for his contributions to the industry. (Dallas, TX)