Raul Velasquez is a native of Santiago, Chile. He first became interested in the tourism industry in his youth, which led him to graduate with a degree in Hotel Administration at ESANE (School of Business Administration). Later on, he went to study International Culinary Arts at INACAP.
His first job was at Country Club Peñalolén in Santiago, Chile, as Catering Director. He later worked as Warehouse Manager at FISA (International Fair of Santiago).
Afterward, he studied Cost and Control Management at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (DUOC). During this time, he also worked as a Store Manager at Pizza Hut.
Subsequently, he settled down in Miami and started working at 94 Aero Squadron Restaurant. He prepared various events, such as weddings, baby showers, and any other event that the restaurant hosted.
Raul also worked at the Biltmore Hotel as Line Cook. During his time there, he got a promotion to be the Chef de Partie. He later worked at the JW Marriott Hotel as Line Cook. Following this, and was promoted to Lead Cook in Banquets. After his transfer to the Dadeland Marriott Hotel, he worked as Chef Tournant, and he was promoted successively to Sous Chef, which he holds to date.
He obtained several certificates during his time in Miami, such as:
- Certified Food Safety Manager
- Safe Staff DBPR Contracted Food Safety Provider
- National Registry of Food Safety Professional
Raul is a person who has excellent personnel management skills, knows how to multitask very well, and is a very creative team player at work. He manages his team to solve problems daily and is eager to continue learning new things day by day.