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Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

  • 99 Union Street, Seattle, Washington, 98101, U.S.A.
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Emmanuel Calderon

Executive Chef
"I have always been driven by a pure love of food – and to this day, it is where my happiness as a chef comes from."

 

Four Seasons Tenure

  • Originally 2009; now since 2011
  • First Four Seasons Assignment: Cook III, Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas

Employment History

  • Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara; Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North; Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City; Holland America Cruise Line; Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas; Le Blanc Spa Resort, Cancun, Mexico; The Royal Cancun and Playa Del Carmen Resort, Cancun, Mexico; Hotel Gran Caribe Real, Cancun, Mexico; Hotel Costa Real, Cancun, Mexico

Birthplace

  • Yucatan, Mexico

Languages Spoken

  • English, Spanish, French

As a teenager growing up in the Mexican peninsula of Yucatan, Emmanuel Calderon discovered his passion for food out of necessity. “I was hungry all the time, which hasn’t really changed at all!” His passion for flavours, textures and aromas developed as he waited patiently in the kitchen as his grandmother and mom prepared family meals.

Earning his stripes, Emmanuel began his career as a kitchen apprentice, which was not as glamorous as it sounds. “My main responsibility was to wash glasses,” muses Calderon. “So I made the most of my extra time in the kitchen by learning from the chef about cooking.” Little did he know that this was the beginning of an international career that would eventually land him at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle as Executive Chef.

Emmanuel’s career continued upward, as he worked in various luxury hotels throughout Mexico, tasked with increasing levels of responsibility and professional growth, including hotel openings and culinary competitions such as the Joven Chef Mexicano, where he was recognised as one of the top 10 best young chefs from Mexico.

His experience on cruise ships was instrumental in his career growth, learning along the way to Italy, Greece, Istanbul and throughout the Mediterranean Sea, where he led a multicultural team from Indonesia, the Philippines and India. Those experiences helped further develop his understanding of not only different cooking styles, but also how different cultures come together to eat and the social importance of dining.

Prior to making his way to Seattle, Emmanuel worked at Four Seasons properties in Santa Barbara, Dallas, Mexico City and Scottsdale, in addition to “task force” roles at the Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Baltimore and Costa Rica hotels. “Everywhere I have been influenced who I am as a person and as a chef – I feel incredible lucky, and I love to share these experiences with our guests, through the flavours and presentation of my food.”