Where in the world is Pedro Masoliver?

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Chef Pedro Masoliver is the new executive chef at the Wyndham Grand Veneto Hotel & Casino.

Chef Pedro Masoliver is the new executive chef at the Wyndham Grand Veneto Hotel & Casino.

Panama City diners have been asking for some time… Where is chef Pedro Masoliver? The celebrated Spanish chef known just as much for his culinary creations as for his capacity as a host had been missing from the restaurant scene in Panama City for some time. Where could the portly chef be? The Visitor found him undertaking a larger role, at the Veneto Hotel & Casino.

“Everything is bigger at a hotel,” says Pedro, “and you have more time to school the younger chefs than when you are running your own restaurant.” At the hotel, which Pedro calls an epicenter for entertainment, the chef is responsible for as many as 3,000 plates of food that are set down daily in front of guests.

The changes are already apparent, beginning with the addition of some 20 Mediterranean style dishes to the menu at the New York Steakhouse located on the ground floor of the hotel. Soon, Pedro’s unique style will be seen throughout the menus available at V Bar in the casino, the Sushi Lounge in the lobby, poolside and at the Vivaldi Italian restaurant.

He reports being excited about the Sunday Brunch at Vivaldi, priced around $20, notably less expensive than at other hotel brunches in the city.

Fried ceviche meatballs are one of the chef’s new creations available soon at the New York Steakhouse restaurant.

Fried ceviche meatballs are one of the chef’s new creations available soon at the New York Steakhouse restaurant.

Events and charity

The Veneto hosts many of the events that take place in Panama City. In addition, the hotel also hosts events for charity, such as an upcoming party to celebrate the “Quince Años” of a marginalized team.

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