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Nando Belmonte, Executive Chef for Loews Royal Pacific Resort and Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando™ in Florida pictured with the students who worked for him on the placements
Loews operate 24 luxury hotels and resorts across the USA and Canada

Our partnership with one of America’s best known resort chains gives Derby students the global experience they need in today’s competitive world of culinary arts.

12 students from Buxton work in Loews resorts across the States each year, earning as they learn how to prepare the best in styles ranging from fast food to fine dining.

Nando Belmonte is Executive Chef for Loews Royal Pacific Resort and Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando™ in Florida. He has won numerous culinary awards and is an active member of the American Culinary Foundation.

He says “coming over to the States is a great idea because it’s one of the biggest markets in the world. When you think globally as a culinarian, it also means that you do not have to become an executive chef. Your career in the food industry can take many avenues and bring with it many adventures and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Rosie Maguire is studying a Foundation Degree in Culinary Arts. She worked at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando.

“It was a really full rotation of the very different outlets in the establishment and such an amazing variety of experiences with food for all different specifications and customers.

There’s a whole different cuisine for the poolside bar than in the signature restaurant, but it was really good to do every single different one and to learn all of the skills required.”