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The Pasadena Convention Center Names New Executive Chef


The Pasadena Convention Center Names New Executive Chef

Arnold Preciado has been named executive chef for Centerplate at the Pasadena Convention Center. Centerplate is the exclusive foodservice provider for the convention center. In his new position, Preciado will develop new dishes and menus and oversee a kitchen that serves up to 3,000 meals a day.
Preciado started his career in 2005 with Centerplate at the Pasadena Convention Center as a line cook, head baker and prep cook. He was promoted to chef de partie in 2007 and sous chef in 2010. American-fusion best describes his style of cuisine.
“We are very pleased to have someone of Arnold’s caliber as our executive chef,” said Doug Finney, general manager for Centerplate at the Pasadena Convention Center. “Arnold is a master at exploring foods and flavors from other cultures and incorporating them into exciting new dishes.”
He is a 2006 graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Pasadena. The college is one of only 15 such prestigious institutions in the country. Today, he mentors and guides students at the school who are preparing to embark on their culinary careers.
Preciado is a member the California Restaurant Association.
The Gold LEED® certified Pasadena Convention Center features a 55,000-square-foot exhibit hall, 25,000-square-foot ballroom and 29 meeting rooms. Full-service catering, electrical and A/V production services, high-speed telecommunications, and on-site parking complete the package. For more information, call (626) 793-2122 or visit www.PasadenaCenter.com.

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