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New Executive Pastry Chef Joins Gaylord’s Culinary Team

Mohan De Silva has been named the new executive pastry chef at the Gaylord National Resort here in the heart of the harbor. De Silva, who has more than 30 years of pastry experience, leads a team of 20 pastry chefs to produce premium desserts for the resort’s restaurants and meeting and convention business.

“I am honored to join Gaylord National Resort and look forward to working with its talented culinary team to produce one-of-a-kind pastries for its leisure guests and large events and convention business,” said De Silva.

De Silva previously held positions as the executive pastry chef of the New York Marriott Marquis, Philadelphia Marriott and Wardman Park Marriott in Washington, D.C. He founded Simplicity Desserts in Voorhees, NJ and was the pastry chef at the Sofitel Philadelphia.

With a passion in sugar and chocolate art, De Silva has won numerous awards through different culinary pastry competitions including 11 medals in the International Culinary Olympics since 1992. He also was recognized as one of the best pastry chefs in America by the James Beard Foundation.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have this gifted, award-winning chef on our team and leading our pastry kitchen,” said Vipin Khullar, food and beverage director. “He brings many years of experience and expertise with him and will continue to make Gaylord National’s culinary offerings unlike any other resort.”

Written by: Rachel Dinbokowitz

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