Todd Sicolo, C.E.C., Named Executive Chef for the UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center

Los Angeles, California, February 2016 … Todd Sicolo, C.E.C.,  has been named executive chef for the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center currently under construction in the heart of UCLA’s main campus.  The university-based conference center, which will offer 254 spacious guest rooms and 25,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space, is scheduled to open in August of this year.  Les Utley, general manager, made the announcement.

“It is with great pleasure that I welcome Executive Chef Todd Sicolo to the Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center,” said Mr. Utley.  “A highly accomplished culinary professional, he has mastered executive chef positions with several landmark hotels and resorts, and has worked with signature chefs of our time.  Chef Sicolo is a wonderful addition to our executive and our culinary teams.”

As executive chef of the new Luskin Conference Center, Chef Sicolo will oversee the property’s entire culinary program, including the 162-seat restaurant & lounge, PLATEIA, serving Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with California-fresh,  local ingredients and superb California wines.

Todd Sicolo comes to his new position with more than 15 years of experience as executive chef for important hotels and resorts in multiple markets.  Most recently he served as executive chef for The Shelborne Grand, a resort and spa in South Beach, Miami, Florida, where he worked directly with Celebrity Chef Morimoto.  Previous to this appointment, Mr. Sicolo was executive chef for the Grove Park Inn and Spa of Asheville, North Carolina.

Chef Sicolo has served as executive chef for such landmark properties as the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, the Boca Raton Resort and Spa of Boca Raton, Florida, and the Bellagio Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Earlier in his career he was executive chef for Little Dix Bay of the British Virgin Islands.

According to Todd Sicolo, “Ever since I was a child helping my family by growing our own food, I learned the importance of using the highest quality ingredients available.”  Chef Sicolo continued with, “I also learned to keep dishes simple and let the seasons guide me with the freshest ingredients throughout the year.  This has always been a key to my success in the kitchen.”

Todd Sicolo is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, located in Hyde Park, New York.  He is a member of the American Culinary Federation, and a Board Member of the Scottsdale Culinary Institute.  Chef Sicolo has relocated to Los Angeles.

About the UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center

The UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center, currently under construction in the heart of UCLA’s vibrant campus, offers an inspirational learning environment in a thoughtfully designed space that fosters excellence, engagement, inspiration and breakthroughs. Scheduled to open in August 2016, the UCLA Luskin Conference Center is set amid iconic and historic campus buildings and the exhilarating backdrop of daily student life. The Luskin Conference Center is a place where the best academic minds, medical innovators, researchers, political leaders, and societal visionaries will meet to exchange ideas that will help shape the world.

Upon opening, the UCLA Luskin Conference Center will feature 254 beautifully-appointed guest rooms, many with sweeping views of the stunning campus architecture and beautifully landscaped grounds. With more than 25,000 square feet of versatile and thoughtfully-planned event space, the Luskin Conference Center will offer some of the most technologically advanced facilities available within the United States and globally.  The gracious guest experience at the Luskin Conference Center will be further enhanced by a full-service restaurant and lounge, room service for breakfast, lunch and dinner, on-site professional catering services, well-equipped fitness center, concierge service, business center, valet parking and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property.  The conference center project is self-sustaining and does not utilize state funding or revenues from student tuition.  For more information, please visit http://luskinconferencecenter.ucla.edu/.

 

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