MAHMOOD ABOU SALEM
MANAGING DIRECTOR OF FOOD & BEVERAGE, MIAMI | NEW YORK
Mahmood brings over 20 years of food and beverage experience having worked at some of the best restaurants and hotels in the world in New York City and Miami. His passion is hospitality. His focus is always bringing the guest experience to the next level. Before joining Plan Do See, Mahmood was the Director of Food and Beverage at the iconic Delano hotel in Miami Beach where he orchestrated the day to day operations of the food and beverage department overseeing eight venues. In New York City he worked with Chef David Burke, one of the pioneers of modern American cuisine. Opening David Burke & Donatella which became one of the hottest restaurants in NYC catering to celebrities and socialites.
Mahmood lives in North Miami, FL with his wife and three kids. He loves spending time with his family and entertaining at home. He enjoys keeping up with the latest trends in the hospitality industry.
AZABU MIAMI BEACH GENERAL MANAGER
Cansu has worked in hospitality industry over 15 years.
Started her career with rooms division and moved to food
and beverage over the years. During 6 years of her career
in one of the hotels she worked in, she moved her way up
from bar supervisor, bar manager, restaurant general
manager and restaurant & bar general manager positions.
CHEF DE CUISINE AZABU MIAMI BEACH
All Chris’s career has been spent in the kitchen. At 16 years old in partnership with a Culinary School, Christopher started his first steps in the kitchen in gastronomic restaurant in the South of France "The Séquoia " by Chef Yann Rio, with whom he spent 3 years of learning the French culinary base. After that, his motivation was to learn the Mediterranean cuisine at "La Banane", a beautiful restaurant on the beach where they serve only fresh fish every day from local fishermen. Then, Christopher joined his family catering business for five years to develop his business skills.
Chris decided to move to Miami to discover a new culture, new lifestyle in this country full of opportunities where he decided to focus on his new challenge; the Japanese cuisine. Most recently, he was a Sous Chef at Zuma Miami, one of the best contemporary Japanese cuisine in the world, where he found the same spirit than French cuisine, which is respect of produce and best quality. Christopher lives by the beach where he often surfs in open water, kayaking up and down the coast.
GENERAL MANAGER LOLO’S SURF CANTINA
Jose has 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry; he has worked for 10 years at the Intercontinental Hotel Miami Downton where he did his MIT program and he had the opportunity to start his managing career. He moved to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Miami where he was overseeing the Beverage program. He also worked at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel managing one of the busiest bars in South Florida - The Bleau Bar. At Eden Roc Hotel as the Beverage Manager, and most recently at The Renaissance Hotel overseeing their Food and Beverage operation. In his free time he likes to enjoy time with his family and his two little girls. He enjoys watching movies, barbecuing at home with family and friends. His most favorite place in the world is Disney World.
HEAD SUSHI CHEF AZABU MIAMI BEACH
After his college graduation, he joined a volunteer program in Africa and spent two years in Mozambique. His first steps into the culinary field were self taught. Yasu made sushi in efforts to spread Japanese culture and cuisine to the people. After his return from his volunteer program, Yasu has decided to make his experience and what he self taught himself in Africa his profession. He joined the Tokyo sushi academy and graduated with honors at the top of his class a year later.
Yasu has worked in Michelin restaurants such as Sushi Iwa in Ginza Tokyo for 3 years. He then moved to New York and worked at Sushi Azabu for 3 years, serving sushi to New Yorkers. Now in charge of Azabu Miami Beach in hopes to bring traditional Edomae sushi to Miami. Yasu Tanaka was born in Yamanashi Prefecture Japan in a family of 5, being the second son.