The global pandemic has had a tremendous effect across the restaurant and hospitality industry. The economic and internal hardships that occurred during this time — Mostly fueled by restrictions and guidelines for businesses, forced many to significantly reduce their operation and management. With dining and hospitality restrictions, a sharp decline in customer traffic quickly became the reality.
The entrepreneurial spirit of restaurant sector professionals was put to the test forcing leaders to innovate to stay afloat. As we as a collective move toward the other side post covid, restaurant & hospitality professionals are on course for an amazing year.
That being said, here are seven restaurant industry professionals you should consider following in 2021 that have done an amazing job continuing to grow through tough times and are on track for an amazing year and continued success.
Carmine Di Giovanni
Carmine Di Giovanni is an Executive Chef and Partner at David Burke Hospitality Management in New York and New Jersey. With properties in Charlotte, North Carolina as well, Carmine strives to diversify his skillset, business acumen, and portfolio through expansion. Alongside his partner, David Burke, Carmine currently oversees 14 different properties with plans to expand globally. Working in the best kitchens in New York City with chefs such as Mario Batali, David Burke, Eric Ripert, and Laurant Gras, Carmine learned the value of perseverance, helping forge his career into what it is today. Carmine has been awarded two Michelin Stars for four years consecutively, a 3-star rating from The New York Times, and has been recognized as one of New York City’s top chefs. Carmine also prides himself on total fairness on both the business and employee front, ensuring he is always doing what’s best for the company and employees as well.
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