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Hawaii’s Turtle Bay Resort welcomes new Director of Food & Beverage

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Benchmark has appointed Andrew Spinelli director of food and beverage for Turtle Bay Resort, a Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property located on Oahu’s North Shore. Jerry Gibson, Benchmark’s vice president and managing director for the resort, made the announcement.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Andrew to Benchmark and to Turtle Bay Resort,” said Mr. Gibson. “He brings senior management-level experience, as well as hands-on cooking talent gained from age 15 on, to our resort. We look forward to his leadership and success as a vital part of our executive team.”

Andrew Spinelli was previously general manager for BLT Steak Waikiki. He also served as a trainer at the corporate level for the BLT Restaurants organization, supporting operations in Seoul, Tokyo, Las Vegas and locations in Hawaii. Prior to this Mr. Spinelli worked with BeOurGuest Restaurants, including the company’s Ocean Grill, Ruby Foos, Blue Water Grill and Dos Caminos locations.

Mr. Spinelli is a graduate of Fordham University in New York City where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business. He is also a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York, where he earned his Associate’s degree in the Culinary Arts. He subsequently engaged in a fellowship as Maître d′ instructor’s assistant at CIA’s Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici. He resides in Kahuku, Hawaii.