I’d like to introduce you to my very good friend and Food Lover, Pablo Maes G. Pablo is the son of a legend in Hotel Business Pablo Maes Sr. Pablo was actually born and raised in hotels. He pretty much lived in hotels until his late teens. Then he moved to Miami, attended FIU and earned a B.S. in Hospitality Management and a Minor in Culinary Arts. He worked at the InterContinental Hotel in Miami for 15 years where he formed his career and was lately in charge of all hotel Social Events.
At the beginning of this year, Pablo moved to New York City where he embarked on his new adventure with Great Performances (www.greatperformances.com), a top 5 catering and event’s service company with more than 100 venues in New York, such as The Plaza, Jazz at Lincoln Center, El Museo del Barrio, Grand Central Terminal and Sotheby’s, just to name a few. He is now in charge of all catered events at Sotheby’s New York. Sotheby’s is the world’s fourth oldest auction house.
During my last trip to New York I sat down with Pablo for an interview…
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born in a hotel 37 years ago in Caracas, Venezuela.
Do you have your own website?
http://twitter.com/PabloMaes, just follow me.
What inspires you?
My mom, Food Network & Art.
How does your art blend into your day-to-day?
Creating special events for Sotheby’s – most cases, events that spotlight the universal language of art and celebrate the creative energy that is now part of my international food stage.
What’s next for you?
Potato Head Sundae with Vanilla Ice Cream, Peanut Butter, Whipped Cream, Caramel and Chips (I haven’t tried it yet)
Where do you live? Tell us something you enjoy about your city
New York. One of the best things about living in the Big Apple is that you get to try really interesting food! New York has it all… great people, delicious food, and awesome places to visit. Did I mention lots of Art? Look around and you’ll see people from all different countries with rich cultural backgrounds. I love to experience New York’s diversity through food. There are many places you can travel to in just one bite!
Favorite food and restaurant
Well, I go local. The best places to eat and see things are usually really new or really old, so it helps to consult a great website, or even a twitter feed like @Newyorkology or @notfortourists to see what local people are talking about this week. My fave so far? ABC Kitchen (Google it!)
What do you enjoy the most?
NYC loves its food fads- in the past six months I’ve seen cupcakes, Korean fried chicken and frozen yogurt, among other things, rotate into prominence, with dozens of those stores and restaurants cropping up in quick succession. Lately, it seems the focus is more on the ingredients themselves- notably, all things organic, local, and sustainable, and unexpected flavor combinations. I love trying new foods and I really admire the artistry and experimentation, so this city suits me quite well.