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The Culinary Team

Chef Kennardo Holder, Executive Chef 

Chef Kennardo Holder began his career in 2000 at The Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall Golf & Spa in Jamaica as Chef De Partie for four years. A veteran of Ritz-Carlton hotels, Chef Holder worked for three years at The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel as a Sous Chef, two years at The Abaco Club, a Ritz-Carlton managed club in The Bahamas as Chef De Cuisine, and two years at The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel as Executive Sous Chef. Holder is a member of the American Culinary Federation, the Bahrain Red Crescent and the Chef Congress of America. He received Middle East Magazine’s “True Human Asset” award in 2005. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Phoenix and a diploma in Food and Beverage Management from the American Hotel Lodging & Educational Institute. With his many years of experience and his unparalleled talent, he is sure to bring only the finest cuisine and beautifully executed culinary masterpieces to The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester.

Jacqueline Veliz, Pastry Sous Chef

Pastry Sous Chef, Jacqueline Veliz executes her creative and artistic talents by constructing beautiful wedding cakes, exciting seasonal cupcake flavors and designs, and gorgeous, unique specialty cakes for any occasion. Jacqueline graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Specialized Technology from the Le Cordon Bleu Program in Pastry Arts at Pennsylvania Culinary Institute. She began her culinary journey in 2003 as a baker at The Lighthouse Inn in West Dennis, MA and then expanded her repertoire at The Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, VA as a Pastry Chef until 2008. She now shares her incredible talent and creativity at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester where she creates delicious and lasting memories for our guests.