Mr. Cortesi comes to the Water’s Edge Resort & Spa from Madison Beach Hotel where he served as Executive Chef of its new restaurant and banquet facility. Previously, he held Executive Chef positions with responsibility for overseeing food, beverage and banquet operations at the Saybrook Point Inn and Spa; Four Points by Sheraton, Meriden; the Inn at Mystic’s Flood Tide Restaurant and Wampanoag Country Club.
Among his distinctions, Mr. Cortesi earned high Zagat and Wine Spectator ratings for the 4 Diamond Terra Mar Grill at Saybrook Point Inn; was a featured chef in the Great Chefs of New England Wine Diner Series and led a Culinary Institute of America (C.I A.), Pro Chef Seminar, featuring Mediterranean cuisine. Trained by the C.I.A., Mr. Cortesi and his family live in Middletown, CT.
Mr. Amendola brings more than 20 years of hospitality experience to the Water’s Edge Resort & Spa, most recently as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Tarrytown House Estate in Tarrytown, NY. Previously, he held a variety of positions for leading hotels in the northeast including Director of Sales and Marketing for the Hilton Stamford Hotel and Executive Meeting Center; Senior Director of Global Business Travel for the Americas at the Sol Melia Hotels and Resorts; Director of Sales and Marketing at the Paramount Hotel as well as at the Millennium United Nations Plaza Hotel in New York City. At the start of his career, he spent 11 years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Connecticut and New Jersey.
A graduate of Villanova University in Pennsylvania, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Mr. Amendola and his wife and daughter live in Wilton, CT.
Mr. Mauriello’s food and beverage career also spans more than 20 years. Previously, he was Director of Dining at the Gables Assisted Living of Brookdale in Farmington, CT and Director of Food and Beverage for the Sheraton Hartford Hotel, East Hartford, CT
Trained in culinary schools in Udine and Rapallo Italy, Mr. Mauriello began his career with Princess Cruise Line, serving as assistant maitre’d and head waiter. He then went on to hold a variety of positions at the Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club, Vero Beach, FL; The Windsor Club & Beach Club, Vero Beach, FL; Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT and the Overseas Gourmet Corp, Bronx, NY.
Fluent in Italian, Dutch and Spanish and highly knowledgeable about international wines, Mr. Mauriello and his family live in Manchester, CT.
Commenting on the appointments, Christopher Barstein, General Manager of Water’s Edge Resort & Spa, said: “We are pleased to welcome John Cortesi, Anthony Amendola and Giuseppe Mauriello to our world-class resort. They add a tremendous breadth of experience and expertise to our property.”
About the Water’s Edge Resort & Spa
Located just 200 miles from Boston and New York City, the Water’s Edge Resort & Spa is secluded resort nestled along the beautiful Connecticut shoreline overlooking Long Island Sound in rustic Westbrook. In addition to being a popular beachfront family vacation resort, Water’s Edge Resort & Spa operates as a full-service, year-round hotel, featuring over 15,000 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space and is a highly attractive venue for weddings and other social events. Founded in 1946, Water’s Edge was a hotel called Bill Hahn’s after its founder, Bill Hahn, who was well known for his love of people and his generosity as the largest contributor to the American Cancer Society in Connecticut. In 1983, the property was sold to the current owner who invested in the facility’s significant expansion. The Water’s Edge Resort & Spa offers 170 spacious rooms, luxury spa, award-winning food, indoor/outdoor pool, beach condos, “The Shops at Water’s Edge,” time shares, great service and superb amenities. For more information, visit www.watersedge-