We proudly recognize Romina Pexioto, the talented head pastry chef of the Martinique Hotel in Manhattan, as our "Person of the Month." Located in the center of Midtown Manhattan, the Martinique Hotel is a renowned historic landmark that was erected in 1897. The 19-story Beaux Arts building features a splendid French Renaissance architecture that exudes timeless elegance. As a member of the esteemed Historic Hotels of America and the National Historic Registry, the Martinique Hotel has cemented its status as a prestigious destination in New York City.
Romina, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I have a husband who is a chef, as well as two wonderful daughters. I moved to the USA when I was 20 years old and have been passionate about my career ever since. I started as a pastry chef and for the past five years I have been dedicated to mastering chocolates, something I have a great love for.
How did you start your career?
I attended culinary school in Argentina and my school had a program to continue my studies in the USA, so I decided to take the opportunity. I thought I would stay here for two years and never left. The food industry in the USA was far more advanced than in Argentina, so I was able to work in some of the best restaurants.
What is your relationship with Italy?
My family is half Spanish and half Italian, so Italian food was always present in my home. We ate a lot of Panettone, Gelato, Tiramisu, Tartufo and Cannoli.
As an accomplished pastry chef, what is your favorite Italian dessert?
Gelato is my favorite dessert, but Tiramisù runs a close second.
How challenging is it for a woman to work in your industry?
Being a woman chef is still very difficult; although it has become a bit easier in recent years, it is still very much a man's world.
What advice would you give to a woman who wants to work in this industry?
Women need to have a strong personality to succeed in this industry. It is a tough environment, but I enjoy it. To succeed, you need to be persistent, creative, patient and organized. It is also important to be humble and willing to learn, as there is always something new to learn.