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Taj Boston Names Brian Macaluso DoSM, Jesse D. Souza As Executive Chef & Robert D. Alger As Pastry Chef

Karambir Kang, General Manager of Taj Boston, the landmark hotel overlooking the Public Garden at Arlington and Newbury streets, has made three new appointments to the luxury hotel’s management team.

Friday, February 21, 2014
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Brian D. Macaluso, Taj Boston Director of Sales & Marketing: Brian brings more than 20 years of hospitality industry sales and marketing expertise to his role overseeing all sales and marketing initiatives for the 273-room landmark hotel. Previously he was Task Force Director, Sales & Marketing, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, where he led sales efforts for a variety of Starwood hotels in Chicago, Atlanta, Texas, Colorado and Birmingham. His prior experience includes various sales leadership roles for Starwood at The Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers, The Sheraton Stamford and The Westin Stamford. Brian began his career in hotel sales with Hyatt and Wyndham hotels, after graduating from University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration. Contact him via email at brian.macaluso@tajhotels.com.

Jesse D. Souza, Taj Boston Executive Chef: A passion for regional American cooking informs Chef Souza’s guidance of all culinary operations at Taj Boston. Among his many responsibilities, he oversees The Café, with its popular daily breakfast, lunch and dinner options, including New England favorites and authentic Indian specialty dishes; The Bar, that offers small plates nightly to accompany its extensive list of cocktails and wines and Champagnes by the glass; The Lounge, which features traditional afternoon tea on weekends and holiday teas from Thanksgiving weekend through December 31; seasonal Sunday Champagne Brunch on The Roof; 24-hour in-room dining, and all banquet and catering for the hotel’s many corporate meetings and social gatherings. Previously Chef Souza spent seven years as Executive Chef with Noble House Hotels & Resorts, including Riviera Resort & Spa, Palm Springs, Calif.; Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club, Redondo Beach, Calif; La Playa Beach & Golf Resort, Naples, FL, and Grove Isle Hotel & Spa, Coconut Grove, FL. He also served as Executive Chef for Natasha’s in Portland, Maine, and with Havana in Bar Harbor, Maine; as Executive Chef and Chef de Cuisine for two Chispa restaurants in Florida, and as Executive Sous Chef for Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Florida Keys, and The Claremont Resort & Spa, Berkeley, Calif. Contact Chef Souza via email at jesse.souza@tajhotels.com.

Robert D. Alger, Taj Boston Pastry Chef: Chef Alger brings more than two decades of experience creating high quality American and European desserts, wedding cakes, pastries and chocolate and sugar showpieces to his new role as Pastry Chef. At Taj Boston, Chef Alger is charged with designing inventive confections for The Café, The Bar, Afternoon Tea, seasonal Sunday Champagne Brunch, 24-hour in-room dining and corporate meetings and private social events, including gala weddings. Most recently Executive Pastry Chef with The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa, Chef Alger also held that title at The Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC; The Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, VT; The Loews Hotel, Atlanta; Four Seasons Hotels in Atlanta, Chicago and Houston, and The Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore. Mid-way through his career, he spent a decade operating The Café Company & Café in Marietta, GA., a successful bakery and café, where he prepared all food and pastries from scratch on a daily basis. He is a culinary graduate of Johnson and Wales University, Providence, Rhode Island. Contact Chef Alger via email at robert.alger@tajhotels.com.

About Taj Boston
Taj Boston occupies the city’s most celebrated location at Arlington and Newbury streets. Overlooking the Public Garden, the property is within walking distance of historic sites, theatre and financial districts as well as fashionable boutiques and galleries, and is just four miles from Boston's Logan International Airport. Opened in 1927, the luxury hotel features 273 guestrooms, including 44 suites, many of which offer wood-burning fireplaces. As a preferred social and business center, Taj Boston is noted for its a la carte dining in The Cafe, weekend afternoon tea in The Lounge, cocktails in The Bar, and seasonal Champagne Sunday Brunch on The Roof, as well as state-of-the-art business and guest services. Acquired by Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces in January 2007, Taj Boston joins The Pierre in New York and Taj Campton Place in San Francisco as the U.S. members of Taj Hotels’ luxury division.

About Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces

Established in 1901, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia’s largest and finest group of hotels, comprising 104 hotels in 64 locations across India with an additional 17 international hotels in the Maldives, Malaysia, Australia, UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East. From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Grand Palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivaled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury. For over a century, Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai, the iconic flagship has set a benchmark for fine living with exquisite refinement, inventiveness and warmth. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is part of the Tata Group, India's premier business house.
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