St. Augustine, Florida
May 7-11, 2025

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Edgar Maldonado

Executive Chef,

Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa

In spring 2022 the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa named Chef Edgar Maldonado as its Executive Chef.

Chef Maldonado oversees the culinary operation for all of the resort’s dining venues as well as banquets. He has more than 28 years of food and beverage experience, including 17 with Marriott International. During his noted hospitality culinary career, he has worked with large convention hotels, luxury brand properties and returns to the Sawgrass Marriott where he previously served as senior sous chef.

He has developed his culinary style under some of the top chefs in the nation, including James Beard award winner Melissa Kelly.

Chef Maldonado enjoys using his culinary creativity to blend Latin American influences inspired by his time growing up in Venezuela with classical stateside offerings to create his own unique flavor profiles, textures and eye-appealing presentations.

The resort offers over seven award-winning dining destinations ranging from beachfront eats to upscale. The resort’s signature restaurant, Vernon’s First Coast Kitchen & Bar, features a farm-to-table menu and has received the OpenTable Diner’s Choice Award as well as the Florida Historic Coast People’s Choice Award. Soon to come is the new addition of 1912 Ocean Bar & Rooftop (opening spring 2023).