- September 16, 2021
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PEBBLE BEACH — The Monterey County Hospitality Association is holding its annual Dinner Celebration and Awards on Friday at the Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach at 6 p.m. Tickets are available for $195.
During the event, members of the MCHA will honor the winner of the “Hospitality Professional of the Year” Award. This year’s recipient is Tony Salameh, owner of Anton and Michel Restaurant in Carmel.
Salameh was born in 1951 in Manila, Philippines. He graduated from the Hotel School of Lausanne, Switzerland and began his 48-year career in the restaurant and hospitality industry at the Atlas Hotels, Town and Country Hotel in San Diego.
Salameh then served as the resident manager of Quail Lodge in Carmel. In 1975 he went to work overseas and in 1977 he returned to Quail Lodge as the food and beverage director.
Salameh has been the owner of Anton and Michel Restaurant in Carmel since 1980. In 1994 he opened his second restaurant, The Grill on Ocean Avenue which he sold in 2018. In 1996, he opened his third and fourth restaurants, PortaBella and Merlot Bistro which he sold in 2015.
Salameh has given his expertise and passion of service back to the industry through current membership in the Monterey County Hospitality Association, Monterey Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Carmel Chamber of Commerce, California Restaurant Association, National Restaurant Association, Les Toques Blanches and was a past member of Chaine des Rotisseurs.
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