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Meet the Team

Paul Gindra – Food & Beverage Director/Executive Chef 

Country: Durban, South Africa

I am South African and grew up in Durban. I left Durban and headed for the United Kingdom at the age of 17 to pursue my dream of becoming a chef. I started working as a chef at the 5-star De Vere Grand Harbor Hotel, Southampton, where I also completed my apprenticeship. I have been working in the culinary industry for the past 17 years. I have worked in many great establishments through the years and am currently the Director of Food & Beverage/Executive Chef at the Royal Golf Club Bahrain. The past seven years prior to my starting at the Royal Golf Club I mainly did new openings for the Carlson group. Of the many establishments in which I have had the privilege of working, three are UK- based luxury hotels, and the rest include 5-star hotels such as the Saxon Hotel, Hilton Hotels, Radisson Blu Hotels and the Southern Sun Intercontinental, as well as some of the top restaurants around South Africa.I have always enjoyed participating in culinary competitions; I represented South Africa as the Logistics Manager for Team South Africa, where the national culinary team won gold, silver and bronze medals at the Culinary Olympics in Germany in 2008. I was also the national winner of the MLA Black Box Culinary Challenge in 2008, the regional finalist at the Unilever Chef of the Year 2002 and 2004 competitions, and a regional finalist of the Jeune Commis Rotisseurs (Chaine des Rotisseurs) competition. The main highlight in my culinary journey was being part of the South African team who won gold, silver and bronze medals at the Culinary Olympics in Germany 2008

Interests: Cricket, Golf, Rugby
 

Candice Hall – Food & Beverage Manager

Country: Langebaan, South Africa

Not knowing what I wanted to be when I grew up I started waitressing for pocket money at 15 years old on my weekends back from boarding school. Thanks to my chatty and bubbly personality I instantly felt at home working in hospitality. It was not long after high school, 3 months to be exact where I was offered my first management position. I consider myself to be very lucky to have gained so much experience from such a young age and I am very thankful for where I am now.  I have called Bahrain home for almost 9 years and have enjoyed every minute of my time here. The population is so diverse and there is so much to learn about so many different cultures that surround us each day. I still have many dreams that need fulfilling however I am so happy with everything I have achieved thus far. RGC has been a big stepping stone for me and I am embracing the opportunities I have been given here. The members and guests at RGC are lovely and I enjoy getting to know each and every one of them.

Interests: Golf, badminton, going to the theatre & good company
 

Lleomar Enriquez – Assistant Outlets Manager 

Country: Philippines

It’s been 23 years since I started my first job in Food & Beverage. While completing college it made me realize my passion for the industry. It has given me the opportunity to work overseas with different nationalities which has helped broaden my understanding  about different cultures and traditions, above all working in F&B has allowed me to fulfill my dreams to travel the world.
My role in The Royal Golf Club gives me the privilege to do what I love the most which is being creative, innovative and most of all making guests happy by exceeding their expectation upon each visit. It also gives me the opportunity to practice teaching by training people and as I continue to learn everyday it is important for me to pass that knowledge to my team.

Interest: Swimming,  Dogs & Volunteer work for the homeless  children

 

Diana Vinluan – Senior Supervisor 

Country: Lingayen Pangasinan, Philippines

I’ve been here in Bahrain for almost 13 years, I love working in the hospitality industry because it’s fun, time goes by fast and I love talking to people from different cultures, but what I love most about my job are the people we are the guests and members. Everyone is friendly! Some members treat us like their family and of course the view of the golf course is beautiful. I’m so thankful that RGC and the F&B department appreciates our hard work.  My biggest dream is to travel around the world with my loved one.

Interest: watching movies, reading about healthy tips and shopping
 

Marciela Manansala – Supervisor 

Country: Macabebe Pamganga, Philippines

Since I was a kid, I knew that I wanted to be in the hospitality industry so I studied Hotel & Restaurant Management/Services after school in the Philippines. It was a hard start at first, as I had to leave my country at young age for the sake of my career but since I started working abroad, everything has gone as planned and I am able to achieve my goals. I believe RGC is where I belong for now, and I am so grateful and blessed to have been given this great opportunity.  

Interests: Singing, badminton and I also love to travel
 

Evangeline Pulanco – Supervisor 

Country: Atok Benquet, Philippines

It's been 10 years since I started working abroad. At the start it was a bit tough to be away from my family for the sake of my career. Joining the F&B team at the Royal Golf Club has been an unparalleled experience and being promoted to supervisor was worth waiting for. I believe it’s a good opportunity for me to learn more everyday and to get closer to achieving my goals as well. I really love chatting with the members/guest and making sure they have an unforgettable experience at the Club. I have met so many different people while working at RGC and have found getting to know different cultures very interesting.

Interests: I love to cook, taking pictures, watching movies & I love to care for dogs
 

Hazeem Putra – Supervisor 

Country – Colombo, Sri Lanka

I started my career in hospitality at the 5* Ramada Hotel in Sri Lanka. Through my many years working abroad I have gained lots of experience and learnt so much about Food & Beverage. I believe it is my experience and passion that present me as hospitality professional and I am so grateful for every opportunity that has so far presented itself. I have been working in Bahrain for 14 years now and I really love this country and my job as I get to meet different people from different nationalities each day.

Interest: Playing cricket & watching movies 
 

Kelly Stapleton – F&B Sales & Events Manager 

Country: Waterford, Ireland

Born and raised in Bahrain, originally from the South East of Ireland. I discovered my love for event planning at a young age after seeing an event being brought to life which encouraged me to study events management and Public Relations in Galway, Ireland. I enjoy working at the Royal Golf Club because I get to work alongside a great F&B team, where I get to organize events from weddings to conferences, along with meeting a wide variety of nationalities and cultures.

Interests: Swimming, horse riding, golf and socializing