Meet Our Team
Executive Chef, Winston GuerreroWinston Guerrero is the executive chef at Cobalt Restaurant and Heaton’s Reef in Vero Beach. He brings over two decades of diverse culinary experience to the Treasure Coast.
A Barranquilla, Colombia native, Winston and his family came to the U.S. when he was five years old. Growing up in Central Falls, Rhode Island, a community summer program at Johnson & Wales sparked his love for cooking as a teenager. “My aunt hooked me up with a summer program to get kids off the street,” candidly shares Winston. It was the start to a lifetime love affair with food and cooking. However, duty called at 18, when he joined the Marine Corps. After four years of service, Winston used his G.I. Bill to come back to his real love and pursue a career in cooking, where it all started: Johnson & Wales.
Winston honed his skills in several high-profile kitchens in the northeast including the luxurious Grand Hyatt Hotel, the Elysium at Relais & Chateaux Morrison House, and David Burke’s acclaimed David Burke & Donnatella Restaurant. After additional culinary stints in Tennessee and Atlanta among others, Winston returned home to Rhode Island to realize a lifelong dream: to open his own restaurant, Mosaic. Passionate about charity and wanting to give back to the community that awakened his love for cooking, Winston became heavily involved with The African Alliance of Rhode Island, a local community program dedicated to improving the lives of low-income neighborhoods, focusing on African communities. Through the African Alliance, Winston taught classes on how to use locally grown African and Latino ingredients to cook healthy meals.
Trading in snow days for beach days, Winston moved to Vero Beach in late 2018 where he took the executive chef position at Cobalt Restaurant. In sunny Vero Beach, he oversees the beachfront restaurant as well as the popular poolside bar, Heaton’s Reef.
DIRECTOR OF FOOD & BEVERAGE, MARCO FANELLIMarco Fanelli is the Director of Food & Beverage at the Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa. He has 15 years of hospitality experience, ranging from fine dining to independent restaurants.
Born and raised in Long Island, New York, Marco’s love for restaurants started at an early age in his family’s restaurant, where, over the years, he worked his way up the ranks. While in school for Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida, he kick started his hotel career with an internship at the J.W. Marriott, Orlando Grande Lakes. Upon graduation, he cut his teeth with stints in New Orleans, Dallas & Denver at prestigious hotel brands such as The Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons Hotels. With robust experience in banquets, fine dining and hotel operations under his belt, he moved to Vero Beach in November of 2018, where joined Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and he oversees the daily food & beverage operations at the beautiful beachfront resort.