Françoise Nieto-Fong is a graduate of the Cornell Hotel School where she earned her BS and focused on Food & Beverage Operations. She is also a yoga instructor of the Satyananda Tradition affiliated with the Bihar School of Yoga in India. After Cornell she returned to Colombia where she was F&B director for Hotel Hacienda Royal, with Leading Hotels of the World. Here besides running the operations and creating F&B concepts, her most exciting project was training the staff in multicultural service: learning English, trying different foods and beverages to be better able to suggest and guide the customer experience, as well as understanding guests from different countries. Following her entrepreneurial instinct she opened La Cúpula an upscale restaurant innovating the scene with Latin American fusion: creating new dishes rooted in traditional Latin and Central American ingredients and techniques. In Bogota she also opened Calcutta a traditional Indian restaurant serving mainly diplomats, ex-patriots and those craving spicy food. In addition Françoise hosted a daily live TV show on wellness and cooking for City TV Colombia. Parallel to her Food and Beverage interests, Françoise has worked producing and directing documentaries all over Latin America and the Caribbean. Her films relating to cultural traditions, food and music as well as social and environmental issues, spirituality and current affairs have been broadcast in different continents by National Geographic, HBO, Aljazeera, MTV, and TF1. Her language skills have been instrumental in allowing her to travel extensively and delve into local cultures. She is fluent in English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese.