At Casino Del Sol, we’re extremely proud of the culinary artisans who create the magic in our many -restaurant kitchens. Each chef is a renowned and accomplished master of his or her craft. Together, they make the award-winning dining experience at The Sol of Tucson a world-class event for each of our guests.

  • Chef Ryan Clark - Casino Del Sol
    Executive Chef

    Tucson native and Casino Del Sol Executive Chef, Ryan Clark has a wealth of experience in the food and beverage industry. He graduated top of his class at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, and was named one of the Top Sixteen Junior Chefs in the U.S. by the American Culinary Foundation. Clark has been nominated for Tucson Weekly’s Best Chef and holds the rare distinction of being named Iron Chef Tucson for three consecutive years. Chef Clark has also been nominated by Food and Wine Magazine as one of the Best New Chefs in the Southwest. He’s a Certified Executive Chef and member of the American Culinary Federation. Chef Clark is the author of Modern Southwest Cooking, a cookbook that showcases his passion for regional cooking and local ingredients.

  • Chef David Salazar - Executive Sous Chef
    David Salazar
    Chef de Cuisine

    A Pascua Yaqui Tribal member, Chef Salazar has 15 years of experience in the kitchen. He worked his way up from a dishwasher to running his own kitchen as Chef de Cuisine and is now an Executive Sous Chef. He credits his development to the Food and Beverage Tribal Development Program at Casino Del Sol. Chef Salazar is also a proud member of the American Culinary Federation.

    Chef Salazar says, “I have worked under many great chefs that have groomed me for my current position. My vision is to not be afraid to make a mistake; the mistake is not attempting.”

  • Chef Roderick Le Desma - Executive Sous Chef
    Chef Roderick
    Chef de Cuisine

    Chef Le Desma started working in restaurants at age 16. However, his love for cooking developed early on when his mother taught him to cook at a young age. Growing up on old cooking shows and cookbooks, he found himself constantly in the kitchen. He attended the University of Arizona, thinking going to college was what he was “supposed to do”, but never felt like it was right for him. He left to attend the Art institute of Tucson, during which time he started working at Primo at the JW Marriott Starr Pass. Quickly moving up the ranks, he was asked by James Beard award-winning Chef Melissa Kelly, to join the team at Primo in Rockland, Maine. After his experience there, he returned to Tucson, taking over as Chef de Cuisine back at the Primo, JW Marriott. After three years at the helm of the kitchen there, he joined the team at Casino Del Sol as Chef de Cuisine of PY Steakhouse and was recently promoted to Executive Sous Chef. Chef Roderick now assists in overseeing all 16 Food and Beverage outlets casino wide.

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  • Chef Robert Caldas - Bellissimo
    Robert Caldas - Casino Del Sol Chef de Cuisine of Bellissimo
    Chef de Cuisine

    Chef Robert Caldas has been working in kitchens since the age of 18. His Passion from cooking came from his grandfather who worked as a Chef in downtown Miami. Chef Robert attended the Art institute of Tucson where he started working at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain to learn the heart of hospitality. Soon After graduating with an Associates in Culinary Arts, he moved to Las Vegas Nevada to work on the strip. Working at 5 star resorts such as the Wynn and Bellagio. After 8 years of working on the strip he decided to move back to Tucson to be with his family and join the team at Casino Del Sol as Chef de Cuisine of Bellissimo.

  • Chef Michael McTeer - Ume
    Chef Michael McTeer - Ume
    Chef de Cuisine

    Chef Michael McTeer was born in Missouri but has lived in Tucson since the age of 5 where he began to learn how to cook from his mother and uncle which owned 3 popular Asian restaurants. He has experience in many different cuisines, but his passion is in Asian cuisine and flavors. He has over 13 years experience leading the kitchens of P.F. Chang's and fast casual favorite Pei Wei Asian Kitchen. Chef Michael says, “I credit my success to my family, on inspiring and showing me what I was meant to do with my life; enjoy it.”

  • Chef Chris Wilson - Festa Buffet
    Chris Wilson Chef at Casino Del Sol
    Chef de Cuisine

    Chef de Cuisine Chris Wilson has lived in Tucson for 39 years. He has 30 years of experience in cooking and has worked at many of the resorts in the Tucson area, as well as the Scottsdale Princess Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.

    Chef Wilson is a graduate of the Scottsdale Culinary Institute and is a member of the Chaine de Rotisseurs. Chef Wilson opened the Tequila Factory in 2003 and ran the Bellisimo Restaurant until 2007. He has been the Chef de Cuisine at Festa International Buffet in Casino Del Sol since 2003.

    Chef Wilson credits his mother’s adventurous style in cooking for sparking his interest in the Culinary Arts. He says, “Being a Chef allows me to express my creativity, and I love to see the look on people’s faces when they enjoy the food I have made for them.”

  • Chef Iris Hernandez - Streetscape Deli
    Chef de Cuisine

    Chef Hernandez has more than 17 years of experience in the culinary industry. She started working at the Tequila Factory at Casino Del Sol in 2009. As Streetscape Deli Chef de Cuisine, she specializes in creating great sandwiches, salads, and much more. Chef Hernandez is currently a member of the American Culinary Federation.