Tempe, Ariz. (July 22, 2022) – The Westin Tempe, the largest new hotel to debut in Tempe, Ariz. in nearly four decades, has appointed Chef Mario Ventura as the executive chef of the hotel’s signature restaurant, Terra Tempe Kitchen + Spirits.
Executive Chef Mario Ventura is a seasoned chef showcasing inspiring cuisine that reflects his 18-year realm in culinary arts. His dishes are not only delicious, but innovative and sleek with modern presentations.
As the executive chef of The Westin Tempe in Tempe, Ariz., where he opened the hotel as the executive sous chef, Ventura has built a structured culinary team that upholds the highest standards of food quality. His career has led him to work within some of the most prestigious hotels and resorts, casinos, country clubs and restaurants across metro Phoenix.
Ventura studied culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu Scottsdale, where he trained and honed classical and avant-garde techniques, earning an associate degree for his craft. After completing his time at Le Cordon Bleu, Ventura was exposed to the amazing world of hospitality, where he spent time in luxurious hotel brands such as Four Seasons, Fairmont, Omni and The Luxury Collection with Starwood Hotels across Arizona. Chef Ventura accrued the knowledge of running multiple kitchens with more than 80 staff members, that also generated revenues of $55 million just in food and beverage alone.
In his current role, Ventura led his team to the No. 1 ranking Westin of 130 worldwide for Sales and Banquets Food Quality for the Guest Satisfaction Survey.
For more information about Terra Tempe or to book a reservation, please visit TerraTempe.com.