Montelucia Resort & Spa Welcomes Michael Cairns as Executive Chef

Scottsdale, Ariz. (February 8, 2011) – Montelucia Resort & Spa, a top-rated luxury Scottsdale hotel, is proud to announce Michael Cairns as new executive chef.
An established, prominent chef in the Scottsdale culinary scene, Chef Cairns will bring his expertise and enthusiasm to create new epicurean endeavors to Montelucia Resort & Spa, overseeing all aspects of dining including the property’s signature restaurant, Prado as well as ROQ Poolside Bistro, room service, catering and special events. In his new role, Chef Cairns plans to add a renewed focus on tapas, featuring grilled meats and steaks. At Prado, Chef Cairns will concentrate on simplicity and incorporate family-style options to the menu.

“We are fortunate to a have a dependable and knowledgeable culinarian like Chef Cairns join our group,” said Matthew Hart, vice president and managing director for Montelucia. “His impressive background and creative approach to food will help us elevate the Montelucia brand to high regard for its dining experience.”
Cairns has excelled in the hospitality industry for more than 22 years. Prior to joining the Montelucia team, Cairns served as executive chef at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Ariz. where he managed eleven restaurants and an extensive staff of cooks, sous chefs and stewards. His culinary credits also include his position as corporate executive chef at Chateau Elan Hotels & Resorts, and executive chef of the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Florida, among others.
Cairns also received numerous accolades throughout his career, including being honored at the prestigious James Beard House in New York in 2004. In 2003, he was recognized for his culinary skills with the “Best Chef” Critic’s Choice Award at the Vail Food & Wine Festival. Additionally, he has been chosen to represent Phoenix at many convention and visitor’s bureau events with Gourmet and Bon Appetit magazines across the United States.

About Montelucia Resort & Spa
Montelucia Resort & Spa is a top-rated luxury Scottsdale hotel, inspired by the rich history, white-washed villages and sun-drenched hills of Spain’s Andalusia region. The resort is reminiscent of a charming European town square with arching entryways, splashing fountains and floral walkways. Drift away to a far-off, enchanting destination where luxuriously appointed guestrooms, the award-winning Moroccan inspired Joya Spa, six tempting dining options including the critically-acclaimed restaurant, Prado. Nestled at the foot of picturesque Camelback Mountain in the exclusive enclave of Paradise Valley, adjacent to the cities of Phoenix and Scottsdale, this extraordinary resort’s premier location offers easy access to golf, recreation, nightlife and entertainment.  Montelucia Resort & Spa also includes the adjacent luxury Montelucia Villas, a single-family home community.  These villas include expansive 4,200 square-foot residences that enjoy views of Camelback Mountain and have access to the services and amenities of the resort.

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