Casino Del Sol Resort Announces New Executive Chef


Casino Del Sol Resort Announces New Executive Chef

Chef Norman Nichols to lead all culinary operations for Pascua Yaqui tribal gaming enterprises


TUCSON, Ariz. (Feb. 4, 2015) –Casino Del Sol Resort, Tucson’s premier entertainment destination, has appointed Norman Nichols as the resort’s new executive chef. In this role Chef Nichols will helm the kitchens and lead the culinary teams overseeing the operations at the resort’s nine restaurants including the Forbes Four Star and Wine Spectator award-winning PY Steakhouse, Ume, Tequila Factory, Festa International Buffet, Abuelita’s Taqueria, Moby’s, Streetscape Deli, Wildcats Grille and Sunflower Café (at Casino of the Sun, the resort’s sister property).


With more than 40 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Chef Nichols’ impressive resume includes serving as executive chef of multiple tribal gaming properties including the Paragon Casino Resort in Louisiana and Seneca Niagara Casino Hotel in New York. He also led the kitchens at Harrah’s Entertainment properties in Missouri and Louisiana. Prior to entering the gaming industry, Chef Nichols held a number of chef positions with some of the country’s most esteemed hospitality groups including Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts, Marriott Hotels, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Omni Hotels and Resorts, as well as Carnival Cruise Lines.


“Chef Nichols brings a wealth of culinary experience and an undeniable passion for food that will further enhance our culinary programs,” said Casino Del Sol Resort’s Vice President of Food and Beverage, David Alvarez. “We are excited to see his unique and creative style in action at our restaurants throughout the resort.”


Chef Nichols’ culinary talents have taken him all over the world. In Hong Kong, he trained 300 chefs to cook American regional cuisine at the Omni Hong Kong Hotel, and he worked at the five-star hotel Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne, Switzerland. A graduate of the Pratt Institute in New York, Chef Nichols has also completed certification programs through Cornell University, Le Cordon Bleu Paris Cooking School and the Culinary Institute of America. He is also a proud member of the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the world’s oldest culinary society.


For more information about Casino Del Sol Resort’s restaurants, or to make a reservation, visit or call 1-855-SOL-STAY (765-7829).


About Casino Del Sol Resort, Spa and Conference Center:

Located in southwest metropolitan Tucson, Ariz., the Pascua Yaqui Tribe is a federally recognized tribe with more than 17,000 enrolled members. The Tribe owns and operates several enterprises including Casino Del Sol Resort, Arizona’s only Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond casino resort; Casino of the Sun; AVA Amphitheater, a 5,000-seat open-air concert venue recently named Casino Arena/Amphitheater of the Year by Casino Entertainment Awards; Sewailo Golf Club, a par-72 championship course designed by Notah Begay III; and the Del Sol Marketplace. For more information call 1-855-SOL-STAY (765-7829) or visit Follow Casino Del Sol Resort on Facebook and Twitter.


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Malory Knutson
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