Chef Jeremy Pacheco Leaves Lon's at the Hermosa in Paradise Valley

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Nikki Buchanan
Chef Jeremy Pacheco
After three-and-a-half years, chef Jeremy Pacheco is leaving Lon's at the Hermosa, the luxury boutique resort in Paradise Valley.

Responsible for bringing Lon's into the farm-to-table movement, Pacheco made contacts with local farmers, cultivated the garden on the hotel grounds, and educated his culinary team on the importance of simple, flavorful, well-prepared foods -- a philosophy he brought to life through his menus at Lon's and Last Drop, the hotel's recently updated bar and casual dining counterpart.

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"The success of Lon's and Last Drop is in great part due to Jeremy's talent in the kitchen, eye for detail and his artful presentations," says managing director Michael Gildersleeve. "He will be greatly missed, not only here on property but throughout Arizona, as he was one of the many chefs who continued to put our state on the culinary map."

A ninth-generation Arizonan from a farming family, Pacheco's former gigs have included The Phoenician as well as the Encore and Wynn properties in Las Vegas. He started at Lon's in 2010, following a $2 million remodel, taking the position formerly occupied by chef Michael Rusconi (Rusconi's American Kitchen).

A representative for Lon's tells me the hotel does not have a replacement for Pacheco at this time and that they cannot say where he is going -- yet.

Stay tuned for details.

This post has been updated from its original content.

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Lon's at the Hermosa

5532 N. Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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mrusconi
mrusconi

Lon's has had a garden going back to when Michael DeMaria was the Chef followed by Patrick Poblete.  Dave the Garden Guy told me during a segment on Channel 3 that he and his father built the raised beds at Lon's.    Shortly after I arrived the kitchen was given full responsibility for caring for the 1/2 acre garden.  Every Chef that has worked at Lon's has had a hand in further developing the garden to what it is today. 

The History of the garden has a full story behind it.

Best regards  Michael Rusconi

LauraHahnefeld
LauraHahnefeld

Thanks, Sumosommelier and Katie -- I've updated the post to clarify.

Sumosommelier
Sumosommelier

Yeah...Chef Fernando Divina created that Garden at Lon's. When I was a Convivium Leader of Slow Food Phoenix, we held a couple of dinners there.

katiemcf
katiemcf

While Chef Pacheco did cultivate a garden, the garden was established years ago by Chef Divina. He used produce from a house garden before it was trendy.

Hr Hamada
Hr Hamada

farewell Jeremy I really enjoyed Lon's while you were there

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