Mel Mecinas of the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale on Kevin Binkley and the Best Gift You Can Give a Chef
This is part two of our interview with the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North Executive Chef Mel Mecinas. As the resort's head chef, he oversees a number of dining outlets, including the hotel's Southwestern steakhouse Talavera. On Monday, Mecinas talked about his culinary mentor chef Joachim Splichal, and today we're back for more of tales of his culinary adventures. The chef has also introduced a line of his own salsas, which he hopes to have on the shelves at AJ's Fine Foods stores by next month.
Courtesy of Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North Chef Mel Mecinas in the kitchen at Talavera.
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Cooking under one of Southern California's most famous celebrity chefs isn't the only notable experience on Mecinas' mind. There also are the times he cooked for one of the world's most loved chefs, Julia Child. While working at the Four Seasons Resort-The Biltmore Santa Barbara, Mecinas cooked for the chef, author, and television personality on multiple occasions and even created the second course for her 90th birthday celebration.
He also spent two weeks cross-training in Chicago for the hotel, during which time he worked with the late Charlie Trotter. And then there were the weeks he spent in Switzerland rubbing shoulders with some of Europe's top chefs during a weeklong summer culinary fest.
But despite his international travels and star-studded experiences, Mecinas remains humble, grounded and grateful.
"What I do everyday is a blessing," he says. "When you see a plate of food, my passion has to reflect in that too."