Meet the chefs
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Meet our Rockin' Culinary All-Stars

Meet the chefs who are leading Seminole Hard Rock Tampa's creative culinary team. Each highly trained in their craft, these talented individuals aim to transcend the norm.

Albert Tash

Executive Chef, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

Albert Tash is the Executive Chef at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. With 20 years of experience as an Executive Chef, Tash’s employment prior to joining Seminole Hard Rock Tampa included Ameristar, Great Canadian Gaming and Boyd Gaming. Tash specializes in venue design and operation, menu engineering and design, as well as team communication.

 A Canadian, Tash has been the recipient of many prestigious awards over the years including a President’s Award, Chef of the Year Award and a Gold Medal at the World Culinary Arts Festival.

Tash holds a Bachelor of Arts Honors Degree and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University Alberta along with Culinary Honors from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Eric Beaulieu

Executive Sous Chef, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

Eric Beaulieu is the Executive Sous Chef at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa. Beaulieu joins the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa team after spending six years at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek where he worked at such dining venues as 1st Street Deli, NYY Steak and Sorrisi. Upon his departure from the property, he was the Garde Manger Chef.

A graduate of the Academy of Culinary Arts, Beaulieu began his career at the Pier House Resort in Key West and became the sous chef for the four-diamond restaurant, One Duval. He would go on to join Hyatt Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale, where he oversaw high-end banquets, large corporate events and restaurant development.

Following his Hyatt Pier 66 stint, the New England native moved to a Hyatt sister property in Fort Lauderdale – the Bahia Mar Beach Resort – where he was sous chef and later executive chef.

Frank Anderson

Creative Culinary Director, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

Born in Caribou, a small town in Northern Maine, Frank Anderson grew up on a potato farm, which he attributes to his strong work ethic. A graduate of Southern Maine Technical College and the Italian Institute for Advanced Culinary & Pastry Arts, Anderson has accumulated more than 20 years of culinary experience. 

Anderson anchored his culinary career, spending more than 10 years cooking alongside James Beard Award-winning chefs, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo. Their partnership started at a catering company, Carmelized Production, where the three worked out of an unassuming commissary in Los Angeles. With three years’ worth of savings, Shook and Dotolo fulfilled a life-long dream to build out the commissary space, and in 2008 re-opened the location as Animal restaurant, with Anderson as Chef de Cuisine. Anderson lead the kitchen until Shook and Dotolo decided to open their second restaurant, Son of a Gun.

Anderson opened Son of a Gun, managing the kitchen for three years as Chef de Cuisine. Under his direction, the restaurant achieved numerous awards and recognitions including Top Ten Best Restaurants (2011 – Bon Appetit; and 2012 – Los Angeles Magazine), Best Seafood Restaurants in the U.S. (2012 – Travel & Leisure), World’s 5 Hottest News Restaurants (2011 – Details Magazine) and Dish of the Year (2013 – Los Angeles Magazine). 

Stephan Schubert

Executive Pastry Chef, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

Stephan Schubert, who won the prestigious American Culinary Federation Chef of the Year award in 2014, is the Executive Pastry Chef at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa.

Schubert, a 30-year veteran of the pastry business, is originally from Germany. He has worked in highly-rated European restaurants and hotels in Germany, Greece and Switzerland.

After moving to the U.S. in the late 1990’s, Schubert worked with such companies as Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, FL. and the Royal Viking Cruise Line. Most recently, he was the Regional Executive Pastry Chef for Pinnacle Entertainment properties in St. Louis and was named Pastry Chefs of the Americas.

In September 2017, Schubert represented the USA and the property at the Global Pastry chefs Challenge in Greece.

Francisco Pomalaza

Chef de Cuisine, The Rez Grill

Chef de Cuisine for The Rez Grill, Francisco Pomalaza is full of passion, energy, and intent on taking you on a culinary adventure. Known as Chef Cisco, he is the fiery chef who started at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa serving up steaks that are a cut above the rest in Council Oak Steaks & Seafood. Now, Chef Cisco is heating up the kitchen at our other upscale, fine dining restaurant, The Rez Grill.

Chef Cisco’s career has been spent in many award winning restaurants such as Talula Restaurant, Blue Moon Fish Co and the NYY Steak House at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek.

Born in Atlanta, GA and raised in Miami, FL, Chef Cisco was initially headed towards a degree in Chemistry. He quickly turned his instinctual abilities of combining various chemicals into mastering the combination of various ingredients to create dishes carrying details that showcase his passion. Chef Cisco obtained his degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales. He spent three years in Naples, FL as the Executive Chef of 7th Avenue Social in downtown Naples.

Luis Rosales

Chef de Cuisine, Council Oak Steaks & Seafoood

Starting as a dishwasher in a fast-casual restaurant and diligently working his way up the ranks, chef Luis Rosales is a self-taught cook with an unsinkable work ethic and passion for delicious food. He is now chef de cuisine at the 146-seat fine-dining signature restaurant, Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. 

Rosales, a native of Berrien Springs, Michigan, joined the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa in 2010 at 20 years old. His first job was as a cook at The Green Room. He soon learned every station at the 24-hour restaurant, and after just a year, moved to one of Tampa’s most venerated kitchen in Council Oak Steaks & Seafood. He spent four years at Council Oak as both a cook and learning to fabricate meats in the restaurant’s custom butcher shop. 

For a new challenge and a desire to continue learning and building his culinary resume, he then moved to the Fresh Harvest restaurant, and was promoted to sous chef before moving to Rise Kitchen & Bakery, and then back to Council Oak, having worked in every major dining outlet in the hotel.   

 

 

Carlos Quinones

Chef de Cuisine, Rise Kitchen & Deli

Carlos Quinones is the Chef de Cuisine of Rise Kitchen & Deli at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. Originally from Fajardo Puerto Rico, he relocated to Tampa, Florida in 2008. Carlos began his extensive career with the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa as a cook for the former 24 hour dining establishment Green Room.

Later in his career, Carlos moved his way up to becoming a Lead Cook for Council Oak Steaks & Seafood in 2011, and then helped open Rise Kitchen & Bakery in 2012 where he was hired on as a sous chef. Not long after he was promoted to “Room Chef” in the Green Room where he was also given the task to run all banquets throughout the casino. In 2014, Carlos was appointed Chef de Cuisine at Fresh Harvest Buffet.

Chef Carlos does not hesitate when asked if he has eager plans to continue moving up the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa food and beverage ladder. He is confident when expressing he is always up for the challenge. His goals are to aim for bigger and better improvements on not only himself, but also the dining establishments throughout Seminole Hard Rock Tampa.

Put your head down and work hard. Never wait for things to happen, make them happen for yourself through hard graft and not giving up”

Melvin De Leon

Chef de Cuisine, Hard Rock Cafe

Melvin De Leon is the Chef de Cuisine at Hard Rock Cafe in Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. De Leon has over 10 years of experience in various restaurants and catering venues.

At Seminole Hard Rock Tampa since October of 2009, De Leon started in the former Billboard Cafe before moving to The Green Room where he was the lead cook since 2013. He was also at Fresh Harvest Buffet prior to moving to Hard Rock Cafe.

A cigar connoisseur and avid camper, De Leon feels his diverse background will contribute to the overall success of a quality guest experience.

Valentin Castañeda

Chef de Cuisine, Fresh Harvest Buffet

A Texas native, Castañeda has over 20 years of culinary experience. He has worked for several world-class establishments including the Mobil Four Star Armani’s Restaurant at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tampa Bay; the Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort in Tucson; the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, also in Tucson; and the Hyatt Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio.

While at the Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, Castañeda participated in the first Hilton Worldwide culinary competition (Diamond Chef) and his team captured the gold medal.

Prior to arriving at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, Castañeda was also the Director of Food & Beverage for McKibbon Hospitality in Tampa where he managed the front and back of the house. He was involved with many taskforce projects, which included new menu training, brand initiative rollouts and new property openings and acquisitions.

 

German Huertas Daza

Chef de Cuisine, Plum VIP Lounge

German Huertas Daza is the Chef de Cuisine for Plum VIP Lounge at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa.

Born and raised in Colombia, Daza previously worked at three other dining venues at the property – Grey Salt, Fresh Harvest and The Rez Grill.

Prior to Seminole Hard Rock Tampa, Daza worked in New York City for Landmarc where he was the Sous Chef, Banquet Sous Chef and later the Executive Chef at Landmarc Tribeca.  Additionally, he worked in the catering division of Benchmarc Events.

Ji Hwan Lee

Chef de Cuisine, Jubao Palace Noodle Bar

Ji Hwan Lee is the Chef de Cuisine for Jubao Palace Noodle Bar at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. He also overseas Rock 'N Raw, our sushi and raw bar. A Seoul, South Korea native who is a former hockey player, Lee came to Seminole Hard Rock Tampa after working at such prominent properties as the Four Seasons Resort in Lanai, Hawaii and Epcot Walt Disney Resort in Orlando (Japan Pavilion).

Lee began his culinary career as a student in the Culinary Arts Apprenticeship program at Kapi’olani Community College in Honolulu. Fluent in three languages (English, Japanese and Korean), Lee brings a wealth of knowledge, ability and training in Asian cuisine. His first cooking experience was in 1998 when he helped his mother in her Japanese restaurant in Seoul with cooking food and washing dishes.

In 2011, Lee met his mentor who is a Japanese master chef from the Shinagawa Prince Hotel in Tokyo. He went on to work with him at the Hakone Japanese restaurant in the Prince Waikiki Hotel in Honolulu for five years.

Additionally, while at the Four Seasons in Lanai, Hawaii, he worked at NOBU as a sushi chef.

 

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