UP-AND-COMING VISIONARY CHEF SPREADS HIS WINGS IN THE HEART OF GREATER PALM SPRINGS’ CULINARY SCENE WITH NEW APPOINTMENT TO AGUA CALIENTE CASINO CATHEDRAL CITY

September 8, 2020

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UP-AND-COMING VISIONARY CHEF SPREADS HIS WINGS IN THE HEART OF GREATER PALM SPRINGS’ CULINARY SCENE WITH NEW APPOINTMENT TO AGUA CALIENTE CASINO CATHEDRAL CITY

Cathedral City, CA. (September 8, 2020) – Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City has appointed Julián González Cruz, an up and coming chef in the making, Executive Chef for all of its food and beverage enterprises. González brings his decades of experience in innovative culinary vision to his new role at Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City, and in his role will oversee the casino property’s gastronomic endeavors including recipe and menu creation, and food preparation and presentation, when it opens later this year.

Chef González comes to Agua Caliente Cathedral City from the sister property Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage where he was Chef de Cuisine at the exclusive Forbes’ Four-Star and Wine Spectator Award winner, The Steakhouse.

González has spent several years as a private chef to celebrities and dignitaries customizing their meal plans and nutritional needs as well as preparing the meals for their private upscale events. González’ vast experience also includes many years as Executive Chef with beloved local restaurant Wilma and Frieda’s, and famous clubs such as Thunderbird Country Club, and the Villa Portofino Club House, where he not only developed a “made from scratch” menu, but implemented a robust wine program.

“With Chef Julian’s knowledge in modern cooking techniques such as sous vide and molecular cuisine, and his readiness to please his guests, we are excited for what innovative dining experiences Chef will create for Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City. We know that by bringing Chef Julian on board, he will put us at the forefront of a growing Greater Palm Springs culinary scene,” said Michael J. Facenda, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City. “Chef González will not only be known here in the Valley for being one of the best, but we are confident his work will be respected far and wide, and people will come from all over southern California to experience his cuisine,” Facenda added.

Chef González earned his Management Degree from Florida Culinary Institute where he was on the Dean’s List for two consecutive years. González also received his diploma in Haute Cuisine from Ambrosia Culinary School in 2001, and has been a member of the World Gourmet Society since 2013.

González is orginally from Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico and now lives in Bermuda Dunes with his wife. When González is not in the kitchen you can find him trail running or visiting a National Park. He is passionate about the outdoors and nature and enjoys watching documentaries always eager to learn something new.

Agua Caliente Cathedral City is looking to fill over 500 new positions before opening in late 2020, and others looking to join the Agua Caliente Cathedral City team can find available positions listed at www.aguacalientecasinos.com.

Executive Chef Julián González Cruz – Photo credit: Ethan Kaminsky Photography

ABOUT AGUA CALIENTE CASINOS
Agua Caliente Casinos are located in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, and opening in late 2020 in Cathedral City, CA. Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage is the only property in California that has been awarded the Forbes Four-Star Rating for three different locations within the resort hotel. The Sunstone Spa, also ranked in the top spas in the U.S. and no. 1 in California by Spas of America’s Top 100 Spas 2019; The Steakhouse winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence consecutively since 2007; and the resort hotel have all achieved Forbes Four-Star status. Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage is also a AAA Four Diamond property and was ranked top 10 for “Best Casino Outside of Las Vegas” in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2018 travel awards. Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage is also home to Southern California’s premier entertainment venue, The Show, which features a legendary lineup of performers. Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs offers the newest slot machines, a variety of table game action, high-limit gaming, plus fine dining and shopping, all in a fabulous setting in historic downtown Palm Springs. Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City, opening in late 2020, is the newest gem in the Agua Caliente Casinos’ crown and consists of over 30,000 sq. feet of gaming, including 530 slot machines, and eight table games. The 12,000 sq. foot outdoor Agua Caliente Pavilion sets this property apart as it will host live entertainment, an array of special events, and community gatherings, all with an amazing view of desert landscape and picturesque mountain tops. This beautiful property will also boast a three-meal dine-in restaurant, 360 Sports Bar, the sister outlet of 360 Sports Bar in Rancho Mirage, that will amaze sports fan with its state-of-the-art sights and sounds, and the 24-hour Java Caliente coffee shop. The Agua Caliente Casinos are owned and operated by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, which also owns the world-renowned Indian Canyons and Tahquitz Canyon hiking trails, and the Indian Canyons Golf Resort. @aguacalientecasinos

For Press Inquiries, Contact:
Dawn Petrick
Manager of Media and Community Relations
Agua Caliente Casinos Palm Springs/Rancho Mirage/Cathedral City
(760) 833-8109
dpetrick@accmail.net

Last modified: September 8, 2020

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