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The “All-New” Pala Casino Introduces New Executive Chef

Pala CA— Pala Casino Spa and Resort is delighted to announce the appointment of Kurt Hauser as the new Executive Chef.

Chef Hauser is a graduate of the Culinary School of America, Hyde Park, where he studied and received a degree in Culinary Science, as well as the Student Service Award for leadership.  Hauser brings over 37 years of top-notch culinary experience to his new post. Having worked in many different facets of the industry ranging in areas as free standing restaurants, Luxury Leisure hotels, Convention Hotels, Country Clubs and casinos, he understands what it takes to keep a restaurant running smoothly and to provide unbeatable customer service.

In his capacity as Executive Chef, Hauser will oversee culinary operations at each dining outlet, including menus, room and banquet kitchens, and overall quality control.  “We are very excited and proud to bring Chef Kurt aboard,” explains Steve Whisler, director of Food and Beverage at Pala. “Chef Kurt possesses a rare mixture of experience, education, passion and foresight. Our guests are going to love him and what he creates for them.”

Over the last 37 years, he has served as Executive Chef at such locations as the prestigious Rams Hill golf course resort, Borrego Springs Resort, Eugene Country Club in Oregon, and La Casa Del Zorro Desert Resort.  He has also served as Executive Chef at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa as well as Assistant Executive Chef at Pechanga Resort and Casino, helping each to achieve AAA 4-Diamond certification.

In addition to his education and experience, Chef Hauser has been active in the community.  While at Pechanga, Chef Hauser co-hosted the very popular cooking class “Chef’s Magic” to sold-out audiences.  His inspirations also include sharing his knowledge of food preparation through wine dinners and culinary demonstrations.

“I’m very excited to join the team at Pala Casino Resort,” adds Chef Kurt Hauser. “I look forward to working together and developing the enthusiasm and skills for a fresh start and new perspective in food production and presentation.  I’m excited about the opportunity to meet the customers and help make their dining experience truly enjoyable.”


About Pala Casino Spa & Resort

Pala Casino Spa & Resort includes a Las Vegas-style casino with 2,000+ slot machines, 84 table games, eight poker tables and a 15,000-square-foot smoke-free casino area; a 507-room hotel; five swimming pools with two hot tubs and 14 luxury cabanas; a 10,000-square-foot, full-service spa and salon that features 17 treatment rooms, two cabanas and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

Pala also offers 10 restaurants and 40,000 square feet of meeting and convention space. Pala Casino Spa & Resort is a AAA Four-Diamond Award winner for 15 consecutive years.