THE RITZ-CARLTON, DOVE MOUNTAIN

15000 North Secret Springs Drive, Marana, Arizona 85658 USA
Phone:  +1 (520) 572-3000   •  Map & Directions
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CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar: Culinary Team

  Daniel Schmidt, Executive Chef
  Daniel Mangione, Executive Pastry Chef

Daniel Schmidt, Executive Chef




Chef Daniel Schmidt came to The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain from The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou in China, where he served as Executive Chef. Prior to that, he was a culinary backbone for The Ritz Carlton, Wolfsburg, in Germany, his native country. At Wolfsburg, he lead the hotel’s Grill Restaurant to become one of the top-rated establishments in the region and enjoyed a famed reputation throughout Europe. Schmidt’s added career highlights include roles as a culinary trainer and consulting chef for high-profile hotels and restaurants throughout China, Europe, India, the Middle East and South Africa.

Chef Schmidt is known for signature dishes which combine classic international cuisine and modern European cooking to create simple but delicately balanced flavors. From fresh seafood dishes to delicate Asian specialties -- and from popular French and German selections to beloved American food, Schmidt’s culinary portfolio is visible throughout The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. He oversees the property’s multiple restaurant experiences, including the award-winning CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar, as well as its In-Room Dining and banquet divisions.
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Daniel Mangione, Executive Pastry Chef




Chef Daniel Mangione, a native of California, joined The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain team with extensive experience directing pastry teams for several leading global dining locations within The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

Mangione has overseen pastry activities for Bvlgari Resorts in Bali and for Ritz-Carlton properties throughout Florida and California, including The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, where he was mentored by renowned French master chef Xavier Salomon. Mangione has also participated in televised cooking segments on NBC’s Today Show, featured on CNN and on the Food Network, and was a winner of the prestigious Ultimate Wedding Cake Challenge. Additionally, he has placed in the highly-competitive Classic Wedding Cake competition in Beaver Creek, Colorado and served as an opening team member and chocolate artisan for Norman Love Confections in Ft. Myers, Fl., producing chocolate décor, molded candies and Godiva’s “G” line of truffles.
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