Joseph Castillo

Joseph Castillo

Joseph CastilloExecutive ChefSushi Roku Scottsdale A native of Pasadena, CA, chef Joey Castillo has been obsessed with cooking since a very young age. “I started cooking with my mom, who saw my passion and encouraged it as a seven-year-old by teaching me to cook traditional Latino dishes, but also sending me to cooking classes at a local grocery in Pasadena. She knew so long as I could cook, I’d never be starving or have to settle for fast food.” After high school, Castillo’s love of cooking led him to the California School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena, and a student job at an Italian deli, where he learned a lot about charcuterie and cheeses, “and that often the simplest, time-tested flavors are the best.” After graduation, Castillo joined the famed Patina Restaurant Group where he experienced the full spectrum of fine dining, from gourmet dinners at the namesake Patina restaurant, to upscale catering for big Hollywood events. But Castillo says his best decision was 11 years ago, when he accepted a position with Innovative Dining Group’s BOA Steakhouse, and also got employee discount at the nearby Sushi Roku. “I became obsessed with sushi, ate my way through the menu and learned so much from the sushi chefs.” Combined with previous experience at an Asian fusion restaurant in San Diego, and you can see why Castillo jumped two years ago when he was give the opportunity to come to Scottsdale and join the Sushi Roku team at the W Scottsdale. “To me one of the best parts about working at Sushi Roku is I’ve learned that sushi is not just...
Forest Hamrick

Forest Hamrick

Chef Forest Hamrick is a graduate of Scottsdale Culinary Institute with an Associates of Occupational Studies Degree in Culinary Arts and Science and Restaurant Management. He has held chefs positions in some of the best known and respected restaurants in the Phoenix metro area including Atlas Bistro and Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn. Chef Hamrick joined the Fairmont Scottsdale team in 2003. Hamrick started at the resort’s three-meal restaurant, LV Bistro (short for Las Ventanas or “the windows”) as Executive Chef. He then went on to run the resort’s AAA Four-Diamond La Hacienda restaurant as Chef de Cuisine where he oversaw the day to day operations and special culinary events. Upon the temporary closure of La Hacienda, Hamrick returned to LV Bistro where his responsibilities also include running the 24-hour a day in-room dining, the pool kitchen and Willow Stream Spa cuisine. During his tenure, Chef Hamrick led La Hacienda to win the AAA Four Diamond Award three years running. As a personal victory, Hamrick won the 85255 Iron Chef Competition in 2006. A native of Southern California, Hamrick flew East in 1999 where he began his culinary career in Scottsdale.    Developing his “Mexican roots”From Chef Forest Hamrick I was born in Visalia, California but raised in El Centro. Two of my best friends were Alex and Jose Duarte and I spent a lot of time eating their mom’s food and traveling with them to Mexicali which was a 30-minute drive from the house. The Duartes introduced me to the Mexican culture and food. Their mom was an awesome cook and made fresh tortillas every day for all...
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