Joey Cavaretta, executive sous chef at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is 9-year veteran of the Resort. Chef Cavaretta is responsible for assisting with all aspects of the food and beverage operation throughout the 210-room property, including Talavera, Onyx Bar & Lounge, Proof Canteen, Saguaro Blossom, banquets and In-Casita Dining.
Chef Cavaretta went to culinary school in his home state of New York, and being raised in an Italian family, he was attracted to food at an early age. “Italians like to eat, but their approach to food is simple – ‘less is more,’” says Chef Cavaretta. “Each ingredient is always treated with care and respect, which allows more of the natural flavors to come through.”
Chef Cavaretta signed up for his first culinary job at the traditional Italian Jacobi’s Pizzeria in 1999. After tossing pizzas and learning the delicate art of a fresh tomato sauce, Chef Cavaretta moved to the upscale Italian restaurant Pranzo, where hard work and dedication paid off when he was offered the sous chef position after only two and a half years.
Cavaretta, needing a change of pace and a break from the cold winters, moved to Scottsdale in 2005 and joined the culinary team at Four Seasons Resort. Chef Cavaretta gained valuable experience in all of the Resort’s food and beverage outlets, including being an integral part of the opening culinary team for Proof in 2012. That same year, Cavaretta was awarded food and beverage Employee of the Year by the Arizona Hotel & Lodging Association. He was promoted to Banquet Chef in 2013 where his “less is more” technique helped to re-vamp the menus with a decidedly modern, but approachable theme. In October 2014, Cavaretta showed the public that he was not just another Italian chef, when he claimed second place at the Arizona Pork Council’s Taste of Elegance with his Italian-Filipino inspired adobo and five spice pork belly creation.
Outside of the kitchen, Chef Cavaretta’s family and faith always come first. “As an Italian, family and faith are just as important to us as food,” explains Cavaretta. “They keep me grounded and focused.” In his spare time, he enjoys playing poker and practicing Aikido (he is a second degree black belt) and Cavaretta has found a new hobby in collecting rare and aged cigars.
Cavaretta resides in Anthem with his wife, young son and teenage daughter.