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Talking Stick names new executive chef

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Casino Arizona, a venture of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community recently, appointed Tom Freimuth as executive chef for its new property, Talking Stick Resort. Working professionally in kitchens since he was 16 years old, Freimuth brings 30 years of experience to the resort.

Casino Arizona is proud of the wide array of dining options it offers to guests. Our goal is to continue that tradition at Talking Stick Resort by providing the optimal dining experience for everyone no matter what their tastes,” said Jon Jenkins, president and CEO. “Tom truly understands that objective and he is committed to presenting delicious, quality food in a most accessible way.”

As executive chef, he oversees all aspects of kitchen operations for restaurants at both properties. These responsibilities include menu development, food quality control, as well as the planning and execution of special events. His duties also extend to staffing, including training, customer service and team building. Part of that team building and training includes the communication of Freimuth’s cooking philosophy which is to buy quality ingredients, while pairing wonderful food, colors and textures and then letting the food speak for itself.

Freimuth has had a long history of working with luxury resorts and high-end restaurants. He was a chef at Robert Redford’s Sundance Resort and at Boulders Resort in Carefree, Ariz. Freimuth was also a chef at local favorite Tarbell’s in Phoenix. His familiarity with the hospitality industry is indispensable as it has been an integral component in the conception of the eight restaurants in Casino Arizona’s new endeavor, Talking Stick Resort.

“The opening of Talking Stick Resort brings another level of excitement and challenge to my job as we bring guests new dining offerings,” Freimuth said. “My hope is that through leadership, hard work, determination and a lot of fun, my staff and I can help open a resort that is successful and prosperous.”