Former Member of Mary Elaine’s Culinary Team Returns to AAA Five Diamond Resort

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (September 29, 2014) – The Phoenician, Arizona’s premier AAA FiveDiamond resort destination, has named Richard Boyer as its executive chef.  Experienced in the award-winning culinary operations of Starwood’s Luxury Collection property, Boyer spent part of his early career working with Chef Alessandro Stratta at its former Five Diamond modern French restaurant, Mary Elaine’s.

Most recently, he served as culinary director and executive chef for the Forbes Five-Star/AAA Five Diamond resort, The American Club at Destination Kohler in Kohler, Wis.  While there, he led a team of 120 associates, overseeing its 12 venues as well as its banquet operations and production and demonstration kitchens.  Prior to that, he spent nearly seven years at the Inn on Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., joining the hotel as executive chef before taking on the additional role of food and beverage director.  His 22-year career has also included the position of chef de cuisine for both 27 Ocean Blue at the Five-Star Boca Raton Resort and Club; and Wright’s at the Arizona Biltmore.

“Richard’s extensive background and knowledge regarding the luxury guest experience are far-reaching, and a tremendous asset to The Phoenician and The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician, as we continue to innovate and expand our culinary offerings,” said Managing Director Mark Vinciguerra.  “We look forward to sharing his talents with everyone here and throughout our community.”

Boyer replaces Frank Belosic, who joined Saint Marc USA, a company engaged in the operation of restaurant and cafes, as vice president, culinary and operations.

A member of The American Culinary Federation and the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, Boyer received his degree from the New England Culinary Institute.  Earlier this year, he was the guest chef for the Champions Dinner at the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.

Located at the base of Camelback Mountain, the 250-acre Phoenician offers two exquisite experiences – a 583-room AAA Five Diamond luxury resort hotel and Arizona’s only Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five Diamond boutique hotel, The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician — at one magnificent destination.  The property features elegant, residential-style accommodations, distinctive and tantalizing cuisine across such restaurants as Il Terrazzo, J&G Steakhouse and Relish Burger Bistro, a championship golf course, 11 tennis courts, eight swimming pools, a children’s “spray ground,” The Centre for Well-Being and Salon Mila spa complex, an activities program for all ages and interests, numerous boutique shops, and a multi-million dollar art collection.  In addition to these offerings, the stylish 60-room Canyon Suites provides more intimate surroundings and enhanced services, creating an atmosphere of uncompromising splendor.  Both The Phoenician and The Canyon Suites are owned and operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., as part of The Luxury Collection. For additional information, please call (480) 941-8200; (800) 888-8234 or visit and