Chef Lupe is a 24-year resident of La Quinta, where he lives with his wife, Claudia, who are celebrating 31 years together. They also have three children: Jonathan, Breanna, and Anthony. Both Jonathan and Breanna attend college. In fact, Jonathan has worked several seasons on our Outside Service team while attending school. Chef Lupe enjoys playing soccer with his son, Anthony, who also has a passion for cooking nutritious food. With the generosity of our members, through the Arnold Palmer Education Fund, Anthony is now attending Grand Canyon University in Arizona.

Before being recruited to Agua Caliente Casino, Chef Lupe served as Executive Sous Chef at Tradition for 8 years. He also spent five years working the summer season for the Lodge at White Fish in Montana. His previous experiences also include being part of the grand opening of the Firebrand Hotel and Spa in Montana, The La Quinta Resort, The Arizona Biltmore and Hilton Hotels in Frankfort, Germany.

Watching his grandmother cook fresh foods that she harvested from her own ranch, Chef’s love for cooking started early. His career is a classic American story, he started as a humble dishwasher, being promoted into each new position he held.

Chef Lupe believes that “Tradition is a place that makes you feel close and personally cared for, something truly special. The culture brings inspiration and a sense of belonging.”