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Jason W Jonilonis

Tucson Arizona, United States


Chef Jason Jonilonis is one of the most acclaimed chefs in the southwest. Having mastered many cuisines he is widely known for his own style of regional cuisine which blends European culinary influences with the unique flavors of Arizona, California, Asia and Latin America. His passion for cooking developed at the early age of seven, when he began cooking in his family’s kitchens in San Diego and where he learned to love working with fresh seafood and International family style comfort foods. As a young chef, he worked in a number of acclaimed restaurants in Southern California before moving to the southwest where he continued up the career ladder working at top rated 4 and 5 Star Resorts restaurants in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tucson. Along the way, he spent time with Arizona Native American tribal elders learning about indigenous ingredients which he incorporated into his culinary repertoire. Throughout his career, Chef Jonilonis has received much national recognition for his culinary talents and leadership style. He was selected by the James Beard Foundation as one of the “Best Hotel Chefs in America” program; won the “Best of Phoenix” award from the New Times and has been named by the American Culinary Federation as “Arizona Rising Star Chef of the Year.” He participated in the prestigious Masters of Food and Wine program in Carmel, CA four times. Under his leadership, the Gold Room of the Westward Look Resort in Tucson, AZ won many top honors, including 6 Consecutive Mobil Travel Guide Four Star Award. Along with 8 Consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Awards and the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Most recently, under his expert guidance, PY Steakhouse at Casino Del Sol Resort received the 2013 Forbes Four Star Award. He has multiple accolades for management excellence and Gold Medal Culinary and Iron Chef Competitions.


Tucson Arizona, United States