Chef de Cuisine

deseo at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa


Born in Northern Mexico, Roberto Madrid brings a passion for Latino cooking to his role as chef de cuisine at deseo. He began his culinary career in Scottsdale in 1982, studying under Chef Tony Fogo at The White Truffle, a local French fine-dining restaurant. He then moved to Jean Carlo to master fine Italian cuisine and the spent six years with well-known Chef Michael Salvagio at Steven’s, helping to build the foundation of modern Southwestern cuisine. Madrid was part of the opening team at The Terrace restaurant at The Phoenician Resort & Spa as well as the Golden Swan at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort at Gainey Ranch.


Madrid was part of the opening culinary team at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa and has led the deseo culinary team since 2006.  His colorful and artistic presentations of each dish shares his excitement for deseo’s lively cuisine and bold flavors.  Madrid adds a modern twist to deseo’s unique recipes, using his knowledge of traditional Latin dishes to stay true to the “Nuevo Latino” menu.


Soon after opening, deseo was named among “America’s Best New Restaurants” by the James Beard Foundation and the accolades have continued. In addition to earning the Four Diamond Rating by AAA, the restaurant was recently voted “2014 Best Resort Restaurant” by Arizona Foothills magazine readers, was named as one of “America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants 2013”, by Wine Enthusiast and recognized as “Best Latin/South American Restaurant 2013” by LocalEats.