McDowell Mountain Golf Club and its new Mesquite Grille recently appointed Mark Hamilton as Executive Chef. Mark brings with him a wealth of culinary knowledge and professional experiences. Prior to joining the team at McDowell Mountain he served as the Executive Chef at The Rim Club in Payson, Arizona. His first position in Arizona was as Club Executive Chef for 12 years at Desert Mountain Club where he directed all restaurant operations on the property. Hamilton’s decorated career also includes serving as chef at Sutton Place Gourmet in Bethesda, Maryland; Panevino Restorante in Alexandra, Virginia; Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, VA; Palace Cafe’ in New Orleans; and Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City, MI.
“The Mesquite Grille is going to offer casual dining in an upscale yet comfortable environment. I am extremely excited to see this new clubhouse taking shape and seeing the finishing touches being put on the new Mesquite Grille. Upon opening, I look forward to serving up a culinary experience that will be sure to become everyday favorites, not only for our many residents in the McDowell Mountain community and surrounding City of Scottsdale, but also for our visitors, special event guests and golfing guests.”
Originally from Traverse City, Michigan, Hamilton a longtime member of the American Culinary Federation. He started his career at Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City Michigan and his midwest roots provided influence on his culinary offerings to come at Mesquite Grille. “The Valley of the Sun has a number of Midwest transplants and visitors from the Midwest as well. Therefore our menu will consist of not only the tasty American and Southwest favorites, but cuisine featuring home-style favorites with a Mesquite grille twist, such as our cornbread crust chicken potpie. Originals will include homemade cornbread, pasta tossed with fresh vegetables, fresh seafood with ancho chile broth, fresh herbs and the like, plus a few surprises mixed in for good measure. Entrées that go deliciously with your favorite glass of wine, while taking in the great views of Scottsdale,” added Hamilton.