Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert™ 2013 Chefs – Maria Schmidt
Executive Chef, Tinto at The Saguaro Palm Springs
Demonstration Held: Sunday, 12:15 p.m., Stage #1 Plummers Lounge Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert™ 2013
In This Video – Maria Schmidt, Executive Chef, Tinto at The Saguaro Palm Springs prepares diver scallops filet with braised swiss chard, grits, with green apple demi dressed green apple salad.
Maria Schmidt’s career in the kitchens of James Beard Award-winning Iron Chef Jose Garces has taken her from Philadelphia to Palm Springs while honing her skills- and palate- with Garces’ Latin-themed menus. She has been chef de cuisine at his modern Mexican restaurant and bar, Distrito, in Philadelphia and at Distrito Cantina in the Revel resort and casino in Atlantic City, and she opened Distrito at The Saguaro in Scottsdale last year.
Chef Maria arrived at The Saguaro in Palm Springs in January 2013 and is the executive chef of Tinto, Jose Garces’ Spanish tapas restaurant and wine bar and El Jefe, the tequila bar serving tacos and street food inspired by Mexico City. Chef Maria is a graduate of The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in Philadelphia.
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