Chef Daniel Gomez Sanchez Named Chef de Cuisine at Madera Restaurant

April 3, 2012 6:46 PM EDT
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Michael Casey, Managing Director of Madera Restaurant at Rosewood Sand Hill®, the luxury hotel and spa in Menlo Park, is pleased to announce that Daniel Gomez Sanchez has joined Executive Chef Peter Rudolph and his outstanding culinary team as Madera’s new Chef de Cuisine. Chef Gomez Sanchez is a proven culinary leader with a resume that reads like a guide to some of the finest dining establishments in the United States and abroad. The past fourteen years have seen him rise steadily through the culinary ranks, leading the kitchens of high-wattage restaurants in California and beyond.

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Chef Gomez Sanchez comes to Madera after working as Senior Sous Chef at the popular Napa restaurant, Morimoto, collaborating with owners to help open the high-profile establishment. Prior to Morimoto, Gomez Sanchez spent time in the role of Chef de Partie at The French Laundry, in Yountville, CA, which Restaurant Magazine named the “Best Restaurant in the World” in 2003 and 2004. The acclaimed restaurant has also been honored with three Michelin stars each year since 2006. Sanchez also held the role of Chef de Partie at the two-Michelin star restaurant Cyrus, in Healdsburg, CA, where he further honed his skills in the art of fine dining.

Before moving to California’s wine country, Gomez Sanchez held positions at some of the best-known and revered restaurants in Las Vegas, including Le Cirque, Restaurant Guy Savoy and Restaurant Charlie, all of which were awarded Michelin stars. Prior to his culinary appointments in Las Vegas, he gained further professional experience while attending EUHT StPOL (Escuela Universitaria de Hotelería y Turismo de Sant Pol de Mar) in Barcelona, Spain. It was while earning his Postgrado de Cocina degree that he had the opportunity to work in the kitchen of Abac, the city’s notable Michelin-starred restaurant. Gomez Sanchez also holds a Hotel and Restaurant Management degree from the University of Missouri - Columbia.

Madera at Rosewood Sand Hill® offers a menu of refined yet approachable food that honors the many culinary traditions of the Bay Area. Led by Executive Chef Peter Rudolph, the restaurant’s artfully-crafted, market-driven cuisine of bold flavors are built around the restaurant’s wood-fire grill and rotisserie oven and created from sustainably harvested and produced seafood and meats, coupled with the bountiful harvest of the surrounding farming communities. Madera is recognized with one star in the Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country for two consecutive years, 2011and 2012. The restaurant’s wine program, led by Wine Director Paul Mekis, reflects the underlying culinary philosophy of the restaurant, showcasing an impressive wine list that embraces the regional cuisine and local influences with wines from the world’s best wine producing regions. Additional information is available at

Rosewood Sand Hill, which opened in April 2009, is located just one mile west of the Stanford University campus and adjacent to some of the nation’s foremost venture capital and private equity firms. Intended to meld with the surrounding landscape, the hotel’s low-rise design is inspired by local architectural traditions and expressive of the transparency between indoors and outdoors. Rosewood Sand Hill features 123 elegantly appointed guest rooms with state-of-the-art in-room technology. In addition to Madera, hotel amenities include a 17,000-square-foot Sense® spa, which includes 13 treatment rooms, Alex Chases Salon, a fitness room and outdoor pool, and 13,000 square feet of well-equipped, beautifully designed meeting spaces.

Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® manages one-of-a-kind luxury properties in the world’s most desired destinations. Rosewood properties embrace the company’s A Sense of Place® philosophy, reflecting the history, architecture, scale and sensibilities of the destination. The Rosewood collection includes some of the most legendary hotels and resorts in the world, including Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek® in Dallas, The Carlyle in New York, Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda, as well as contemporary classics such as Rosewood Sand Hill® in California, Rosewood San Miguel de Allende® in Mexico and Rosewood Tucker’s Point in Bermuda. Rosewood also offers Sense® spa – featuring treatments reflective of the location’s culture and natural environment – available exclusively at select properties.



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