Our Team

Executive Chef Mel Mecinas
Executive Chef Mel Mecinas oversees the culinary operation of Talavera restaurant and all dining outlets at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale.  Chef Mecinas was instrumental in guiding the concept and culinary direction for Talavera restaurant and Onyx Bar & Lounge.  A 18-year veteran chef of Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Mecinas began his career with Four Seasons at the property in Santa Barbara followed by Los Angeles.  Mecinas counts among his many achievements cooking the second course in a seven-course, 90th birthday celebration for renowned culinary personality Julia Child. 

Executive Pastry Chef Lance Whipple
Lance Whipple is responsible for all dessert creations served in Talavera, and throughout Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale. A nine-year veteran of Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Whipple transferred to Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale most recently from the Resort’s sister property in northern San Diego. He started his pastry career working in all aspects of the culinary arts while attending the Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon. It was there where he found his passion for pastry and baking, including infusing modern twists and innovative elements into classic dessert creations.

Resort Sommelier Shaun Adams, Certified Specialist of Wine
Shaun has been working with wine for over 14 years in Arizona. He started his wine career at the Phoenician Resort working beside Master Sommelier Greg Tresner and Certified Specialist of Wine Dave Sullivan. In 2006 he completed his Sommelier Certification through the Court of Master Sommeliers, and broadened his knowledge by traveling through the wine regions of Spain and Portugal. Shaun works at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale in the Talavera Restaurant and leads wine education for servers, management and guests. He is in charge of the wine program for the resort with a list of over 400 wines. In the past year he has traveled to Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Napa Valley and was part of a 12 day immersion trip to Italy sponsored by the Guild of Sommeliers and Banfi. He passed his Certified Specialist of Wine and Certified Specialist of Spirits through the Society of Wine Educators and is currently studying to take his Advanced Sommelier Certificate.


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