Seasoned talent

Executive Chef David Schmidt

Leading the innovative culinary team at Enchantment Resort is Executive Chef David Schmidt. Originally from Wisconsin, he moved to Arizona and, after meeting his wife whose family came from Mexico, he developed an appreciation for Southwestern-style cuisine.

He studied Culinary Arts & Sciences and Restaurant Management at the Scottsdale Culinary Institute, and later returned to its Le Cordon Bleu College as Chef Instructor L'Ecole. Combining his teaching with work in hospitality locales across the state, Chef Schmidt continues to create distinct flavor combinations that celebrate authentic regional cuisine.

Honored by Chaîne des Rôtisseurs as a Chef Rôtisseur, Chef Schmidt believes in sourcing local ingredients. Locally grown produce and cheese from expert Arizona craftsman play a major role in his menu development, for which he constantly seeks out the freshest and best ingredients.

In addition, he reflects the Enchantment team's philosophy of involvement in charitable efforts by contributing time and talent to various causes such as Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit devoted to ending childhood hunger in America. By participating in fundraising events like Taste of the Nation®, David helps give back to the world in which he's found creative satisfaction.

A seasoned talent with extensive experience in the culinary arena, Chef Schmidt is committed to delivering great food and service to Enchantment guests.