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MOUNTAIN SHADOWS in Paradise Valley, Arizona

You make decisions. 



September 2017 Issue | Vol. 5, No. 14


 













 

 








 
 
 
 


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Charles Wiley | Executive Chef | Mountain Shadows in Paradise Valley, Arizona Spend some time talking with Chuck Wiley, and you’ll eventually hear him mention the word decision. For instance: “Once I worked at a ski area,” Wiley said, “there was no more skiing. I could see the lift from my office. You make a decision in life. I had done enough.” The rest of the story: Some twenty years before Wiley took that job at that ski area—Bill Nassikas’s Deer Valley Ski Resort in Utah—Wiley lived in Lake Tahoe. The nineteen-year-old ski bum used to ski during the day and wash dishes at the Sahara Tahoe Casino, now Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (Stateline), at night. This would be about the time Isaac Hayes recorded his first live album at the casino. One day, as is oft to happen, the cook walked out, they told Wiley to cook, and, That, Wiley said, was that. By the time Wiley took the Deer Valley position, opening restaurants replaced downhill skiing. Wiley opened Menlo Park Grill & Bistro at the Stanford Park Hotel in Menlo Park. Nearby, in Berkeley and San Francisco, the farm-to-table movement began to take shape. Alice Waters and her Chez Panisse Restaurant took center stage; one of her chefs, Jeremiah Tower went his own way and opened the equally popular Stars; and Barbara Tropp’s China Moon Café gave America’s food scene a look into Asian cuisine they’d never before considered. In other words, Wiley lived in the Bay Area during an extraordinary era for food, which he correctly called “a golden era”. Nassikas, who took on the development of The Boulders Resort in Carefree, Arizona, “coaxed” Wiley to move to Arizona. “You make decisions,” Wiley said about his move to Phoenix.