Chef Robert Hesse

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Introducing Chef Robert Hesse, a Brooklyn native, with over 25 years of executive corporate chef experience, spread over travels in 34 states and three countries before the age of 27. Travels that have brought him to Santa Fe for DeSOTO Restaurant's "urban table and social" which Hesse describes as URBAN STREET TO TABLE. Featuring an eclectic menu paying homage to a bohemian chef, with Michelin star flare, design, and familiarity with comfort street food chic.

Most will recognize Chef Robert Hesse as two time fan favorite of Chef Gordon Ramsey's HELLS KITCHEN on FOX TV as well as multiple appearances on FOOD NETWORKS Beat Bobby FlayGuy's Grocery Games and Chopped to name a few. Chef Hesse’s accolades include Executive Chef at the renowned PLAYBOY MANSION in Los Angeles, as well as corporate executive chef for Eldorado Casino and Resorts, Reno, NV. He is a chef gypsy, traveling the USA and abroad as a consultant executive chef. He has helped numerous restaurants gain notice, concept and development, fostering growth from local mom and pop establishments to major market hotels and casinos.

Added note: You may also see a dramatic change in Chef Hesse’s appearance, from his one time 650 pounds, transformed to 155, and dedicated more then ever to bring his style of food and culture here to the Santa Fe market. “Food is the medium that brings all walks of earth to one social gathering and my job is to create food that inspires — pushing your mind and palette to be challenged as well as satisfied.” Hesse says the team at DeSOTO – from the designer to the ownership and the management company – is sparing no expense nor missing any detail. DeSOTO will be a destination experience visually and gastronomically. “I'm excited to see it all come together; the team here is unique and special and with all these creative minds it's a great recipe for Santa Fe.”



Look for DeSOTO, opening soon, in the Luna Complex on Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe.

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