About the Flying V Team
Ken Harvey, Executive Chef
A truly great chef loves food. Loews Ventana Canyon Resort's Executive Chef Ken Harvey began his love affair with food when he was just 18, working in the produce department in a grocery store. There, he discovered new fruits and vegetables, learned to savor them, determine their point of perfect ripeness. He traveled to Houston to attend the culinary school at the Art Institute, and in 2001, after graduation, he interned at the St. Regis in Houston. He went on to work for the Ritz Carlton Houston and St. Regis hotels in Aspen Colorado and Laguna Nigel, California. In Tucson, he worked the kitchen at Hacienda del Sol and the J.W. Starr Pass Resort. Then, in 2007, he moved to the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, and there he stayed, first as Banquet Chef and, finally, Executive Chef.
Brandon Cathey, Chef de Cuisine
Since getting his start in the kitchen at age 15 as a dishwasher, Chef Brandon Cathey has been honing his culinary expertise alongside some of Tucson’s best chefs. With a range of culinary experience at some of the city’s premier food destinations including Maynards Market and Kitchen and Hacienda del Sol, Cathey brought his approach of simple, clean Southwestern flavors to the Flying V kitchen as a sous chef in 2012 and quickly advanced to chef de cuisine in 2013. His emphasis on letting natural ingredients shine means guests experience an authentic taste of the Sonoran desert with a fresh, contemporary and slightly rustic twist.
Krista Owens, Executive Pastry Chef
Krista Owens took her talents to Tucson in December, 2010, when she left the AAA, Five-Diamond Ventana Room and returned to the Loews Ventana Canyon as Executive Pastry Chef. Her sweet, refined style and innovative approach have made the Resort's pastry experience even more exciting. When you dine at the Flying V Bar & Grille, be sure to save room for some of her signature desserts, like Vanilla Creme Brulee and Valrhona Chocolate Souffle.
H. Rock Saul, Manager Flying V Bar & Grill
After a decade at the Flying V Bar & Grill, H. Rock Saul is truly the rock that anchors every dining experience here. He's the first face you'll see when you enter the restaurant, and he's there throughout your meal to make sure you're loving your experience eating in Tucson and feeling at home. He says, you want to treat people well, make sure they're having a good time and make them feel comfortable so they feel they can come back any time, just like its their home. Hospitality is more than an industry to Rock, its a way of life. As he tells it, "I grew up in the South, in New Orleans, and that's what life is about, taking care of people." And that's what he's always done, building his career in fine dining and hotels. He managed three different Disney locations in Orlando, but for Rock, it's the relationships he's built here in Tucson that he holds closest to his heart. And he believes, building relationships is what its all about.