Award-winning Executive Chef Victor Juarez is leading Fuego, the modern, Latin infused indoor-outdoor restaurant and lounge at Hotel Maya, with a unique menu that blends his El Salvadorian roots with his Southern California culinary sensibilities. Fuego’s unique setting at the water’s edge provides service to 146 guests with 80 on the patio area and features stunning open-air views that include the Pacific Ocean, Long Beach skyline and the Queen Mary.

Chef Juarez also oversees all food preparation and execution for the resort’s 20,000-square-feet meeting, special event, and wedding venues. In addition, he directs and implements the 199-room hotel’s room service, banquets and catering activities.

Prior to joining Hotel Maya in 2010, Chef Juarez spent a year as executive chef at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif., leading all culinary efforts for the property’s nine restaurants and lounges.

Previously Chef Juarez was executive chef at the historic Mission Inn in Riverside, Calif., overseeing all facets of the resort’s food operations including four dining outlets, hotel room service and banquet facilities. He began at the Mission Inn in 1993 as executive sous chef.

While at the Mission Inn, Chef Juarez was the recipient of several culinary honors including a “Four Diamond” award for culinary excellence by AAA. He also received the “Golden Scepter” award in the American category, “Best of Award of Excellence” for wine, and a “Gold” award by the Southern California Restaurant Writer’s Association.

As executive chef at the Mission Inn, Chef Juarez joined three other elite chefs in an exclusive opportunity to participate in a dinner event at the James Beard Foundation in New York.

He continues to hone his culinary skills through seminars at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, Calif., and New York. Chef Juarez travels frequently throughout Mexico to learn the different regional cooking trends and classics.

Chef Juarez resides in the Long Beach, Calif., area with his family.