Executive Chef selected for Southwest University Park

Executive Chef selected for Southwest University Park
Courtesy Mithoff Burton
El Paso Chihuahuas

POSTED: Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 2:54pm

UPDATED: Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 2:54pm

Ovations Food Services is pleased to announce that JJ Castaneda has been named Executive Chef for Southwest University Park, home of the El Paso Chihuahuas. He will be responsible for all catering, restaurant, premium, hospitality and concessions menus. Prior to taking the ballpark position, Castaneda served as the Opening Chef for Nofish Kitchen & Bar. He also held previous positions in the San Francisco Bay Area at venues such as the highly acclaimed seafood restaurant, Aqua, La Folie, Restaurant Lulu, and Zibibbo Restaurant, which was voted by Gourmet Magazine as one of the top 100 restaurants in America. Castaneda served as Executive Chef at The Waterfront Restaurant and Café in San Francisco and Carlos Santana’s Maria Maria Mexican Food locations in Mill Valley, California and in Austin, Texas.

“We are thrilled to have JJ take the lead on culinary services at the ballpark,” said Jeff Hanauer, General Manager of Ovations at Southwest University Park. “He has trained under exceptional chefs around the world and his broad range of expertise makes him the right person for the job.”

"Ballpark food and beverage is a vital part of the experience of attending a minor league baseball game,” added Alan Ledford, President of MountainStar Sports Group. “We're excited to have someone with Chef JJ's experience and background leading Ovations’ efforts at Southwest University Park."

El Pasoans will remember Castaneda from his recent participation as a Celebrity Chef for the March of Dimes. He is a native El Pasoan and has a culinary degree from The California Culinary Academy.

“I’m proud to get to work for the most reputable food service company in the country,” said Castaneda. “It’s a privilege to get to be a part of something as special as the opening of the new ballpark in my hometown. I look forward to creating an incredible culinary experience for thousands of Chihuahua fans.”

Ovations Food Services was selected to provide their signature Everything’s Fresh™ approach to all culinary components at Southwest University Park. Opening Day is scheduled for Monday, April 28, which kicks off an eight (8) game homestand beginning with a 4-game series versus the Fresno Grizzlies (S.F. Giants).

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