Executive Sous Chef,
The Phoenician Resort
Early in his career, this English chap was the “chef de partie” at the Roux Patisserie in England. After crossing the Atlantic to work in the States, he landed at Arizona’s Royal Palms, serving as sous chef for five years before becoming executive chef in ’05. Hillson has taken top honors in Zagat Surveys, Gayot.com and the Arizona Republic/azcentral.com Readers’ Choice Awards. He has also cooked at the James Beard House in New York, and for luminaries such as President George W. Bush, Barbra Streisand, the late Princess Diana, and Billy Joel.