Top of the World
Executive Chef Rick Giffen brings 26 years of hotel restaurant culinary experience to his management role at the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower. Over the course of his highly successful career, he has opened more than 40 restaurants worldwide, trained at the Hotel Intercontinental San Diego while going to culinary school, and opened the U.S. Grant Hotel as saucier for Grant Grill, which was reviewed in several culinary magazines including Food and Wine.
Running five restaurants and the banquet center in Steamboat Springs, Colo., he was the youngest Executive Chef in the Sheraton Hotel chain. Giffen served as Western Regional Corporate Chef for Planet Hollywood, and was also the Culinary Training Director, overseeing daily operations of the 14 properties west of the Rockies, as well as Marvel Mania and the Official All Star Cafe.
Giffen also served as Executive Chef of the Maxim Hotel, and as Regional Corporate Chef for China Grill Properties at Mandalay Bay (Rum Jungle, Red Square, Rock Lobster and China Grill). He was Chef Partner of Café Wasabi which operated on West Sahara and inside the Las Vegas Convention Center, and was Chef de Cuisine of Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas. Giffen oversaw operations of Café Baba Reeba, opened Strip Burger in Fashion Show Mall, and opened Trader Vic’s at Planet Hollywood Hotel as the Corporate Chef.