Meet Chef Cisco: The Executive Chef of Council Oak Steaks & Seafood

The newest Chef de Cuisine for Council Oak Steaks & Seafood Francisco Pomalaza is full of passion, energy, and intent on taking you on a culinary adventure.

Known as Chef Cisco, he’s is the new fiery chef who’s heating up the kitchen inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa.

Chef Cisco’s career has been spent in many award winning restaurants such as Talula Restaurant, Blue Moon Fish Co and the NYY Steak House at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek.

Born in Atlanta, GA and raised in Miami, FL, Chef Cisco was initially headed towards a degree in Chemistry. He quickly turned his instinctual abilities of combining various chemicals into mastering the combination of various ingredients to create dishes carrying details that showcase his passion.

Chef Cisco obtained his degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales. He spent three years in Naples, FL as the Executive Chef of 7th Avenue Social in downtown Naples.

Now, Chef Cisco is serving up steaks that are a cut above the rest in Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, which opened in 2007. The restaurant quickly became Tampa’s number one destination for prime steaks, fresh seafood and an award-winning wine list served in a contemporary upscale atmosphere.

Council Oak Steaks & Seafood is considered fine dining at its best. All steaks are dry aged 21-28 days and cut right in the restaurant’s very own on-site butcher shop. The fresh fish in Council Oak Steaks & Seafood is line-caught in Florida and the Alaskan king crab legs are right from the Bering Sea. Custom salt water tanks also keep the live Maine lobsters fresh.

The namesake for Council Oak Steaks & Seafood comes from an actual tree located on the Seminole Tribe of Florida (STOF) reservation in Hollywood (Fla.) where ceremonial and official STOF business is conducted.

Be sure to stop in Council Oak Steaks & Seafood to have a meal fit for a rock star. The restaurant is open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Sunday through Thursday) and 5 p.m. to midnight (Friday and Saturday). Reservations are recommended. Please call 866-388-4263.