Get To Know Chef Carlos Quinones

Carlos Quinones, Fresh Harvest Room Chef, is originally from Fajardo Puerto Rico. He relocated to Tampa, Florida in 2008 and started working at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa in August of 2009.

Carlos did not start out his career in food and beverage as a chef. He worked his way to his head chef role by moving up the ladder throughout his time with Seminole Hard Rock Tampa.

Carlos began his extensive career with the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa as a cook for the former 24 hour dining establishment Green Room, where a new Mediterranean style restaurant Grey Salt lives, which is operated by renowned chef Marc Murphy.


Later in his career, Carlos moved his way up to becoming a manager for Council Oak Steaks & Seafood in 2011, and then helped open Rise Kitchen and Bakery in 2012 where he was hired on as a sous chef. Not long after he was promoted to “Room Chef” in the Green Room where he was also given the task to run all banquets throughout the casino.

Chef Carlos does not hesitate when asked if he has eager plans to continue moving up the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa food and beverage ladder. He is confident when expressing he is always up for the challenge. His goals are to aim for bigger and better improvements on not only himself, but also the dining establishments throughout Seminole Hard Rock Tampa.

Check out these fun facts about Chef Carlos Quinones:

What is in your fridge?
Beer, whiskey, rice and beans.

If you could have chased a different career path , what would it have been?
I would be a pilot, which was always my dream job.

Do you have a smartphone? If so, what is your favorite app?
Red E App! It’s the best app for team members. You can see the schedule and communicate important announcements!

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