New York native Stephen Blandino graduated from the Culinary Institute of America. He worked for acclaimed chef Charlie Palmer for 18 years, beginning at Aureole in New York and in 2000 helping to open the Mandalay Bay Aureole, where he moved up from line cook to executive sous chef.
In 2003 he was named executive chef of Charlie Palmer Steak in the Four Seasons, remaining there until he left to open his Americana lakeside in Desert Shores in 2016.
“I think it’s every chef’s dream to open their own place,” Blandino said. “And I guess the opportunity was there when I found out about this space.”