Gustav E. Mauler, AAC Named 2016 American Culinary Federation Las Vegas Chef of the Year

Gustav E. Mauler, AAC was named the 2016 American Culinary Federation ACF Las Vegas Chef of the Year. The tradition started in 1970 and each year in June, the ACF Las Vegas honors outstanding members at a gala celebration—the Chef of the Year Dinner, which was held this year on June 26 at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa.

“The Chef of the Year Award has been established to pay tribute to that member whose culinary expertise and exemplary dedication have enhanced the image of the chef and the association. Chef Mauler is a community spirited business executive who regularly supports non-profit events and educational activities throughout Nevada,” said Philip Pinkney, President of ACF Las Vegas.

Chef Mauler is the President and CEO of Gustav International Chartered, a restaurant, hospitality, management and consulting company specializing in multi-themed designs based in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has been operating two entities: Spiedini and Gustav’s Catering, a culturally diverse fullservice catering division. “As a native Austrian, the first photo of me in a chef’s outfit was when I was in kindergarten. Sixty years later as a professional chef, I love what I do. I traveled the world to work in the culinary field—Europe, Africa, America and even consulted in Asia—and designed kitchen facilities in many major hotels. Las Vegas has been my beloved home for 29 years,” said Mauler.

He joined the gaming industry in 1980 working at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, New Jersey and in 1987 moved to the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. During his tenure as Senior Vice President at the Mirage Resorts, he oversaw the development, planning and design of all food and beverage areas along with myriad restaurants and lounges. He has not only influenced changes in the Las Vegas hospitality industry but helped paved the way for independent restaurateurs and celebrity chefs opening their restaurants in Las Vegas.

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