For Immediate Release
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016

Reno, Nev. – Northern Nevada’s largest and premier resort and casino, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino (GSR), recently welcomed highly-accomplished chef Cliff Denny to lead the region’s only celebrity chef-owned restaurant, Charlie Palmer Steak, as its new executive chef. Chef Denny brings a diverse range of international experience to Reno’s rapidly burgeoning culinary scene. As the executive chef at Charlie Palmer Steak, Chef Denny takes over the helm of one of the West’s most notable steakhouses.

“GSR is committed to providing a world-class experience that simply cannot be found elsewhere in northern Nevada or California and dining is an integral part of that experience,” said Tracy Mimno, president and COO of GSR. “To have a chef with the training and experience of Cliff Denny join the Charlie Palmer Steak Reno team is exciting and significantly bolsters the property’s already acclaimed culinary offerings. We are also thrilled to welcome Monte Durbin as general manager and truly feel that his vast knowledge in restaurant management will only elevate our guest experience.”

Joining Denny is an all-new general manager, Monte Durbin, who brings a wealth of experience from some of the top culinary destinations in the country including The Russian Tea Room in New York City, Oscar’s Steak House in Las Vegas and Ruth’s Chris Steak House, most notably in San Francisco.

With more than 20 years of fine dining culinary experience in some of the world’s best resorts, Chef Cliff Denny’s hospitality beginnings were humble. He worked his way up the ranks at an old Victorian hotel in England, first as a dishwasher, then filling in as a prep cook when needed, until he was ultimately offered a culinary apprenticeship. Now an accomplished chef, Denny moved to the United States from England to work as a sous chef for The Ritz Carlton, beginning in Tyson’s Corner, Va. and then onto Naples, Fla. After five years with the Ritz, Denny refined his culinary skills at the famed Cloisters in Sea Island, Ga. and then the Viceroy property on the destination island of Anguilla.

It was in the West Indies where he was tapped by Chef Charlie Palmer to become the opening executive chef for the reopening of the newly redesigned legendary Knickerbocker Hotel in 2015. In conjunction with Palmer, Denny oversaw the hotel’s signature restaurant, Charlie Palmer at The Knick, the rooftop bar and lounge, St. Cloud, the ground floor café, JAKE’s and room service offerings for the 330-room hotel, as well as events and catering throughout the property.

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