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Meet the Chefs
Meet The Chefs

Discover theCulinary Maestros

Our team of talented and innovative chefs is dedicated to crafting unforgettable dining experiences that showcase the rich flavors of the American Southwest.

Explore the stories and expertise of each chef, learn about their culinary inspirations, and gain insight into the passion and creativity that drive their gastronomic creations. From artful American dining at Litchfield's to the relaxed atmosphere of Red Allen's Bar & Grill, you'll discover the diverse talents and backgrounds that make The Wigwam a premier dining destination.

Christopher McLean | Executive Chef and Beverage Director

Christopher McLean

Executive Chef & Beverage Director

Christopher McLean is a culinary visionary, celebrated for his role as the Executive Chef and Beverage Director at The Wigwam. McLean brings forth an impressive lineage of culinary excellence, drawing from more than twenty years of honing his craft across kitchens, wine cellars, and food-and-beverage leadership roles within distinguished hotels and resorts. A distinguished accolade in his journey, McLean holds the esteemed title of a Certified Level 2 Sommelier, an achievement granted by the revered Court of Master Sommeliers. His deep-rooted passion for the art of wine is further underscored by his immersive studies at over 250 vineyards, coupled with his culinary contributions to some of Napa Valley's most prestigious kitchens.

Adam Dunton | Litchfield's Chef de Cuisine

Adam Dunton

Litchfield's Chef de Cuisine

Adam Dunton possesses 15 years of culinary experience at upscale resort restaurants in and near Phoenix. Dunton started working at The Wigwam in 2018 as Chef de Cuisine at Red Allen's Bar & Grill. He is constantly motivated by the inventive uses of high-quality, fresh ingredients and combines his cooking with a modern American comfort food concept.

Peter Galletta, Chef de Cuisine

Peter Galletta

Red Allen's Chef de Cuisine

With over 20 years of culinary experience in top hotels in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Phoenix area, Chef Peter Galletta is a culinary maestro. He graduated from the Scottsdale Culinary Institute Le Cordon Bleu in 2003, kickstarting a stellar career. He began his journey with an externship at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, and later contributed his culinary expertise to renowned hotels in various locations.

Chef John Hallett wigwam arizona

John Hallett

Wigwam Bar & Tower Pool Chef de Cuisine

Johnny Hallett brings over 20 years of culinary expertise to his role as Chef de Cuisine at Wigwam Bar and Tower Pool. Chef Hallett originally joined The Wigwam team in April of 2023 as lead cook. Hallett quickly rose through the ranks and was promoted to Sous Chef within a matter of months. In his current role, Johnny oversees all back-of-the-house operations, from managing and training kitchen staff to curating innovative dishes and menus, ensuring an exceptional dining experience for our guests.

Chef de Cuisine Thomas Thompson

Thomas Thompson

Banquet Chef de Cuisine

Chef Thomas embarked on his culinary journey in 2001, in Northern California while pursuing a B.S. in Law. He honorably served in the United States Air Force and after traveling the world, his passion for the culinary arts expanded. After an esteemed military career and drawn to the vibrant culinary scene, he relocated to Arizona and pursued his passion further by attending Le Cordon Bleu College. Displaying exceptional talent and dedication, under tutelage of great Alaskan Chefs. Thomas quickly gained unmatched experience.

Chef de Cuisine Garde Manger Tyler Woody

Tyler Woody

Chef de Cuisine Garde Manger

A seasoned and creative culinary professional who found his way to the Southwest from the Midwest, Woody is a key member to the historic resort’s food-and-beverage team, working closely with the culinary team, choosing, preparing, and presenting exceptional cold plates. Woody originally joined The Wigwam after relocating to Phoenix in 2018, and worked his way up the ranks at Red Allen’s Bar & Grill and Litchfield's. He moved on to Garde Manger in 2023 and has embraced the creativity afforded his position.