Chef Spotlight

John Courtney Chef Block 16

Pat EvansMay 1, 2019

John Courtney spent more than a decade as a banker before deciding it was time to live out his dream in the kitchen.

Courtney now leads The Cosmopolitan’s new Block 16 collection, following several years as the culinary director of Simon Hospitality Group, which included time at Carson Kitchen. He came to Las Vegas in 2009 to work with Rick Moonen at RM Seafood, before going on to become an opening specialist of sorts, helping launch Born & Raised, DB Brasserie and Yardbird.

Now at his favorite hotel on the Strip, he doesn’t see himself leaving until he and his wife can retire to a mountain town, providing him the opportunity to open a breakfast joint.

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