About Terra Tempe
Terra Tempe Kitchen & Spirits, cleverly combines the rustic flavors of Arizona with traditional Southwestern dishes to provide guests an innovative menu of elevated Sonoran cuisine. Our new restaurant located in downtown Tempe features a menu rich in history, utilizing indigenous ingredients and artisanal products from the best local producers. Reflective surfaces and relaxing textures inspired by the native-Arizonian desert, welcome guests to experience our interpretation – a Tempe twist – on traditional Southwest restaurants.
Our bar features a wide array of signature nature-infused craft cocktails, local Arizona breweries, and an unexpected generous wine list.
Chef Mario Ventura is a seasoned valley chef showcasing many inspiring cuisines that reflect his eighteen-year realm in Culinary Arts. Dishes that are not only delicious, but innovative, sleek and modern presentations.
Currently at The Westin Tempe, where he opened the hotel as the Executive Sous Chef building a structured culinary team with upholding the highest standards of food quality. His work history has led him to work for some of the most prestigious hotels and resorts, casinos, country clubs and restaurants in the Valley of the sun.
Chef Ventura studied Culinary Arts at Le Cordon Bleu Scottsdale, where he trained and honed classical and Avant Garde techniques capturing an Associates Degree for his craft. After completing his time in Le Cordon Bleu, Chef Mario was exposed to the amazing world of hotelier where he spent time in luxurious hotel brands such as Four Seasons, Fairmont, Omni, and The Luxury Collection with Starwood Hotels across Arizona. Chef Ventura has accrued the knowledge of running multiple kitchens with more than 80 staff members, that also generate revenues of fifty-five million dollars just in food and beverage alone. In his current assignment, he was able to lead the team to the Number 1 ranking Westin our of 130 Worldwide for Sales and Banquets Food Quality for GSS.