Sahara announces Vladimir Chavez as execurtive chef at Chickie’s & Pete’s Crabhouse and Sports Bar

Sahara announces Vladimir Chavez as execurtive chef at Chickie’s & Pete’s Crabhouse and Sports Bar

Chef Vladimir Chavez

SAHARA Las Vegas announces Vladimir Chavez as the new executive chef at Chickie’s & Pete’s Crabhouse and Sports Bar, renowned for earning ESPN’s designation as the “No. 1 Sports Bar in North America.” Chavez brings nearly a decade of experience in the restaurant industry to his new role at the dynamic sports-viewing hotspot, which is known for its lively ambience and tempting casual fare.

Prior to his current role, Chavez served on the opening team for Fleur French Bistro at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino where he served as the restaurant’s executive chef. Over the course of his eight-year career at Mandalay Bay, Chavez also worked at a number of other esteemed venues, including Aureole by Charlie Palmer, Libertine Social and the property’s convention center banquet department. Additionally, he also worked at Della’s Kitchen located inside Delano Las Vegas.

“It is an honor to join SAHARA Las Vegas as the new executive chef at Chickie’s & Pete’s,” said Chavez. “I look forward to preparing its signature menu items—from its addictive burgers, sandwiches, ‘Pete-zzas’ and seafood to its world-famous Crabfries—for our guests.”

Outside of his role at Chickie’s & Pete’s, Chavez combines his passion for cooking with volunteer work by dedicating his free time to Three Square Food Bank during the holiday season. He is originally from Havana, Cuba.

SAHARA Las Vegas is an all-encompassing resort and casino with 1,613 guest rooms and suites in three distinctive towers – including the AAA® Four Diamond Alexandria Tower, more than 85,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, AZILO Ultra Pool, two rooftop pools and a collection of acclaimed restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. The inviting casino occupies 60,000 square feet and features approximately 600 of the latest slot and video poker machines, 50 classic table games, Infinity – a premium gaming lounge, The Poker Room at SAHARA Las Vegas and a sports book operated by global gaming leader, William Hill. An impressive selection of culinary and cocktail offerings includes Bazaar Meat by José Andrés™, named “Best Restaurant in Nevada” by Business Insider; famed Philadelphia sports bar Chickie’s & Pete’s; The Noodle Den from renowned Chef Guoming “Sam” Xin; CASBAR Lounge; Uno Más; Prendi; The Tangier; Zeffer’s and James Beard award-winning Chef Shawn McClain’s Balla. SAHARA Las Vegas is also proud to serve as home to MAGIC MIKE LIVE Las Vegas presented by Channing Tatum. SAHARA Las Vegas players can also enjoy the perks of an Infinity Rewards membership, a joint loyalty program between SAHARA and its sister property Grand Sierra Resort and Casino Reno, which gives players the opportunity to earn and redeem rewards across both destinations. SAHARA Las Vegas is a minority-owned business certified by the Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council. For more information, please visit and stay connected on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.