Imagine a young boy sitting in front of the television watching his favorite cartoons on a Saturday morning—a typical scene played out in many households.  Not so for Las Vegas culinary wizard and barbecue pitmaster, Chef Phillip Dell.  He traded Bugs Bunny for chefs like Martin Yan and Justin Wilson and filled his Saturday mornings with cooking shows on PBS.  As he grew older, his love for all things culinary only grew stronger.

At an early age, Chef Dell realized his life would revolve around food—all he wanted was to become a chef.  Whether it was helping his mom decorate a cake, bake scrumptious goodies, or cook a family dinner, he was there.  By the time he was 8, this future chef was making 4-course meals for his family on his own.

At the end of summer every year, he stayed with his grandparents to help with the annual pig roast put on by his grandpa and uncle.  That’s where Chef Dell’s love for barbecue really started to develop.  After acquiring a Certificate of Culinary Arts at Traverse Bay Area Career Tech Center and a degree in Baking and Pastry Arts, as well as a minor in Nutritional Science, from the prestigious Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, he spent several years competing and winning in barbecue contests in the Midwest.  Unfortunate life circumstances took him out of professional barbecue for over a decade, but he returned to the circuit in 2013 with a will to win and spent several years honing his craft and refining his flavor profiles to please the palates of the West Coast.

Professionally, Chef Dell went from a humble start as a butcher’s helper at Deering’s Meat Market in Traverse City, Michigan to Pastry Sous Chef at the Wynn-Las Vegas several years after college.  Prior to joining The Core Group as a chef for the Las Vegas market, Chef Dell developed several entrepreneurial ventures, including Sin City Chefs, an upscale, private chef company, and CPD Enterprises, a culinary consulting and catering firm.  In 2018, Chef Dell also ventured onto the food truck scene with Fusion Beastro, an elite gourmet food truck.  

In a single year, Fusion Beastro was featured multiple times on the Cooking Channel on shows such as Carnival Eats and Carnival Kings.  Fusion Beastro also received the “Best Food Truck” award twice, garnering the coveted award at both the Spring and Fall Great American Foodie Festival.  Chef Dell’s brand-new food truck was also named as one of the best food trucks in Las Vegas by the Las Vegas Review Journal in its annual “Best of Las Vegas” contest.  Fusion Beastro and Chef Dell also garnered top honors at the 2019 Motley Brews Hopped Taco event with a win in the “Taco Loco” category.

Throughout his lifetime, Chef Dell has earned numerous awards in multiple fields, including winning the title of Chopped Champion on the Food Network’s Chopped “Cook Your Butt Off” episode, being named National Educator of Excellence by the National Restaurant Association, and earning the 2016 Teacher of the Year award by the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association.  Over the years, he has also won awards in natural bodybuilding and is a three-time, all-natural, world champion powerlifter.  More recently, he seasoned and smoked his way to a perfect score and three awards at the 2017 Jack Daniels World Barbecue Invitational competition in Lynchburg, TN.

Beyond his win on Chopped! and his food truck features on the Cooking Channel, Chef Dell has also appeared on the Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen and the Cooking Channel’s Firemasters.  Chef Dell also loves to spread his passion for food by teaching classes internationally and by being a regular on SOS radio (  The smoke rarely clears, and the fire never gets cold for him, but you can bet that when it does, you will see him outside grilling or in the kitchen cooking with his amazing wife, Leah.


  • Owner and Manager of CPD Enterprises, LLC, specializing in culinary consulting and catering for events of all sizes and palates; and Chef Phillip Dell Presents, an upscale, gourmet foodie experience.
  • INDUSTRY Chef of the year 2019
  • Formerly World Ranked #1. 2017 World Food Championships, Orange Beach, AL.
  • Formerly US Ranked #1. 2017 Chicken category, Kansas City Barbecue Society.
  • 3 Time award winner, Jack Daniels World Barbecue Invitational competition, Lynchburg, TN 2017.
  • 3 Time Voted Best Food Truck, Las Vegas NV.
  • Qualified for the American Royal World Barbecue Invitational competition- Kansas City, MO 2017.
  • 4 Time Grand Champion on the National Barbecue Circuit.
  • Cooking Channel 2017 television series, Carnival eats featured
  • Cooking Channel 2018 television series, Carnival Kings
  • Food Network—2013 television series; Season 15 “Chopped” Champion.
  • Food Network 2015 television series, Season 7 Cutthroat Kitchen Contestant.
  • Food Network Canada 2019 television series, Season 1 Firemasters
  • National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, National Educator of Excellence- 2016.
  • Nevada Cattlemen’s Association, Teacher of The Year-2016
  • Member of the Nevada Barbecuers Association. Vice President. 2017-2018
  • Member of the Nevada Restaurant Association. Board of Directors, 2014-2015.
  • Member of the Nevada Board of Education task force. Revised “standards” for all baking and pastry technical education curriculum.
  • United States and State Congressional Commendations- Educational Innovation
  • Numerous awards in national pastry and confectionery competitions.
  • Member of the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Numerous awards in national barbeque circuit competitions.
  • Endorsed by the American Heart Association. Director/Co-developer Teens Cook with Heart. Multiple senatorial commendations for Teens Cook with Heart. Numerous regional and national awards for recipe transformations.
  • Numerous awards in natural bodybuilding competitions. Creator of Taste the Transformation diet and health program. Member of Team U.S.A., an international natural bodybuilding competition team. Member of the International Natural Bodybuilding Association.
  • Member of the American Athletic Union. World and regional champion powerlifter.
  • Proprietor of previous entrepreneurial ventures: On The Sweet Side, Inc., a dessert and pastry business; Wizard’s Gourmet, a barbecue catering service and vendor of specialty seasonings; and Sin City Chefs Inc., a private chef and onsite catering service specializing in recipe transformation and healthy eating.
  • Opening team for five restaurants: La Cuisine Amical; Grumpy George’s; and Papa Romano’s—all of Traverse City, MI; Bravo! Cucina of East Lansing, MI; and the Wynn Las Vegas Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
  • Chef to the Rich and Famous, including multiple award-winning actors Tony Curtis and Ernest Bourgnine; former Governor of Michigan John Engler; former American Ambassador to Bermuda Larry Owen; Singer/Songwriter Wade Hammond; National Faith and Motivational Speaker Kathy Hammond; Dove Award Winning Singer/Songwriter Dallas Holm; and many others.
  • 40% improvement in bakery sales over a one-year period as Bakery Manager of L&L Food Centers. Increased daily sales 240% as Executive Pastry Chef of Dusty’s Cellar.
  • Serve/Safe® Sanitation Manager Certification from National Restaurant Association.