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DeJoria Center’s State Road Tavern & Restaurant Welcomes New Executive Chef, Ernesto Rocha

In Press Releases by DJC Admin

Kamas, Utah – DeJoria Center – Utah’s premier event and adventure escape – is excited to welcome Ernesto Rocha as its new Executive Chef of State Road Tavern & Restaurant. Somewhat of a legend, Chef Rocha comes to DeJoria Center with 27 years of culinary experience linked to some of Park City’s most exceptional menus.

At just 17 years old, Rocha moved to Utah to follow his passion in world cuisines. Since he arrived in Park City in 1991, Rocha successfully trained his way through, and led some of the area’s most excellent restaurants and kitchens. In the last decade, Ernesto Rocha worked as the Executive Chef at the worldrenowned Boutique Hotel, The Washington School House, as well as the executive sous chef at Powder, in the Waldorf Astoria. Additionally, Rocha served as the Executive Chef at Zoom in Park City, moving the restaurant from the 81st rank on TripAdvisor to the top 10 in less than two years.

His cooking style is known for infusing unique flavors into traditional American dishes, giving them an incredibly tasty twist and melding them into a style of culinary art all his own. While guests can get a sense of his personality through his creative dishes, Rocha loves to interact with people, especially those he’s feeding.

“We are delighted to welcome Chef Ernesto Rocha to our team,” said Tracy Mullen, director of sales and marketing for DeJoria Center. “Chef Rocha is a culinary talent that will bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to State Road Tavern & Restaurant. Not only is his food delectable, his warm and kind personality is sure to bring smiles to our guests’ faces, and we’re lucky to have him as our chef.”

State Road Tavern & Restaurant is located inside the DeJoria Center on the beautiful High Star Ranch in Kamas, UT. Nestled at the base of the Uinta foothills, the scenic location offers some of the best views in Utah. With craft cocktails, over 20 beers and a custom-built smoker cooking country-inspired cuisine to perfection, State Road Tavern & Restaurant has something for everyone. The State Road Tavern & Restaurant serves dinner and drinks Thursday through Saturday from 5pm to 9pm, and Sunday brunch from 10am to 2pm.

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About DeJoria Center

DeJoria Center – Utah’s premier event and adventure escape – is a corporate events and performance venue located on an expansive 1,100-acre natural conservancy area within the High Star Ranch in Kamas, Utah. The center offers guests fresh air, stunning views, gorgeous water features and year-round recreation that Utah’s high- mountain valleys are known for. DeJoria Center provides any sized company with an unrivaled experience. The Center offers companies a unique experience orchestrated by events and entertainment professionals who have represented some of the world’s most well-known artists, brands and venues. DeJoria Center is also home to State Road Tavern Restaurant & Bar. The restaurant offers exceptional dining, tasteful and diverse menu choices, and a bar that offers more than 20 beers and craft cocktails. For more information on DeJoria Center please visit,