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The Historic Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort Executive Pastry Chef Competes on Food Network

Hacienda Del Sol’s Executive Pastry Chef, Shelli Soto, will appear on Food Network’s Halloween Cake-Off this October 7th. Chef Shelli and a group of talented pastry chefs will compete to win the approval of Food Network judges, Waylynn Lucas and Duff Goldman. Featuring two rounds of competition, contestants must create two spooky, Halloween-themed creations that transform before the judge’s eyes.

Chef Shelli has always loved baking. Ever since she was old enough to help in the kitchen she’s been refining her skills. “I am inspired by people’s reactions to what I create,” Chef Shelli said, “I want them to taste something amazing and also see a work of art in front of them.” When it comes to creating desserts that look like a work of art, Chef Shelli has perfected her craft. Food Network stumbled upon Chef Shelli’s beautiful work on Instagram and Pictame and knew they found someone special to compete on Halloween Cake-Off.

Filming both in Tucson at Hacienda Del Sol and in studio in California proved to be a challenging and fun experience for Chef Shelli. “My favorite part of the show was competing in round one. We had so much fun!” Chef Shelli said, referring to her and her partner on the show, Chef Daniel. When asked if she would like to participate in other Food Network shows, Chef Shelli said she would love to. Tune in Monday, October 7th (10pm / 9pm central) on Food Network to see Chef Shelli’s creative Halloween masterpieces on Season 1, Episode 4.

Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort features two restaurants. The Grill, an award-winning, fine dining restaurant with incredible mountain views boasts a wine list with over 700 labels and an ever-changing dessert menu crafted by Chef Shelli herself. The casual live music and dining setting, Terraza Garden Patio & Lounge, offers happy hour, lunch and dinner. A stunning destination for brides and grooms across the globe, Hacienda Del Sol brides, grooms and wedding guests enjoy wedding cakes created by Chef Shelli almost every weekend. Stop by and sample one of Chef Shelli’s delicious desserts for yourself.

About Hacienda Del Sol: Hacienda Del Sol is a qualified member of Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation® which recognizes and celebrates our country’s finest Historic Hotels. It is also a member of the Preferred Hotels and Resorts Lifestyle Collection, which represents premier global properties that offer engaging stays and memorable moments. All guests of The Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort are eligible to enroll in the iPrefer guest loyalty program, which extends points redeemable for cash-value Reward Certificates, elite status, and special benefits such as complimentary Internet to members upon every stay at more than 550 participating Preferred Hotels & Resorts locations worldwide.

This historic property has been honored with numerous awards and features from National Geographic, Zagat Survey, Sunset Magazine, American Historic Inns, Travel & Leisure Magazine and several top local awards including “Best Place for Out-of-Town Visitors” and “Top Five Restaurants,” to name a few. Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort is committed to providing guests with an authentic southwestern experience in the beautiful foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains of Tucson. Travelers from around the world choose the Hacienda Del Sol because of its rich history, unique ambiance, lovely botanical gardens, natural landscape and central location. The friendliness of the staff and their genuine desire to engage and please each guest is the reason so many return. For more than 20 years, the owners of the Hacienda have worked tirelessly to restore the 90-year-old property to its original splendor and have succeeded in creating a guest ranch resort that is warm, charming and luxurious.

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