Born and raised in Guam, Capacia and his family moved to the United States in 2001 so he and his brothers could experience better education and career opportunities. Even as a child, his family suspected he would get involved in the culinary arts later in life. Capacia recounts that before big family gatherings, he would be the one inside the kitchen helping his mom prepare food for the parties while his brothers played outside. While attending high school, first in Guam and his final two years in Murrieta, he worked in a variety of restaurants including sushi, a mom and pop Chinese restaurant and for corporate chain eateries.
When it came time to enroll in college, he veered away from the kitchen, opting to gain new experiences. He completed three semesters of nursing school until he decided his true passion stemmed back to when he was a boy with mother in the kitchen. He applied for a job at Pechanga Resort & Casino in 2004 and to get his foot in the door, took a job as a food busser in the employee cafeteria. A year later, he enrolled in the San Diego Culinary Art Institute, while continuing to work full time at the resort, more than an hour away. His hard work and dedication shined and he was quickly promoted several times within Pechanga's food and beverage department, first to Paisano's Italian, later to the AAA Four Diamond Great Oak Steakhouse as a line cook, and then to sous chef position at the award-winning steakhouse. He was promoted to the head chef position at Kelsey's Bar & Grill in August 2014 and is excited to further refine and enhance his menu by adding fresher ingredients and more playful presentations.
When not in the kitchen, Capacia says he spends time with his three year old daughter, enjoys going to the beach and watching sports.
Kelsey's Bar & Grill is located inside Pechanga Resort & Casino, the largest resort/casino in California, adjacent to the motorcoach entrance on the northwest side of the building and is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:00a.m. to 11:00p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:00a.m. to 12:00a.m. For more information, visit www.Pechanga.com or call (877) 711-2946.
About Pechanga Resort & Casino
Pechanga Resort & Casino offers one of the largest and most expansive resort/casino experiences anywhere in the United States. Rated a Four Diamond property by AAA since 2002, Pechanga Resort & Casino provides an unparalleled getaway, whether for the day or for an extended luxury stay. Offering more than 3,000 of the hottest slots, table games, world-class entertainment, 517 hotel rooms, dining, spa and golf at Journey at Pechanga, Pechanga Resort & Casino features a destination that meets and exceeds the needs of its guests and the community. Pechanga Resort & Casino is owned and operated by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. For more information, call toll free (877) 711-2946 or visit www.Pechanga.com. Follow Pechanga Resort & Casino on Facebook and on Twitter @PechangaCasino.
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