Van Winden brings 20 years of experience to the job, including working in Michelin star restaurants and aboard some of the world's finest cruise lines, according to a press release.
Van Winden, who trained under European master chefs, has a philosophy of seasonality and locally sourced foods.
"I look forward to working with Arizona farms to seek out the finest in regional and local produce and having the opportunity to infuse the menu with my own style, while maintaining the level of excellence people have come to expect from Lodge on the Desert," van Winden said in a written statement.
Van Winden will get his first time to shine when the Lodge on the Desert, 306 N. Alvernon Way, hosts a Christmas brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m Christmas day. The Lodge will put on a Christmas Eve dinner from 4 to 11 p.m. Dec. 31. For reservations and details, click here or call 320-2014.
Van Winden replaces Ryan Clark, the three-time Tucson Iron Chef, left the Lodge in mid-November to open his own restaurant. He is chef and co-owner of Agustin Kitchen at the Mercado San Agustin.