Montage Laguna Beach Appoints Casey Overton as Chef de Cuisine For The Loft


Montage Laguna Beach has named Casey Overton as Chef de Cuisine for The Loft, the oceanfront resort’s bistro-style restaurant that offers inventive seasonal dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.”We’re delighted to promote Casey to Chef de Cuisine of The Loft restaurant,” said Todd Orlich, General Manager, Montage Laguna Beach. “He has demonstrated superior skills and culinary aptitude since joining us in 2005, and we know that The Loft will flourish under his direction.”

As Chef de Cuisine, Overton will lead an award winning team of chefs, sommeliers, servers and fromagiers who strive to actively involve guests in their dining experiences – from highlighting artisanal ingredients on the creative American menu to pouring hard-to-find boutique wines and serving rare cheeses with the perfect accompaniments from the interactive cheese gallery.

Chef Overton joined Montage Laguna Beach in 2005 as a cook at Studio, the resort’s signature restaurant celebrated for modern French cuisine with California influences. Due to his passion and dedication Overton was promoted to sous chef in 2007, working with former Executive Chef James Boyce and most recently with Executive Chef Craig Strong. Prior to joining Montage, Chef Overton completed his apprenticeship at Aubergine in Newport Beach, Calif.

“I am passionate about providing guests with dishes that showcase wonderful ingredients prepared simply. I like to focus on three to four ingredients in a dish and prepare them perfectly,” said Overton. “I was drawn to become a chef from an early age. My mother raised my brother and I on her own and worked long hours as a lawyer. I was always in the kitchen preparing meals for my family and loved creating dishes and seeing their reactions. I’m thrilled that my love for food led me to Montage Laguna Beach, where I’m inspired every day by great colleagues, wonderful ingredients and the best produce.”

Posted on 5/14/10.