A native of the Southeast, Fortune draws inspiration from his Southern upbringing, world travels and outstanding educational background to create extraordinary cuisine. An honors graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Atlanta, Georgia, he began his career at the five-diamond, five-star Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta before heading west to hone his skills at another five-diamond, five-star resort, The Grand Del Mar in San Diego. As a member of The Grand Del Mar’s opening culinary team, Fortune worked alongside two-Michelin Star-awarded Chef Jason McLeod perfecting his craft in the resort’s dining outlets and banquets. In 2010, Fortune opened his own tapas restaurant in La Jolla, Calif. called Aquamoree. The restaurant offered upscale Southern cuisine prepared as small plates and was quickly named a top American restaurant by San Diego opentable.com. With the arrival of his first child in 2013, Fortune moved away from restaurant ownership and had been serving as a culinary consultant on a local project before joining the team at L’Auberge Del Mar in February 2014.