Chef Shuffle


Who is that Chef and where are they now? If you want to add your favorite just comment below and we’ll add your faves to our Chef Shuffle. Orange County and Long Beach Restaurant Chefs on the move.

Brought on board as Descanso’s Sous Chef when the restaurant opened in November 2018, Chef Fonzy de Zuniga was elevated to Executive Chef in fall of 2020. Chef Fonzy began his culinary career as a high school student shucking oysters and cleaning fish at the San Pedro Docks. 11/20/20

Chef Elvis Morales has been appointed Executive Chef of CdM Restaurant. Chef Morales has been with RJRG for over five years and assisted in the opening of CdM Restaurant in March 2019. 10/9/20

Europa Village has announced the appointments of Hany Ali as Executive Chef and Luis Sandoval as Executive Chef de Cuisine of the multi-winery resort’s culinary operations—including the new Bolero Restaurante—where they will oversee menu development, catering and more. 9/24/20

Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City has appointed Chef Julián
González Cruz, an up and coming chef in the making, Executive Chef for all of its food and beverage enterprises. Chef González comes from the sister property Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage, where he was Chef de Cuisine at the exclusive Forbes’ Four-Star and Wine Spectator Award winner, The Steakhouse. 9/18/20

Chef Mechelle Britland is the first female Executive Chef for TAPS Brewery + Kitchen’s growing and expanding company, adding to a uniquely diverse management team. Chef Britland started her career with TAPS Fish House & Brewery and The Catch 6 years ago and has grown into a phenomenal leader and culinary talent. 8/28/20

Chef Chris Sanchez, who most recently served as Bourbon Steak Orange County’s Executive Sous Chef, has been promoted to Executive Chef at Michael Mina’s Award-winning Bourbon Steak Orange County. Chef Chris opened Bourbon Steak Orange County in 2018 and helped lead the restaurant to incredible success during its first two years. 8/25/20

Chef Robert Gomez is the Executive Chef of A Restaurant! He has been a part of the A family since opening day in 2008 and has been instrumental in creating the dishes that you know and love. Beginning as a Broil Cook, he worked his way up the line to Sous Chef, Chef de Cuisine, and now to esteemed Executive Chef. 8/25/20

Market Tavern, a new British gastropub and collaboration between Chef Brendan Collins (Fia) and Gary Twinn (Bar 326) officially opens to the public Monday, August 10 at The Original Farmers Market on Third & Fairfax. 8/11/20

From Chef Joe Youkhan comes Smörgåsburger, an approachable burger joint with a craveable and eclectic menu. 8/4/20

River Jetty Restaurant Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Alfonso Ramirez as Corporate Executive Chef of A Restaurant and CdM Restaurant. 6/26/20

Chef Jonathan Blackford is partnering with long time friends to pursue his dream of running his own restaurant. As of the end of May, he is no longer affiliated with A Restaurant and CdM Restaurant. 6/23/20

Chef Jason Montelibano has handed over the reigns of the Chapter One: the modern local‘s kitchen to Chef Tony Castaneda. Rumor has it that Chef Jason has joined Chef David Man at Big Canyon Country Club. 4/6/20

Chef Adam Schmalz, formerly of The Fourth Horseman in Long Beach, will be at the helm in the Matter of Craft kitchen bringing you his award-winning pizzas. 3/13/20

Previously the Chef de Cuisine at Hotel IrvineChef Jeff Moore has moved on to become Executive Chef at Snowpine Lodge in Alta, Utah. 3/11/20

Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano, Autograph Collection is pleased to announce the appointment Executive Chef Aaron Obregon to lead the culinary team. Chef was most recently the leader of ALBACA at Coronado Island Marriott & Spa. 2/21/20

Chef Imran Mookhi, who previously worked at Orange County restaurant, Tamarind of London is back in the OC and is opening his own spot, Khan Saab in Fullerton. 1/28/20

The Abbey in Seal Beach recently welcomed Chef Bryant Taylor as their new Executive Chef. Chef Taylor previously helmed the kitchen at Chiannina. Where’s Chef Badilla? 1/23/20

Chef David Man has stepped down as the Executive Chef of The Fashion Island Hotel and has taken over the kitchen at Big Canyon Country Club. 12/1/19

Executive Chef Zach Geerson of Journeyman’s Food + Drink is starting a new adventure in Florida mid 2020. 11/19/19

Formerly chef de cuisine at Pickled Monk, Executive Chef Mark Piepkorn now helms the Bronze Quail Restaurant & Barformerly known as Journeyman’s. 11/19/19

Chef Abel Vargas departed Mesa and is now the Executive Chef at Nova Kitchen & Bar. 7/15/19

Chef Agustin Bruno now heads culinary operations at the newest Little Onion as well as the Santa Ana location – bringing nine years of industry experience including his previous two years as sous chef at Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen in Brea, California. 11/19/19

Chef/Restaurateur Tony Fasulo, who has more than 35 years’ experience in the restaurant industry, including 20 years with Morton’s The Steakhouse, is now the head chef of Old Brea Chop House. 11/12/19

Pechanga Resort Casino announces Bobby Cheng as its new Head Chef of Blazing Noodles where he was formerly the FOH manager. 11/5/19

John Washko, a 32-year luxury hospitality leader, has been named Food and Beverage Director for Southern California’s traveler destination Fashion Island Hotel. 10/23/19

Formerly the Chef at Harlow’s, Aaron Anderson is now the GM of Oak Grill and Aqua Lounge 10/23/19

Fill Partner James Mullis helped to get the bar up and running in the beginning and passed the torch to Bar Manager Don Smith who is now the Bar Manager and Lead Mixologist at Toast.

Chef de Cuisine Allan Aguinaga recently joined the Hendrix team. Having served as Chef de Cuisine at Juliette Kitchen+Bar and Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens, Chef Aguinaga brings a love of utilizing farm-fresh ingredients into the dishes he helps to create. 9/18/19

Chef Chris Mahler has taken the helm at Oak in Laguna Beach to replace Chef Chris Tzorin who’s moved on to open his own venture, Xclusive with Chef Partner Manny Velasco.

The brand new AC Hotel Los Angeles South Bay in El Segundo welcomes Dustin Taylor to its team as Executive Chef to spearhead its cutting-edge new F&B programming. Taylor will play a key role in opening the hotel’s rooftop restaurant and bar, Flora– due out in September. 8/14/19

Brady Sherard resigned from his position as Director of Operations of TAPS Fish House & Brewery, The Catch and TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room and has accepted the director of operations position with Mendocino Farms. 6/7/19

Chef Chris Snyder has left TAPS Fish House & Brewery, The Catch and TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room after 20 years. 6/11/19

Chef Paul Gstrein (formerly of Bayside since 1999) has partnered up with longtime friend, Matthew Timmes (formerly a partner at Vintage Steakhouse) to open their own restaurant; The Drake. 5/3/19

Chef Greg Daniels, owner of Harley in Laguna Beach has now moved back into his kitchen as Executive Chef. Previous Chef de Cuisine, Landon Pulizzi is now at Mesa Verde Country Club 04/30/19

Following the abrupt departure of Chef Joshua Severson from the Selanne kitchen, Chef Vincent Terusa (formerly the Sous Chef) has taken over as top chef. 4/8/19

Mesa Bar and Restaurant has acquired a new executive chef! Chef Abad Martinez brings creative new techniques cooking with unfamiliar food and studying uncommon flavor combinations to the OC foodie scene. 4/3/19

As Executive Pastry Chef, Chef Erik Aronow moved to San Diego in Fall 2018 to lead Puesto’s pastry program. He will continue to design and execute desserts for different Puesto locations. 1/14/19

Chef Rachel Haggstrom has departed the Balboa Bay Resort where she held the position of Executive Chef for three years and Chef de Cuisine for two previous to that. She’s on hiatus and considering her options going forward. 12/4/18

Promoted to a global Role as Corporate Executive Chef for JC Resorts, Ron Fougeray was Chef de Cuisine at Surf & Sand Hotel in Laguna Beach. 11/19/18

Chef Tia Baker has vacated Federal Bar and is now heading up chef-driven events for Square One Pizza in Irvine. 10/31/18

Chef Igor Krichmar is promoted from Executive Sous Chef to Executive Chef at InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. 10/24/18

Pechanga Resort promotes Roberto Acosta to Executive Chef at Paisano’s and Jordan Garcia will lead as Executive Chef at Kelsey’s. 8/20/18

Pacific Hideaway in Huntington Beach has announced the new hire of Wyatt Lash as Executive Chef for the location. 8/2/18

Patina Restaurant Group’s Tangata at Bower’s Museum welcomes Chef Brian Kiepler onto the team as the new executive chef. 7/18/18

After becoming the new chef of Mesa in Costa Mesa, Chef Abel Vargas has released a new tapas menu. 7/10/18

Dean Isom, previously at Pie Dog in Fullerton, is now head chef of Shuck Oyster Bar at SOCO in Costa Mesa. 6/18/18

Parallel Pizza, run under the collaboration between Chef Ryan Adams and Chef James Nunn, has opened. 5/25/18

Tyler Nix has accepted a position as Executive Sous Chef of Sapphire Laguna Beach. 5/22/18

The Executive Chef of soon-to-open Playa Mesa in Costa Mesa will be Rolando Rubalcava, who was previously sous chef at Taco Maria. 5/20/18

Salt Creek Grille has appointed David Fune as Corporate Executive Chef of culinary programs in California and New Jersey. 5/15/18

Chef Jay Scollon comes to Laguna Beach to be the new Executive Chef of Las Brisas. 5/11/18

Award-winning Chef Imran Mookhi is the Executive Chef of the new restaurant TŪMBI in Santa Monica. 5/10/18

Chef Perry Pollaci is the Executive Chef of the brand-new Castaway restaurant in Burbank. 5/3/18

After six years at The Cannery in Newport Beach, Nick Weber transitions to Executive Chef at 24 Carrots Catering. 5/1/18

The latest Executive Chef of Montage Laguna Beach is now Jeffery Walter, who was previously at AAA Five Diamond Bellagio. 4/24/18

Chef Craig Brady becomes the new Executive Chef at Haven Gastropub in Old Towne Orange. 4/19/18

Formerly of Cut in Las Vegas, James Republic brings on Chef Peter Cox as their new chef. 4/10/18

The Federal Bar in Long Beach announces Chef Tia Baker as new Executive Chef. 3/12/18

Lawry’s Restaurants announces Alejandra Padilla as Executive Chef of Five Crowns and SideDoor in Corona del Mar. 3/6/18

Longtime local favorite Chef John McLaughlin joins the Delius team as their Chef de Cuisine. 2/17/18

Monarch Beach Resort announces Bryan Brown to be Executive Chef of MINA Group’s BOURBON STEAK. 2/13/18

Lido Bottle Works announces the promotion of  Chef Amy Lebrun to the position of executive chef. 2/6/18

Chef Andre Pinto is promoted to head chef of Pechanga Resort’s Great Oak Steakhouse. 1/31/18

Executive Chef Richard Mendoza takes up a new position at The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. 1/26/17

With 25 years of experience, Chef Michael Henry is named the new head of Kelsey’s at Pechanga Resort. 1/24/18

Chef Maiki Le becomes Executive Chef of Upstairs 2 in Los Angeles. 1/12/18

Executive Chef Joseph Mills leads the culinary team at the just-opened Prime Steakhouse & Bar, located in the new Sheraton Los Angeles, San Gabriel. 1/9/18

Executive Chefs Luisteen Gonzalez and Katy Smith, alongside Pastry Chef Jessica Scott, have contributed to opening another Puesto Kitchen & Bar in Irvine’s Park Place. 1/4/18

Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club Announces New Executive Chef Tom Capretz. 12/12/17

Hawaiian native Leanne Kamekona brings her 20 years of experience to Agua Caliente Resort, Casino, and Spa. 11/22/17

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort announces Chef Daniel Jimenez as Executive Chef of Back Bay Bistro in Newport Beach, replacing Chef Bruno Massuger. 11/20/17

Zachary Scherer is opening the kitchen at The Country Club in Costa Mesa, Dec., 2017. Previously, he helmed the kitchen at Provisions. 11/1/17

Chef Roman Jimenez has rejoined the TAPS team and is the driving culinary force behind the TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room food truck that is opening in January, 2018 10/27/17

Anthony Wang has taken over from Roman Jimenez at Macallans in Brea 10/27/17

AVEO Table + Bar at the Monarch Beach Resort welcomes not only Executive Chef Collin Thornton but also Chef de Cuisine Donald Lockhart. 10/17/17

Executive Chef Anthony Endy returns home to the Santa Ynez Valley to head the Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort kitchen. 10/12/17

Restaurateur Allan Tea opens modern quick-casual Paper Lantern Dumpling House with dumpling Chef Ken Cao (formerly of Din Tai Fung) at Diamond Jamboree in Irvine. 9/25/17

The h.wood Group is proud to announce they have acquired Chef Maynard Llera
(formerly at Bestia, Grace and BLD), as The h.wood Group’s Culinary Director. 9/19/17

Chef Seungmin (Min) Choi leads the culinary team at Poke Me Irvine. 9/6/17

Chef Jose Mendoza returns to Pechanga Resort and Casino to lead the culinary team at the newly added Lobby Bar. Returning Chef Krystle Schenk has been named Garde Manager Chef. 8/31/17

Chef Bert Agor, Jr departed his position of Executive Chef at Tustin Ranch Golf Club to accept a new position as National Corporate Executive Chef at King’s Hawaiian in August 2017. He’ll be representing in both the Grocery and Foodservice segments. 8/30/17

Chef Jeremy Cantwell has been appointed to Executive Chef at House of Blues Anaheim. 8/3/17

Chef Manny Gonzalez has departed TAPS Fish House & Brewery after 10 years and has taken over the kitchen at Waterman’s in Dana Point. 7/10/17

Chef Steve Kling has moved over to sister restaurant, Stillwater in Dana Point. 7/5/17

Chef Daniel Dufort is departing Asuza Pacific University and will soon be heading the team at Pepperdine – Sodexo. 6/26/17

Chef Collin Smelser, who possesses a rich background in the culinary world, will be overseeing the day-to-day operations of Costero California Bar + Bistro, in addition to developing and planning new recipes and menus. 6/20/17

Executive Chef Porfirio Gomez leads the culinary team at Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails. 6/16/17

Carnevino Italian Steakhouse at The Palazzo promotes two chefs: Chef Arnold Corpuz and Pastry Chef Ashley Costa. 5/3/17

Chef Steve Kling departed Five Crowns and headed over to Waterman’s, opening the door for Chef Endy. 4/17/17

Chef Anthony Endy heads Five Crowns and SideDoor as Executive Chef. Chef Endy comes to Five Crowns and SideDoor from Paul Martin’s American Grill, where he served as Chef Partner and most recently as Director of Culinary Operations since 2012. Prior to joining Paul Martin’s, Endy was Sous Chef for the acclaimed chef Julie Robles, and spent most of his early career at the Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Café in Santa Barbara as both Executive Chef and General Manager. 4/17/17

Chef Steve Kling has departed Five Crowns and taken the helm at Waterman’s in Dana Point. 4/17/17

Chef Michael Doctulero has departed Waterman’s and is dedicating his time to his catering business for the time being. 4/17/17

Chef Perry Pollaci joins Firefly as Executive Chef 04/8/17

Chef Abel Vargas of Grub Thick Group runs West Coast Fish in Costa Mesa. 3/2/17

After a 3 year hiatus (some of which was spent at Nordstrom’s Miraposa), Chef Javier Montoya has re-joined Bistango. 2/15/17

Chef Chris Tzorin has left Tu Tu Tango and joined his Chef (Best Bud) Manny Velasco at Sol Agave in San Juan Capistrano. 2/14/17

Chef Adam Bordonaro takes on the role of Corporate Chef at Fig & Olive in Newport Beach. 2/13/17

Chef Alex McGroarty, formerly of Salt’s Cure in West Hollywood, leads the team and designed the menu at 4th and Olive in Long Beach. 1/16/17

Chef Cody Storts has taken the helm at Salt & Ash in Placentia. 1/12/17

Chef Brian Black leads the team at Tangata in Santa Ana.

Executive Chef Aaron Robbins leads the newly opened Sea Level Restaurant & Lounge in Redondo Beach’s Shade Hotel, featuring California Coastal cuisine with a twist. In collaboration with Chef Robbins, Pastry Chef and Food Network’s Cupcake Wars winner, Stephanie Franz have created an exclusive dessert menu. 11/28/2016

Chef Marc Johnson has been promoted to Head Chef at Pelican Grill, Pelican Hill Golf Club’s signature restaurant. 11/20/2016

After four years of helping to define the exceptional culinary experience guests of SeaLegs Wine Bar have come to expect, Executive Chef Alexander Dale has stepped down from his role at Prjkt Restaurant Group to pursue his next adventure in Hawaii. Chef Joel Gutierrez now will serve as the Executive Chef at SeaLegs Wine Bar. He previously held the sous chef role at both SeaLegs Wine Bar and SeaSalt Woodfire Grill and trained under Chef Alex. Chef Tim, who joined Prjkt Restaurant Group to launch SeaSalt Woodfire Grill, is advancing to lead as its Executive Chef. 11/16/2016

The Churchill appoints Chef Stephen Trujillo as new Executive Chef. 11/16/16

Chef Justin Miller has departed Pizzeria Ortica to follow his passion and open Gunwhale Ales in Costa Mesa 11/10/16

Executive Chef and COO Tin Vuong just opened his most most ambitious concept to date in Huntington Beach’s Pacific City: a restaurant within a restaurant. Located within the mother restaurant, Bluegold, which boasts California Coastal cuisine, LSXO is inspired by Saigon’s District 1, and features an afternoon tea menu in addition to small plates. 11/09/2016

Executive Chef Brian Redzikowski accompanied by Chef Joel Rubuchon lead menu designs at Good Time Poke and The Grass Skirt in San Diego, taking over the space previously occupied by Good Time Charlie’s in San Diego’s Pacific Beach community. 11/09/2016

Chef Cody Storts has taken over the helm at Tempo Urban Kitchen after departing Grits. 10/26/16

Chef Jay Bogsinske has departed Saint Marc to return to his home state of Arizona. Chef Winnona Herr is Chef de Cuisine.

Chef Greg Stillman has taken over as Executive Chef of Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge. 10/24/16

Chef Ross Pangilinan will open his new restaurant, Mix Mix, soon. 10/24/16

At La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, Executive Chef Andrew Cooper leads a culinary team of over 100 culinary professionals, overseeing the resort’s seven dining destinations as well as the resort’s in-room and catering programs. 10/19/17

Chef Carlos Lool is the Chef de Cuisine at Fig & Olive in Newport Beach. 10/13/2016

Chef Raphael Lunetta is appointed consulting chef for the Veranda Restaurant at The Georgian Hotel. 10/11/16

Chef Ariel Mungi-Ciarrocca takes over as Chef de Cuisine at Fuego at the Hotel Maya in Long Beach. Most recently, Chef Mungi-Ciarrocca was Executive Chef at the Belmont Brewing Company in Long Beach for two years. He spent the previous three years in Brazil where he worked in Gastro Tourism, learning about the local food in Brazil. 10/10/16

Chef Kok Che (Chef Tim) has taken over as the head chef of Pechanga Resort & Casino’s authentic Chinese restaurant, Blazing Noodles. 10/3/16

Brunos Italian Kitchen recently appointed Chef Glen Tinsley as Chef de Cuisine and he’s added several new seasonal dishes to the menu known for its soul-satisfying fare. 9/22/16

Kurt Rainey has departed Tempo Urban Kitchen and taken over the kitchen at Cafe Tu Tu Tango. 9/20/16

Chef Jonah Amodt leads the kitchen at Andrea Ristorante at The Resort on Pelican Hill. 9/16/16

Chef Oscar Fonseca heads the culinary team at Coliseum Pool & Grill at The Resort on Pelican Hill. 9/16/16

The Resort at Pelican Hill has recently appointed two new head restaurant chefs and promoted former Andrea Chef Marco Criscuolo to Executive Sous Chef for the Resort. 9/16/16

Chef Jason Montelibano (Chicken Wang) departed EATS at Hotel Irvine and has returned to Chapter One the Modern Local. 9/9/16

Hey 19 Public House, Demi Steven’s South Bay hotspot, welcomes new Executive Chef Andy Lee (formerly of Rascal and Café Del Rey) to the team. 7/26/16

Berlin Bistro appoints Chef Tim Balen as new Executive Chef. 7/19/16

Chef Coleman has moved on and Chef Eric has taken on his responsibilities at Michael’s Restaurant Group in Long Beach. 06/28/16

Chef Jeffrey Boullt heads back to Playground as sous chef. 06/20/16

Chef Ashley Guzman has reconnected with Irenia and leads the culinary team. 05/20/16

Eric Samiengo has taken over the Chef de Cuisine position at Michael’s on Naples. Can’t wait to try his creations with Chef Coleman. 05/15/16

After honing his skills under the tutelage of iconic food celebs Wolfgang Puck and Emeril Lagasse for the past 9 years, Chef Timothy Doolittle has been appointed Executive Chef at Bistango. 4/29/16

Chef Charles Cho, formerly at OPM in Huntington Beach, joins Chef/Proprietor Diego Leporini as the Executive Chef at The Guild in West Hollywood. 04/06/2016

Fig & Olive appoints Chef Wilfrid Hocquet as the bran’s new Executive Chef. 03/25/16

Chef Chris Tzorin is now at Tempo Urban Kitchen. 3/17/16

Michael Beck, a highly-experienced chef who hails from prestigious award-winning resorts in California, Colorado and Hawaii, has been announced as the new executive chef of Hotel Irvine! 03/08/2016

Pechanga Resort & Casino is very happy to welcome Chef Bruno Amato as the head chef of Paisano’s restaurant! 02/18/2016

The Big 4 Restaurant at The Scarlet Huntington has appointed Miguel A. Garcia, Jr. as the new Executive Chef. 02/16/16

Town & Country Resort‘s new culinary team includes Executive Sous Chef Mark Pawlowski, Pastry Chef Jack Fisher and Chef de Cuisine Matt Hobbs. 1/27/16

Cavatina Restaurant Appoints Chef Jonathan Kim as Executive Chef. 1/11/16

Chef Adrian Diday is now Executive Chef at The Stanley Hotel, 12/8/15

Chef Christopher Brodeur is now Executive Chef at Patina Restaurant Group. 12/8/15

Surf & Sand Resort, Laguna Beach’s premier oceanfront destination, welcomes Ron Fougeray as Executive Chef. Chef Ron oversees the culinary operations at the resort including the signature seaside restaurant, Splashes.  Chef Ron replaced Chef David Fune who moved over to the Balboa Bay Resort as the Membership Dining Room Chef. 09/14/15

Chef Nathan Lingle is appointed as the new Executive Chef at L’Auberge Del Mar. Chef Laura Simpson-Eng joins as Executive Sous Chef; Brian Mayer named Resort Sommelier; Kurtis Hurt promoted to Assistant F&B Director. 9/9/15

Darn it. The OC lost another great chef. Aron Habiger has moved on from The North Left. He’s off to Los Angeles to take over the Chef de Cuisine position at Petit Trois. 09/07/15

Sally’s Seafood on the Water, the bay-front dining destination housed at Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, announces Chef Jay Payne as new Chef de Cuisine. 8/25/15

Executive Chef Kyle Markt aims to redefine the term “fast food” with a much healthier approach and a variety of gluten-free and vegan options at Brea’s upcoming Green Tomato Grill location. Everything in his kitchen is made-from-scratch, using locally-sourced produce and the meat is butchered in-house. Chef Kyle pulls inspiration from ethnic cuisines such as Mexican, Mediterranean, Asian and French cooking techniques. 08/11/15

Chapter One: the modern local appoints Chef Greg Moro as Executive Chef. 8/11/15

Chef Charles J. Cho is named the new Executive Chef at OPM Restaurant & Lounge. 8/10/15

Chef Frederic Castan appointed Executive Chef of Hilton Anaheim. The seasoned, French-born chef with more than 30 years of culinary experience joins the Hilton family in Southern California after serving as executive chef at St. Regis Resort Monarch Beach for nine years. His appointment begins immediately, according to Shaun Robinson, general manager, Hilton Anaheim. 08/07/15

Water Grill, the premier seafood destination of Southern California, owned by King’s Seafood Company, has named Chef Damon Gordon Culinary Director of all Water Grill locations. 8/4/15

Chef David Fune has been appointed as an Executive Chef of Balboa Bay Club, the legendary waterfront club. Both Chef Fune and Balboa Bay Club is excited for this change due to Chef Fune’s creativity and passion in producing an exciting experience. 07/21/15

Chef Eric Semaniego and the Little Sparrow have parted ways. Samaniego, whose wife is expecting their third child in a few weeks, says of the change, I’m looking forward to spending time with my family. Little Sparrow will always have a special place in my heart. Chef Melissa Ortiz will be stepping up to run the Little Sparrow kitchen temporarily. 07/09/15

Chef Vartan Abgaryan parts ways with Cliff’s Edge to start his new restaurant in partnership with Restaurateur Emil Eyvavoff called, 71Above. 7/1/15

Chef Zach Geerson has replaced Chef Derrick Foster as Executive Chef at Tempo Urban Kitchen. 6/8/15

Chef Rachel Haggstrom is now the Executive Chef at Balboa Bay Resort after serving as theur Chef Des Cuisines since October 2013. Their previous Executive Chef Vincent Lesage is moving to Bacara Resort is Santa Barbara. 06/04/15

The Hilton San Diego welcomes Chef Andrew Knudtson to the culinary team. 5/1/15

Wolfgang Puck and The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles are proud to announce the appointment of Executive Pastry Chef Megan Potthoff to the esteemed kitchen of WP24 Restaurant. 5/1/15


Chef Brian Sundeen has been named Executive Chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. 3/11/15

The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa announced the appointment of Russell Michel to the position of Executive Chef 02/20/15

Executive Chef Michael Poompan is departing the Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage for a new position at the Coronado Island Marriott. 01/20/15

Executive Chef Paul Lee takes over the helm at Patina. Uniting years of culinary talent with a fresh approach, Splichal and Lee also announce the restaurant’s transition to an exclusive three-, four-, five-, and eight-course tasting menu format, as well as a curated water menu. 01/22/15

Chef Grady Parker has been appointed as the new Executive Chef at Sunset Marquis Hotel & Villas. 1/18/15

Chef Jason Montelibano (Chicken Wang) departs Chapter One the Modern Local this weekend and will be starting at Hotel Irvine shortly. 10/31/14

Executive Chef Patrice Martineau has now joined the Citron restaurant team at Viceroy Palm Springs. 10/16/14

Terranea Resort names Chef Charles Olalia Chef de Cuisine of mar’sel. 10/2/14

Chef Karl Pfleider, had his position as Sous Chef elevated to Executive Chef upon the departure of Chef Joshua Han. 10/01/14

The iconic Hotel del Coronado has named Chef Meredith Manee as its new Chef de Cuisine of 1500 OCEAN. 9/17/14

Chef Manny Velasco has departed Savannah to run his own food truck. 09/15/14

Chef Louie Jocson, most recently partner/executive of Red Table in Huntington Beach, returns to Zov’s as director of culinary operations after a 25 year separation. 8/25/14

The historical InterContinental Genève appoints Italian Chef Gianluca Re Fraschini as Culinary Manager where he will lead the innovative, culinary excellence of the hotel. 8/24/14

Chef Michael Campbell, former Executive Sous Chef at San Francisco’s highly-acclaimed RN74, has joined Pueblo. He will combine novel techniques with deliciously familiar Spanish dishes, served in a warm and contemporary atmosphere. Campbell will take the helm, curating Pueblo’s menu with classic Spanish-style dishes using locally sourced meats and produce. Madrid-based Chef Mario Valles, formerly of 3-Michelin star restaurant Le Cinq, will serve as Menu Consultant. 08/13/2014

Chef Paul Shoemaker joins Firefly in Studio City. Shoemaker’s dynamic pedigree stems from the kitchens of Water Grill, along with Michelin-starred Bastide, French Laundry, Alain Ducasse, and Providence, all which shaped his current culinary philosophy. By honoring the longtime traditions of local farmers, ranchers, purveyors, and fishermen, the essence of California’s agriculture and resources are tasted throughout Firefly’s new menu. 08/12/2014

Juan Carlos Murillo is the Executive Chef at Del Friscoe’s Grille in the Irvine Spectrum. He has worked his way up through the ranks becoming head chef at several well-known restaurants, including Gulfstream, Bandera and Nick’s in Laguna Beach. In 2005, he made the pilgrimage to Memphis, Tennessee, accepting a position as executive chef in one of the city’s landmark restaurants. 08/08/2014

Chef John Cuevas is now at Waterman’s in Dana Point. Growing up in the restaurant business, Chef John Cuevas has been creating dishes – which have received rave reviews from critics, patrons and foodies alike – for most of his life. Cuevas brings experience from Forbes 5 Star kitchens and has been nominated by the James Beard Association for Best Chef – Pacific. Cuevas is passionate about providing locally-sourced, high-quality ingredients to the community in an approachable and flavorful way. 08/08/2014

Jason Mazur, formerly executive chef of French 75 in Irvine and Mariposa at Neiman-Marcus, is the new executive chef of the Bluewater Grill and Bluewater Avalon family of restaurants. Chef Mazur continues the culinary legacy begun by Bluewater founding executive chef Brian Hirsty, who passed away earlier this year. 08/1/2014

Taco Asylum, specializing in adventurous, gourmet tacos and craft beer, today announced the appointment of Executive Chef Carlos Anthony, an exciting young chef who has earned his culinary credentials at acclaimed San Diego restaurant Searsucker and the Michelin-starred Redd’s in Napa Valley. 07/22/2014

Chef Roy Henderson is now the Executive Chef at Noble House Hotels & Resorts at Kona Kai Resorts in San Diego. 07/22/2014

Veteran Chef Bruno Massuger, a French native who has served as director of culinary operations for a number of exclusive private clubs, has been appointed executive chef of the Back Bay Bistro at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. In addition to overseeing the 199-seat restaurant, he will be responsible for the Dunes’ bustling catering division, which serves a diverse array of clients from massive events for Fortune 500 companies to wedding receptions. 07/14/2014

Brent Omeste is the new chef at Cucina enoteca in Newport Beach. 07/09/2014
The creators of Addison at The Grand Del Mar are set to open a new French bistro concept this week at the former site of Amaya La Jolla. Bijou French Bistro opened Friday, June 27, with Addison’s Executive Chef William Bradley serving as culinary director and Addison’s former sous chef Shaun Gethin helming Bijou’s kitchen as chef de cuisine. 06/30/2014

Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar, located at the Avenue of the Arts Wyndham Hotel, is pleased to announce the appointment of its new executive head chef, Eddie Garcia. Garcia will manage and oversee daily kitchen operations and Silver Trumpet catered events. He will also lead in evolving the restaurant’s menu to complement and revitalize the venue’s overall theme and brand. 06/30/2014

Riviera Palm Springs announced the recent hire of executive Chef John Roberts. With over 20 years of experience, Roberts is a seasoned food and beverage executive who is excited to oversee all culinary operations of the California resort, including Circa 59 Restaurant, in-room dining, the hotel’s several indoor and outdoor bar and lounges, as well as banquets and group events. 06/24/2014

Owners Cary Hardwick and Laurie Sisneros are excited to welcome highly lauded Chef Scott Howard to the Spaghettini family. Chef Howard is introducing new, ingredient-focused menu items in Seal Beach and overseeing the restaurant’s new “pasta lab.” 06/18/2014

The Old American Golf Club – designed by Tripp Davis and PGA TOUR star Justin Leonard – announcing Nick Baker as the new executive chef for its Old American Grill in The Carriage House clubhouse. 06/17/2014

Grant Grill announces Chef Sam Burman as new Chef de Cuisine. Burman brings more than 14 years of culinary and hospitality experience to one of San Diego’s premier dining destinations, known for its California cuisine, craft mixology and iconic setting. In his role, Burman will be responsible for the restaurant’s operations and creating seasonal menus to feature local produce, seafood & meats. 06/09/2014

Acclaimed Chef Rainer Schwarz Focuses on California Coastal Cuisine and Craft Cocktails in Latest Restaurant Concept: Driftwood Kitchen. 06/09/2014

The Umstead Hotel and Spa has named Steven Devereaux Greene executive chef of the hotel and its signature restaurant, Herons. In his new role he is responsible for all of the hotel’s food and beverage operations including Herons, The Bar & Lounge and Catering. 06/19/2014

Chris Tzorin left Savannah Chop House and is now at Tortilla Republic in Laguna Beach.

Manny Velasco was promoted to Executive Chef at Savannah. Manny is also Executive Chef of Amorelia. 06/05/2014

Executive Chef Marc Johnson (Mastro’s Ocean Club, Cotton Row) oversees the culinary programs for both Oak Grill and Aqua Lounge in Newport Beach, with each offering a contemporary California menu featuring his imaginative takes on the bounty and diversity found throughout the region. 06/04/2014

Cameron Woods is now the Executive Chef at The Ranch at Laguna Beach. He oversees the resort’s two restaurants, as well as the banquet and catering program. 05/20/2014

Art Gonzalez is now Executive Chef/Partner at Panxa, Long Beach.

The Umstead Hotel and Spa is pleased to welcome Evan Sheridan as pastry chef of the Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond hotel and its signature restaurant, Herons. 05/21/2014

Venga Venga Cantina & Tequila Bar announces new Chef de Cuisine Paulo Mendoza. 05/14/14

Chef Brandon Fortune is at L’Auberge Del Mar, by Destination Hotels & Resorts. 05/13/14

Chef Ted Hill moved from Irvine and is currently the Executive Sous Chef at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa in Lost Pines, Texas. 04/25/14

Renowned Pastry Chef Lincoln Carson lands at Lincoln Boulevard’s Superba Food & Bread. 04/09/14

Chef James Chavez is now the Executive Chef at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Santa Ana. 04/02/14

Chef Christophe Jardillier is the new French Chef at The Globe – Belgian GastroPub in Garden Grove. 04/01/14

Red Owl Tavern’s new Executive Chef Jorge Chicas (from The Bazaar, Beverly Hills) released his first all-new menus for the Historic District’s only contemporary full-service restaurant on Independence Mall in Philadelphia. 03/13/14

Chef Scott Brandon is at Fireside Tavern in Costa Mesa which opens on March 13. 03/10/14

The five-star deluxe Inbal Jerusalem Hotel has named Andreas Marinkovits its new executive chef, where he will oversee four restaurants, seven kitchens and 35 chefs. Marinkovits, trained in Europe and having worked at many notable hotels and restaurants spanning more than three decades, specializes in classical French cooking techniques with a fusion of Asian-Mediterranean food preparation methods. 03/10/14

Please welcome Chef Matthew Perez who is a natural fit for the local farm-friendly dining concept at Watertable, having most recently served as Program Director at The Positive Plate, where he led Southern California based food and sustainability experts in initiatives to positively impact local communities. 03/06/14 Gone soon after. Chef Walter Rowin is back at Slidebar this week. 03/05/14

Chef Ryan Carson is coming back to town at a Newport Beach American Style Restaurant. The move didn’t happen. Kevin Jerrold-Jones opens his new restaurant Swine and Barley in May 2014

Walter Rowin is now the Executive Chef at Hilton Checkers Los Angeles Hotel 02/26/2014

Bow and Truss welcomes Aaron Grissom as the new Executive Chef 02/11/14

Brandon Fortune is the new Executive Chef at Kitchen 1540 02/06/14

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern names Mitch Gillan new Executive Chef 02/03/14

Ways & Means Orange is extending a grand welcome to two new Chefs de CusineBenjamin Wallenbeck and Justin Odegard 01/29/14

Shades Restaurant & Bar gives a warm welcome to Executive Chef Ben LaFleche 01/28/14

Jason Travi and Jason Neroni join the Superba team as Executive Chef and Consultant 01/23/14

Chef Jorge Chicas is making the journey to Philadelphia to take the post of Executive Chef at the Red Owl Tavern 01/14/2014

Dinner Lab INC. L.A. welcomes Ryan Carson as the new Chef de Cuisine 12/31/13

Matthew Perez is now Executive Sous Chef of Restaurants at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach 12/31/13

Robert Biebrich is now Executive Sous Chef at Legends Hospitality at Angel Stadium 12/17/13

Peter Petro is back at Ten Asian Bistro 12/10/13

Shannon Olvera has only been on the job for a few weeks, but the new executive chef at the DoubleTree by Hilton Irvine Spectrum is already simmering with success 11/18/13

Executive Chef Chuck Abair is the new addition to the back of the house team at Cafe del Rey 11/12/13

Tustin Ranch Golf Club welcomes Executive Chef Bert S. Agor, JR 11/2013

The Californian & Hyatt Huntington Beach welcome a new look and its new Executive Chef, Chef Manfred Lassahn 10/17/13

James Chavez now back in town at Savoy at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Costa Mesa 10/10/13

Vincent Lesage named Executive Chef of Balboa Bay Resort 10/04/13
Innovative Dining Group is thrilled to welcome former “Iron Chef America” alum, Tyson Wong Ophaso as the new Executive Chef at Chi Lin on the Sunset Strip 09/17/2013

Elena Palma will continue the Lodge at Torrey Pine’s sweet tradition as the new Pastry Chef 09/09/2013

HopScotch appoints Pastry Chef Mai Phan to its Culinary Team 09/04/2013

Chad Blunston has made the move from the Fairmont Newport Beach to the Fairmont San Francisco as Executive Chef 08/29/2013

David Fune now Executive Chef at Surf & Sand Laguna Beach 08/15/2013

KELVIN at the W San Diego welcomes Simon Dolinky as the new Executive Chef 08/14/2013

Terranea Resort names as Bernard Ibarra Executive Chef. Chef Ibarra to oversee resort wide food and beverage operations 08/08/2013

Whisknladle adds Chris Powell to their culinary family as the new Executive Chef 08/01/2013

Executive Chef Jonathan Moulton and Mixologist Giovanni Martinez are are packing a powerful one-two punch at the newly re-vamped Sadie Kitchen & Lounge. 07/23/2013

Brent Omeste formerly of Charlie Palmer is now Corporate Chef for Two Madres Restaurants 07/08/2013

Carthay Circle Restaurant has welcomed Alexis Nowak as Executive Chef06/27/2013

Redwood Grill unveils Chef Spiros Bozikis as Executive Chef 06/26/2013

Chef/Partner John Ledbetter to helm the kitchen at Lark Creek Newport Beach opening in July 2013 06/21/2013

Bluewater Avalon welcomes Chef Randy Savoie to their roster 06/19/2013

Travis Flood is working on his own lunch spot with a few partners in La Verne, CA Pappas Artisanal. 06/01/13

Chef Joshua Han is hard at work on the new menu for The Blind Pig in Rancho Santa Margarita. 06/01/13

David Fune took over the kitchens at Surf & Sand Resort. 05/2013

Laguna Cliffs is proud to announce the appointment of culinary veteran Thomas Trevethan as Executive Chef 03/21/2013

Camron Woods now serving as Executive Chef at Amaya La Jolla 03/18/2013

Timothy Kast now serving as Executive Chef Partner at Seasons 52 Santa Monica 03/08/2013

The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa announced the appointment of Russell Michel to the position of Executive Chef 03/07/13

Pinot Provence welcomed new Executive Chef Alfonso Ramirez to their team 03/05/13

Kelli Nicole Crosson has been promoted to Chef de Cuisine at A.R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines 03/01/13

Chef Anthony Carron, formerly of Michael Mina Group, founded 800 Degrees Pizza. 05/07/12

John Merlino Jr. found a place on the executive team at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar as director of culinary development 4/26/12

Scott Thomas Dolbee has returned to SoCal as the new Executive Chef of KITCHEN 1540 in L’Auberge Del Mar 1/23/12

David Man is now Executive Chef at The Island Hotel 1/15/12

Benjamin Bailey has joined Cliff’s Edge Restaurant in Silver Lake as Executive Chef 1/3/12

Kenny Raponi has been promoted to Executive Chef at Tabu Grill 1/5/12

Daniel Durfort is now Chef at AzusaPacific University 12/10/11

David Man has taken over the Chef de Cuisine post at The Californian at Hyatt Huntington Beach 12/01/11

Joshua Hasho has taken the reigns at Tabu Grill, Laguna Beach 11/01/11

Dave Shofner has taken over the reigns at Wine Works and has begun development on the new kitchen, menu etc for the spring 2012 opening of Dublin 4 Gastropub 10/15/2011

Ronnie Arnold has moved to the position of Banquet Chef for Iva Lee’s 5/1/11

Chris Tzorin is now Executive Chef at Digg’s Huntington Beach 4/1/11

James Harris is now Executive Chef at the Royal Hawaiian. 5/1/11

Mitch Gillan has joined Sorrento Grille as Sous. 5/1/11

Dave Shofner has departed French 75 and has moved over to Hotel Menage – No he didn’t – we reported this in error 5/1/11 updated 12/28/12

Vartan Abgaryan has left A Restaurant for Hollywood. He’s at Public at the Roosevelt Hotel. 3/15/11

Jon Blackford has taken over at A Restaurant 3/15/11

John Cuevas is heading up the kitchen at Crow Bar 3/15/11

Chad Minton now Exec. Chef at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa 3/26/11

Renieri Caceres now Exec. Chef at Rustica Fashion Island 2/18/11

Marco Colin has taken over the kitchen at Nieuport 17 1/24/11

Sean Nemetz is back at The Cellar as Executive Chef 1/15/11

We lost track of John Garcia when he left the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel, but we found him. He’s now Executive Chef of W Hotel, San Diego 12/01/10

Brent Omeste previously Sous Chef at Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdales is now Executive Chef at Cucina Alessa, Laguna Beach. 11/08/10
Chad Blunston is heading up the kitchen at The Fairmont, Newport Beach, 11/10
Tommy Bahama Laguna Beach has named Marcus Jon Keliinui as Chef. 11/9/10
Chef Andres Miramontes is now at Savannah Chop House 10/12/10
Chef Todd Williams is now the Assistant Executive Chef for Caesars Palace in Las Vegas 10/12/10
Solmar Hotels and Resorts Appointed Chef Sergio Howland as Director of Food and Beverage for Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort and Spa 10/5/10
Rob Wilson has taken over hotel culinary operations at The Montage Laguna Beach 09/15/10
Andres Jimenez is now Executive Chef at Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel
La Quinta Resort and Club and PGA West have named Stephen Strickland their executive chef 9/7/10
Brandon Hughes is now executive chef at The Cellar Restaurant 9/7/10
Roy Hendrickson is Chef de Cuisine at Zimzala at the Shorebreak Hotel and has been for about 5 months. 8/12/10.
Tim Kast has been named Executive Chef Partner of the soon-to-open Seasons 52 in South Coast Plaza. 8/9/10.
Jorge Estrada has departed Fleming’s Newport Beach. Rumor has it that he will be replaced with Chris Hutten, currently at The Catch, Anaheim. 8/1/10
Bert Agor most recently with Ruth’s Chris has taken over the kitchen at TAPS Brea replacing Manny Gonzales who is now in San Diego. 8/1/10.
Paul Gregory is now the Executive Chef and FandB Director at the Hilton Long Beach. 7/19/10.
Jon Eyer is now the Executive Chef at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego. 6/28/10.
Daniel Durfort has left Cheval Blanc and is now at the Topa Tower Club, a private club in Oxnard. 6/24/10.
Chef Laura De Martin is the Chef de Cuisine at TusCA. 6/24/10.
Salvatore Ferrara and Gino Buonanoce have been appointed co-executive chefs of Antonello Ristorante – Santa Ana. 6/22/10.
Michael Nirtaut has taken over at Old Ranch Country Club. He previously headed up the kitchen team at The Fairmont 06/15/10
breaking news – Ronnie Arnold is leaving hush next week and will be taking over at Hotel Menage in Anaheim. Patrick Ramsey will be taking over at hush. 05/10/10
Thomas Tran – we hear that you have left Chimayo at the Beach – Where are you??? 10/27/09 Found him! He’s now overseeing kitchen operations for all four of Zov’s operations. 05/10/10
Chef Jon Blackford is the new Executive Chef of Kimera Restaurant in Irvine, re-vamping their menu to feature “Modern American Comfort Food”. 05/06/2010
Chef Steven Terrebonne was appointed as Director of Food andBeverage at AVIA Long Beach. 4/26/10.
Chef Brian Black started his new gig yesterday. Congratulations on the new Exec Chef position at Stonehill Tavern. Where did Chef Keogh go, anyone know? 03/02/2010
We recently caught up with Chef Jason Pena this week. In Aug he left the Atrium Hotel, joined the Kyoto Grand Hotel in Los Angeles and is now moving on to the Hilton Glendale. 02/08/2010
Chris Reischel took over the kitchen reigns at the Atrium. 02/06/2010
Joe Youkhan is now at Savannah Chophouse, Laguna Niguel. 01/25/2010
Chef Michael Rossi’s in Beverly Hills at Neiman Marcus and Chef Ryan Carson took over Ambrosia 01/15/2010
Jimmy Schmidt partners with La Quinta Resort and Club to open Morgan’s in the Desert. Jeffrey Lunak is the resort chef. Anyone know where Jan Pfeiffer went? 11/09/09 We found Jan at the Wyndam Puerto Rico basking in the sun and enjoying every minute of it. 02/05/2010
Chef Frank Miller is now the Executive Chef of the award winning Smokehouse Restaurant at Ponte Winery in Temecula. 2/02/10
Jimmy Martinez previously of Silvera’s and Dolce is now Exec. Chef at The Factory Gastropub in Long Beach. 12/01/09
Chef Joe Youkhan is now manning the kitchen at Chimayo at the Beach! 11/25/09
Executive Chef Larry Banares has taken over the helm of the Queen Mary kitchens. 11/20/09
Chef Don Schoenburg has departed Leatherby’s to open his own restaurant Lido Deck in Newport Beach. 11/14/09
Thomas Tran – we hear that you have left Chimayo at the Beach – Where are you??? 10/27/09 Found him! He’s now overseeing kitchen operations for all four of Zov’s operations. 05/10/10
Dave Shofner took over the kitchen from Mitch Gillan 10/06/09
Stefano Chiarugi, the new Chef de Cuisine at Andrea at Pelican Hill Resort – Newport Beach who replaced Gianluca Re Fraschini at the end of September has an extensive (20 year) culinary background including positions at Encore Wynn Las Vegas, Osteria Del Circo at Bellagio and his own restaurant in the rolling hills in Tuscany 10/01/09
Chris Hutten-formerly with Fleming’s and Blue Coral is set to open The Catch, scheduled to open Jan 2010, just blocks away from the original location 09/28/09
Scott Green, sous chef at Salt Creek Grille, El Segundo will be taking over the kitchen at the Dana Point location. 09/25/09
Scott Robbe is finishing up at Salt Creek Grille Dana Point and is heading off to Afghanistan to feed the troops. 09/25/09
Mitch Gillan has left 75 Laguna Beach to oversee the special events venue Villa San Juan Capistrano 09/15/09
Daniel Durfort is back in Pasadena at Cheval Blanc 09/15/09
Veteran Chef David Coleman named executive chef of Michael’s on Naples – Long Beach 08/17/09
Chef Noe Lorenzana now heads up the kitchen at Doubletree – City of Commerce 07/15/09
We know you’ve been wondering- Mitch Gillan is firmly planted at 75 Laguna Beach (previously known as French 75) 07/11/09
Joseph Tripi has taken the reigns in the kitchen at Luggatti’s in HB 07/13/09
Award winning Chef Jesse Perez will lead the kitchen Fuego at Hotel Maya in Long Beach when it opens later this month 07/11/09
Ronnie Arnold is back at Hush – can’t wait to get there! 06/10/09
Edgar Agbayani is the new Executive Chef at Roy’s Newport Beach. Edgar hails from Roy’s Rancho Mirage. 06/05/09
You can find Stephane Beaucamp in Hollywood at The Vermont.
Louie Moya has taken on the kitchen at Manhattan Steak and Seafood in the space previously known as Manhattan Supper Club. 06/01/09
Tony Maloof will be in Chef in charge of both the kitchen and FandB for the entire hotel AVIA opening this summer in Long Beach 04/07/09
Dave Shofner has taken over the kitchen at The Bungalow in Corona del Mar
Accomplished Author and Chef Deborah Schneider is getting ready for opening at Sol Cucina. 01/02/09
The news below is slightly stale, but still true as far as we know.
Chef Jason Pena has departed Specialty Restaurant Group and has taken the reigns at Waterfalls at the Atrium Hotel.
Chef Thomas Ryan has relocated. He resigned his position with Pelican Grill and has taken over the helm at Big Canyon Country Club.
Yves Fournier is anxiously awaiting the opening of Andrei’s in the City of Irvine. Chef has been with Hyatt Hotels for quite some time; First in Irvine at 6ix Park Grill and then as Executive Sous at the Hyatt Newport Beach.
Chef Joseph Gotti previously of Patina’s Naples at Downtown Disney has taken over the kitchen at Da Vinci in Long Beach. We can’t wait to sample the new menu this month.
Chef Don Schoenburg supervised the reopening of Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge last month. I know he’s looking forward to things calming down a bit once all the new menus etc. are instituted.
Chef Lulu’s back from France and heating up the kitchen at Pinot Provence.
Rumor has it that Chef Nick Weber has returned to the Patina group at Catal after a short stint with Mor Project at Blanca. Blanca has revamped their menu and now offers Mexican Food.
ZMario has re-opened as iLounge. We’re still waiting to hear about the new Chef.
Theo Ioannou has departed Waterfalls at the Atrium Hotel and has taken a Mon – Friday day job at Cedars- Sinai in Los Angeles.’, ‘Chef Shuffle – Coronado Island Marriott – San Diego’, 0, ‘Orange County and Long Beach Restaurant Chefs on the move. The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa announced the appointment of Russell Michel to the position of Executive Chef

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