Two Seasoned Chefs Join Millennium Biltmore Hotel


Bringing new culinary flair to one of downtown Los Angeles’ most historic hotels, the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, is pleased to welcome two new chefs to their culinary team. Thomas Ryan has just joined as executive chef and Jonathan Shin joins the staff at the helm of the hotel’s longstanding sushi spot, Sai Sai Restaurant.

Overseeing a culinary operation that encompasses banquets, four bars and restaurants and room service, Chef Ryan’s approach aims to elevate the stylish Biltmore banquet facilities’ menus and services to a true American classic cuisine hearkening back to its earliest days when food was locally-sourced, seasonal and fresh to create inspired and elegantly-presented cuisine.

Ryan’s love of cooking stems from childhood, but unlike many chefs, not from his mother, who did not cook. Instead he became the family chef by necessity, and as his family spent summers in Billings, New York – just down the road from the Culinary Institute of America – his skills and passion for the kitchen grew over time until he finally enrolled himself in prestigious school.

Ryan’s experience spans more than two decades and includes service as executive chef and opening team member with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, two invitations to cook at the famed James Beard House in New York as a guest chef, and, as president and corporate chef of Restaurant & Hospitality Consultants, Las Vegas, leading a team of top professionals in the development and opening of restaurants. Most recently he served as executive chef for The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach and Montage Hotels in Deer Valley, Utah.

Ryan is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York and is working toward becoming a Certified Executive Chef (CEC) with the American Culinary Federation. Further training from noted culinary programs includes the Culinary Olympics in Frankfurt, Germany and wine training with sommeliers at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. He has participated in six annual Food & Wine Classics in Aspen, CO and is a member of COPIA, the American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts.

Family also inspired Chef Jon Shin, whose father, a native of Japan, has been a sushi chef himself for over 20 years; consequently Shin grew up eating traditional Japanese food and over time developed a love for the craft himself.

A graduate of the California School of Culinary Arts’ Le Cordon Bleu program in Pasadena, CA, Shin has worked with a diverse range of kitchen experiences, including event catering and training culinary students at the Summer Art Academy. He spent the last three years at West Hollywood’s exclusive Nobu Restaurant, where he worked in virtually all culinary capacities, including the pastry department. His vision for Sai Sai focuses on highlighting the freshest ingredients possible, as well as integrating the sensory concept of “kokumi,” which infuses texture and flavor for the ultimate tasting experience.

Posted By: Ashley Nicole 9/13/2011

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