Culinary Director, Eddie Moran

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Having learned a variety of world cuisines under the tutelage of many prestigious chefs, Chef Eddie Moran has brought his culinary talent and expertise to Foundation 10 Creative in Palm Springs. Chef Moran comes from a family of cooks where the kitchen was always crowded. Naturally, he was drawn to cooking at a young age. He watched classic PBS kitchen …

Chef Brandon Testi

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Chef Brandon Testi was classically trained in culinary arts from Riverside Culinary Academy in Riverside, California, and graduated with honors at the top of his class. He has utilized his original, modern style at a variety of restaurants and resorts ranging from Angels Stadium in Anaheim to The Archer Hotel in Austin, Texas. After years of refining his skills and …

Chef Vince Cultraro

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Chef Vince Cultraro started his culinary career as a dishwasher at a resort hotel in Marzamemi, Sicily. Born by the sea in Southern Italy, seafood becomes a way of life. There, he used to dive for sea urchins and eat them raw. He would also catch Octopus, a favorite of his, and immediately cook it on the beach over a …

Chef Jason McClain

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Chef Jason McClain has developed a departure from traditional club fare, with a new take on food and beverage offerings at the Jonathan Club. A 120-year-old private club, Jonathan Club’s members are comprised of community leaders and trailblazers serving as esteemed participants in the cultural life of Los Angeles. Chef Jason received his formal training at the Culinary Institute of …

Chef Thomas Moran

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With over 30 years of culinary and management experience, Chef Thomas Moran brings his unique blend of exciting, balanced cuisine to Justice Urban Tavern at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Chef Thomas attended The Culinary Institute of America in New York before becoming an award-winning chef at restaurants and five-star hotels from Connecticut to California. Chef Thomas’ love …

Chef Hector Ibarra

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Born and raised in Santa Ynez Valley, Chef Hector Ibarra’s love for culinary began at an early age. His earliest memories were made in the kitchen with his family, creating different styles of Latin cuisine. As a young boy visiting his relatives in Mexico, Hector would catch fish with his uncle and bring them back for dinner at his grandmother’s …

Chef Igor Krichmar

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Executive Chef Igor Krichmar brings years of impeccable culinary and hospitality experience at prestigious restaurants in England, Las Vegas, Utah and California to InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. With his extensive background in fresh and simple cuisine, Krichmar leads the culinary charge by crafting new menus and spearheading the hotel’s culinary mission. Additionally, Krichmar oversees the overall flow of InterContinental Los …

Chef Eric Rodriguez

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At the age of 19, Chef Eric Rodriguez began his culinary journey with a French Culinary Degree.  He started off with an externship at the Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort where he learned a great number of work ethics.  From there, Chef Rodriguez moved to San Diego, California where he spent four years working at two French restaurants.  He …

Chef Jonah Amodt

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With more than 14 years of experience, Executive Chef Jonah Amodt has a wealth of knowledge cooking a wide variety of cuisines. As a child, Jonah “was the pickiest eater in his family,” but his mother “took the time to help him find an appreciation for seafood.” After a few years of watching her cook, and tasting a variety of …

Chef Michael Van Staden

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Born in South Africa, Michael Van Staden found his passion for cooking while assisting his family with classic dishes like Potjie and Boerewors around the campfire. Cooking over an open fire outside is still Van Staden’s “favorite way to cook at home, whether it’s whole grilled fish, searing scallops in a cast iron, making seafood stews or even steamed fish.” …