Chef Alejandro Martinez

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Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Chef Alejandro Martinez started cooking at the age of 16 with a desire to travel and see the world, putting aside law school ambitions. A part-time job in high school became his full-time career upon graduation with numerous positions in upscale restaurants and luxury hotels in Buenos Aires. In 1999 he worked for …

Chef Marcelo Rubio

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Chef Marcelo Rubio is a California native who grew up with an immense passion for cooking. Throughout the 20 plus years of his culinary career, he’s worn many different hats from Executive Chef to Director of Dining Services, Chef Instructor, and currently a Regional Executive Chef. In the past, Chef Rubio has worked with Nintendo of America and Disney & …

Chef Nicole Brisson

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As Executive Chef of Brezza, located strip-side at the newest mega-resort and casino, Resorts World, in the heart of Las Vegas, Chef Nicole Brisson is at the helm of the kitchen, providing her signature authentic, yet modern coastal Italian cuisine to locals and visitors alike. A testament to her dedication to excellent quality standards and leadership techniques, she partnered with …

Chef Mourad Jamal

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“The Poseidon is the place where is the health & happiness of our team and guests were the heart of every decision and recipe”: Chef Jamal said. Now a proud American, Chef Mourad Jamal’s journey started far away in his native country of Morocco. Cooking for him began as a necessity to help out when his mother and family were …

Chef Edgar Beas

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Executive Chef Edgar Beas leads the talented culinary team at the Radisson Blu Anaheim. Chef Beas is a classically trained chef who graduated from the San Diego Culinary Institute and trained in Spain at the three Michelin-starred Martin Berasategui Restaurant, where he worked closely with the world-renowned chef himself. Chef Beas grew up in a large family. That meant frequent …

Chef Jacqueline Keller

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Executive Chef, Jacqueline Keller grew up in an Eastern European family, and her early memories of fish are rooted in holiday traditions. “We were of modest means, so fish was a special treat enjoyed only on rare occasions.”  She learned to fish from her mother-in-law, who grew up fishing with her family. Chef Jackie said that the best way to …

Chef Rainer Schwarz

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Restaurateur & Chef Rainer Schwarz combines a rich cultural past with the finest culinary training to present menus unlike any other found in the region. His style of cooking focuses on simplicity by using only the best possible high-quality, seasonal ingredients. One of his passions is to pair each dish on his menu with the best possible wine selection. The …

Chef Richard Pelz

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Growing up, Chef Richard E. Pelz learned a great appreciation of French cooking from his mother, and less than desirable wines from his stepfathers’ hobby of making Zinfandel and Cabernet wine in the mountains of Santa Cruz. Some would say, food and wine have been coursing through Chef Pelz’s blood most of his life. After graduating from the Culinary Institute …

Chef Quinnton Austin

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Executive Chef, Quinnton Austin, is a celebrity status restaurant and hospitality professional. Making the trip from New Orleans, Louisiana to San Diego, California, Chef Quinnton, also known as “Chef Q”, brings a Southern flair to the local dining scene. With roots in Louisiana and early experience delving into the Bayou’s culinary culture, San Diego is in for a real treat. …

Chef Christopher Badilla

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Chef Christopher Badilla was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Tustin, Orange County. His earliest culinary memories consist of his dad showing him how to properly clean the starch from rice before cooking it, baking box cakes with his mom, and helping set the table at his grandpa’s house in Washington. His grandpa “always had a huge holiday …