Chef Jay Trubee

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Chef Jay Trubee opened restaurants in Boston, New York and Nantucket before he and his wife, June, opened Jillian’s in Palm Desert 22 years ago.   Jay’s Culinary Institute of America training and travels in Europe and the United States have inspired his love of the art of cooking. Not only does he prepare superb cuisine, he is responsible for the …

Chef Ben Diaz

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Born in Los Angeles, Executive Chef Ben Diaz has always had a fascination with cooking, which stemmed from watching his father (an accomplished chef himself) in the kitchen. “Watching my dad cook breakfast and seeing the passion he had for his craft really inspired me, ” says Chef Diaz. A graduate of France’s prestigious Le Cordon Bleu, he is also …

Chef Matt Fresinski

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As a child, Executive Chef Matt Fresinski would go fishing with his grandfather in upstate New York visiting his “secret” fishing spots. Although they never caught as many as they would have liked, when they did, it was always extremely exciting. At the age of 13, Chef Fresinski knew that he wanted to become a chef when he grew up.  …

Chef Greg Frey Jr.

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Chef Greg Frey Jr. has always loved to cook but says being a chef was never really something he thought about as a child. However, his family is quick to remind him that early on his world was already revolving around food.  “My family use to travel to Italy often when I was a kid and I couldn’t wait each …

Chef John A. Baez

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Growing up in Austin, Texas, Executive Chef John A. Baez from Tommy Bahama of Las Vegas had quite a few early childhood memories where lakes and rivers were quite plentiful.  “I remember going swimming at some of the local river holes as a kid and being terrified of the aquatic life present. I recall being afraid to initially dive in as …

Chef Jeremy Tummel

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A native of Southern California, Chef Jeremy Tummel grew up fishing since he was just a young boy.  “I’ve been fishing my entire life, it’s my favorite hobby and one that I am pretty good at!  I have realized that it’s the little things that make for great memories though, scouring the tide pools for periwinkles, gooseneck barnacles, seaweeds and …

Chef Jeffrey Strauss

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Jeffrey Strauss, the executive chef and owner of Pamplemousse Grille in Solana Beach brings a life-long appreciation of seafood into his kitchen. “When I was young I would head out to Fire Island with friends and using a rake, dig for clams. Cooking them on the beach is one of my favorite childhood memories. When I was a kid I would always order …

Chef Susan Feniger

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From the new ceviche bar at Border Grill in The Forum Shops at Caesars in Las Vegas to the signature Pescado Veracruzano at the iconic location in Santa Monica, you can tell just by looking at the menus that Chef Susan Feniger has a thing for seafood. We weren’t surprised to learn Chef Feniger’s appreciation for fresh seafood started in …

Chef Pierre Albaladejo

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Executive Chef of Park Hyatt Aviara Resort Chef Pierre Albaladejo has long felt a connection not just to food, but to the food the ocean provides us. A native of Dax, a village in Southwestern France, he spent his childhood vacations in coastal Charente-Maritime, where his uncle had an old style pastry shop and his aunt’s family was in the …

Frazier Farms Market Owner Nick Frazier

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We’re switching things up a little this month and featuring a customer who is not a chef – well, not technically at least, but Nick Frazier would be the first to tell you that it’s cooking, and good cooking, that drives him (at work and at home). As the third generation owner of Frazier Farms Markets, Nick lets the pursuit …