Culinary Curious

Rob Wilson

Executive Chef of Montage

Rob Wilson joined Montage Laguna Beach in 2010 to oversee culinary operations with an emphasis on special events. As Executive Chef, he manages the day-to-day operations of the main kitchens and ensures that the best quality products are used throughout the property.

Chef Wilson has an extensive culinary background, and is a graduate of Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in New York. He began his culinary career when was just a teenager and started as a dishwasher at the Dana Point, California Chart House restaurant. He quickly worked his way to head cook and excelled from there.

His culinary path has included time at Surf and Sand Resort in Laguna Beach, California, where he worked as a Sous Chef, and he eventually went on to be co-owner and Executive Chef of , Cervino's in Mammoth Lakes, California. Prior to joining Montage Laguna Beach, Chef Wilson spent the past thirteen years with The Ritz Carlton company, most recently serving as Executive chef at The Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Here he worked at various locations in California and was part of the opening team for seven of their hotels across the U.S. He was also named "Chef of the Year" in 2008 by Chef Magazine.

Chef Wilson enjoys the outdoors, and activities such as: surfing, stand up paddle boarding, snowboarding and riding motorcycles. He currently resides in Laguna Niguel, California with his wife and two children.

Cooking Philosophy

"Keep it simple. Cooking does not need to be complicated. By cooking seasonally the natural beauty of the product shines through. Source locally grown produce regionally raised sustainable proteins such as beef, poultry, lamb and seafood. Cook to enhance their natural intrinsic flavors."

Food is Love,
Chef Rob Wilson