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La Jolla, CA – The iconic La Valencia Hotel proudly announces the appointment of San Diego native and culinarian Alex Emery as Executive Chef – well known and respected for his operational prowess, passion for utilizing local and sustainable products and for being an active participant in a range of local culinary events.
The Overall Winner of Best Dish for Hilton Worldwide in 2015 and one of 2013’s Chefs of the Fest for the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, Emery has great admiration for “The Pink Lady,” having previously worked on chef collaborative charity events at the hotel’s signature restaurant, THE MED. His background includes stints at Grant James Vineyard in Ramona, CA as well as Oceanaire Restaurant, Knotty Barrel Gastro Pub, The Pearl Hotel and the Hilton Bayfront in San Diego. Chef Emery graduated from the San Diego Culinary Institute and has been very active in community culinary events including:
• Berry Good Foundation When the Sea Meets the Farm – 2016
• Humphreys – Menage a Foie Dinner – 2016
• THE MED La Valencia – Berry Good Foundation Center Stage Dinner – 2016
• Machete Beer House – South Bay Uprising Dinner – 2015
• Kitchen 4140 – Summer Crush Dinner – 2015
• 11th Annual Chef Showdown – 2015
• Sirena Cocina Latina – Latin Night! Pop Up Dinner – 2015
• Kitchen 4140 – Spring Fling Dinner – 2015
“Alex is the right Chef at the right time to mark La Valencia’s 90th anniversary year,” says Mark Dibella, Managing Director. With more than ten years’ experience in leading kitchen teams and staying on the cutting edge of progressive food trends, Emery explains that his cooking benefits from multicultural influences. One of the chefs he most admires is a James Beard award-winner and founder of Husk Restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina, Sean Brock, who is known for his influence on modern Southern cuisine. Emery leans towards unique spices and locally sourced fresh products with an emphasis on seafood, making him ideal for the signature menus of THE MED.
“We are proud that our iconic property remains an industry leader as a mentorship and training platform for culinarians,” continues Dibella. “For instance, former Sous Chefs Stephen Gage and Mark Pultz honed their skills in our kitchens and went on to lead other local San Diego restaurants, and current La V Banquet Sous Chef Jahan Moetamedi was recently recognized for his aspiring talent by the San Diego Chefs Celebration Collaborative. It is a fitting part of his career journey that Chef Emery – who recently collaborated with other signature San Diego chefs during a Berry Good Foundation dinner at THE MED – takes on the mantel of Executive Chef for La Valencia. We are confident that Chef Emery will bring even greater stature and respect to La Valencia’s exceptional culinary lineage and traditions.”