Local Host Chef
- Portola Hotel & Spa
A California native, Jason credits his mother as a driving influence in his culinary upbringing. As a youngster he began serving as the official "taster" in the kitchen, and soon learned the importance of showcasing each ingredient's flavors while grilling in the backyard. After attending culinary school, he trained at notable California restaurants from Sonoma to the Monterey Peninsula, including The Lodge at Pebble Beach. Jason has been integral in developing the hotel's culinary program, building his menus using regional and sustainable fare, with a commitment to follow Seafood Watch recommendations.