Chef & Culinary Director
Cal Stamenov is Culinary Director and Chef at Bernardus Lodge's highly acclaimed restaurants, Wickets and Marinus. A country man at heart, he grew up on the California Central Coast in a rural area outside of San Francisco. He was lucky to discover his talent and passions early in life: love of the land, good food and cooking. After completing culinary training, Stamenov spent 15 years traveling around the world. When an opportunity came to return to northern California, he was ready to come back to his roots. His friendships with local fishermen, growers and foragers are truly invaluable. The highlight of his day is having a fisherman drop off 100 pounds of Monterey Bay spot prawns fresh from the ocean or a forager unexpectedly arriving at the kitchen door with a basket of chanterelle mushrooms from Big Sur. With a fusion of vineyards and gardens literally at his kitchen door, Stamenov easily embraces the foods and styles he loves most—wood-fire grilling, California olive oils, garden-fresh vegetables and herbs, wines and vines and natural flavors.