SAN DIEGO (2010)- W Hotel San Diego (WSD) this month welcomes John Garcia as the new driving force behind the property's food and beverage team. As Executive Chef, Garcia will lend the experience from his extensive resume, which includes a recent invitation to cook at the celebrated James Beard House, to spearhead the evolution of WSD's culinary operations, implementing key initiatives throughout the property designed to enhance the dining experiences.
"With Chef Garcia's experience, artistry and energy, W San Diego is stepping into a new and welcomed culinary era," said General Manager Stan Kaminski. "His talents will lead the culinary initiatives property-wide and revive the cutting-edge cuisine guests have come to expect with the W brand."
Executive Chef Garcia brings more than fifteen years of experience from across the culinary spectrum to WSD. Most recently, Garcia joins WSD from the 5 Diamond Ritz Carlton of Laguna Niguel, where he served as their Chef De Cuisine. Starting with an apprenticeship under Michelin Star Chef Martin Scharff at the Hotel Eisenkrug in Dinkelsbuel, Germany Garcia has since been an integral player at: the Hotel Del Coronado; the Bellagio Hotel; Hard Rock Hotel's Simon Kitchen and Bar; the Patina Group's Catal Restaurant and Uva Bar; and, REDS Steakhouse at the Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa.
On April 22, Chef Garcia was in New York to prepare a menu at the historic James Beard House. Among other delectables served were ahi tuna Nori cones with Tobiko caviar; Japanese hamachi with black cherry, pear and petit red shiso soy-yuzu vinaigrette; and, crispy pork belly served with sweet onion marmalade, charred pineapple relish, and five spice port reduction. Monies raised from diners enjoying his menu and fine wine pairings benefitted James Beard Foundation scholarships for culinary students who need financial support to pursue careers in the food and beverage industry.