We are eternally grateful for the generosity our culinary community! Numerous chefs have donated their time, passion and creative expertise to our special events, youth classes and workshops!


  • Chef James Anderson (Poke Lab; formerly, Affina)
  • Chef David Baron (Casanova)
  • Chef Christophe Bony (formerly, La Bicyclette, Casanova)
  • Chef Brad Briske (La Balena)
  • Chef John Cox (Sierra Mar)
  • Chef Johnny DeVivo (Poppy Hills)
  • Chef Dory Ford (Aqua Terra Culinary)
  • Chef Yousef Ghaliani (formerly, The Bench)
  • Chef Jason Giles (Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System)
  • Chef Jamie Jarrard (Sea Stars Catering)
  • Chef Brian Kearns (La Bicyclette)
  • Chef Sarah LaCasse (Earthbound Farm)
  • Chef Ken MacDonald (Edgar’s Restaurant – Quail Lodge and Golf Club)
  • Chef Ron Mendoza (Aubergine)
  • Chef Brandon Miller (Mundaka)
  • Chef Kyle Odell (Carmel Belle)
  • Chef Soerke Peters (Basil Seasonal Dining)
  • Chef Jacob Pilarski (Big Sur Bakery)
  • Chef Stephanie Priada (Manresa)
  • Chef Yulanda Santos (Sierra Mar)
  • Chef Ben Spungin (Coastal Luxury Management)
  • Chef Cal Stamenov (Marinus)
  • Chef Angela Tamura (Peppoli)
  • Chef Ted Walter (Passionfish)
  • Chef Tim Wood (Carmel Valley Ranch)


Special Thanks to our Founding Culinary Partner, Casanova Restaurant!

Since the early 2000s, the Executive Chef and owners of this legendary Carmel-by-the-Sea restaurant have been tremendous supporters of our programs and edible garden… Even serving our organically-grown produce in their fine eating establishment!

Every 6-weeks Casanova Chefs can be seen working alongside Carmel Middle School Ecoliteracy students in our outdoor kitchen to prepare a sustainable garden-to-table lunch! The restaurant is often a presenting culinary partner at our seasonal culinary community events, so please keep your eye out for them!