Chef Ryan Gilbert was born and raised in San Diego, California. He graduated from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, California in 2005.
Ryan spent the next several years honing his craft at the award winning Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, as sous chef under celebrity chef C. Barclay Dodge of El Bulli in Spain and Restaurants Bosq & Mogador in Aspen, Colorado. Ryan then continued his ascension through the culinary world at various San Diego establishments including the prestigious Maderas Golf Club in Poway, California which has been recognized as one of Golf Digest’s “Top 100 Golf Courses in America” and Zagat Guide’s “Top Rated San Diego Golf Course”.
Ryan attributes his passion for the culinary arts to his Sicilian and Dutch heritage, and more specifically to his grandfather Simone “Sam” Billuni who was a renowned chef and restaurant owner in San Diego during the 1970’s and 80’s.
Ryan currently lives in San Diego’s Rolando Village and spends his free time enjoying San Diego’s music scene, the often overlooked Asian and Mediterranean cuisine and the beautiful outdoor lifestyle that only San Diego can provide. Ryan has been the Executive Chef at the Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows since December of 2014.
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