Our acclaimed chefs hail from some of the country's most prestigious resorts and dining rooms. With numerous accolades among them, they transform our resort’s dining experience into one that compares with any restaurant Los Angeles can offer.
Thomas Moran - Executive Chef at Pacific Palms Resort
Chef Thomas Moran joined our Los Angeles resort hotel as Executive in December, 2012. Chef Moran boasts 20 years in the hospitality industry with 15 years in the capacity of Executive Chef. His work experience includes the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago and Four Seasons Resort Nevis, The Viceroy Hotel Group, The Stouffers Riviera Chicago, Shutters on the Beach Santa Monica, The Mayflower Inn Washington and the Regent Beverly Hills Wilshire. Chef Thomas’ education is highlighted with graduation from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.
Chef Tam - Head Chef - Asian Kitchen
Chef Tam joined Pacific Palms Resort in 2002 and is the Head Chef of the dedicated Asian Kitchen at Pacific Palms Resort. He has over 41 years of experience in his culinary career with many well-known Asian restaurants in Hong Kong, Ecuador and Los Angeles since 1961. Chef Tam’s culinary creations of Asian dishes with fresh ingredients are well appreciated by guests. His signature dishes are Shrimp with Candied Walnuts, Crabmeat with Fish Maw Soup, Two Flavored Scallops and Abalone in Royal Sauce.
Shannon H. Olvera - Executive Chef, Pacific Palms Resort Red Restaurant
Chef Shannon joined Pacific Palms Resort as Executive Chef, Red Restaurant in 2011 and brings distinguished culinary & management experience encompassing Fine Dining, Hotel & Country Club. Her culinary experience includes the Hilton Hawaiian Village Tropics Restaurant, Bali Steak & Seafood, the Bluember Restaurant at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa and the Tommy Bahama Tropical Buffet. Chef Shannon’s education includes Kapiolani Community Collage Culinary Program & Restaurant Management and the Grey Stone Culinary Academy specializing in Ethnic Cooking from around the world.
Jesse Amaro - Banquet Chef, Pacific Palms Resort
Chef Jesse joined Pacific Palms Resort in 2012 to oversee banquet cuisine and boasts over 10 years of leadership in the food service industry including various chef positions at the Vista Royal Golf Club, the Wedgewood Wedding Center, Saffron Catering & Café and The Mission Inn. His formal education was at the Riverside Culinary Academy.
George Aguilar - Sous Chef - Red Restaurant
Chef George Aguilar joined Pacific Palms Resort in 2008 and is currently the resort’s Red Restaurant Sous Chef. He carries 13 years of culinary experience including holding the position of Sushi Chef at Edokko Japanese Restaurant. Chef George is a proud graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Program.