Since graduating from the Los Angeles Art Institute, Santa Monica in 2001, Gabe Garcia has shared his skill and passion with some of the top companies in the hospitality and Foodservice industries. A Southern California native, Gabe has infused a deep respect for local agriculture with his artistry and modern interpretations of American classic cuisine.
For the past six years, Chef Gabe has served Tierra Sur at Herzog Wine Cellars under the mentorship of recognized Chef Todd Aarons. Now as head chef, Gabe seeks to continue Chef Todd’s foundation of Mediterranean / New American flavors, using only ingredients sourced fresh from local farmers. In addition to award winning and nationally acknowledged fare, Chef Gabe also effectively manages a staff of cooks and pantry personnel during large public and private events in Los Angeles – putting a 5-star quality touch to every dish that leaves his kitchen. Prior to joining Tierra Sur, Chef Gabe served as a corporate chef in Southern California under Sodexo, Inc.
“For me, cooking is an expression of the relationship that I have with the growers, with my team and my kitchen and with the people who enjoy our food. I want to honor all of the hard work that it takes to grow and produce these ingredients; I want to reflect that care and dedication in the effort that my team and I put into each dish. Our guests have chosen our dining room to make special memories in, and in each bite – we want to capture the honor that it brings us. It is a hand-to-hand relationship, from the farmers, to mine, to yours. It puts an emotion into the food – a passion that our guests can taste.”