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Meet Our Head Chef

Executive Chef José Esparza

Executive Chef Jose Esparza oversees culinary operations and develops menus at both South Coast Winery Resort & Spa and Carter Estate Winery and Resort, including South Coast Winery’s signature all-day restaurant The Vineyard Rose Restaurant. The resorts’ contemporary American cuisines feature California ingredients, some from their organic gardens, promoting healthy lifestyle menu selections.

Esparza has risen through the high-end culinary and hospitality ranks over the last decade, starting as a cook at the former Las Campanas restaurant in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Most recently, he served as executive sous chef at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, highlighting sustainable farm-to-table resources. He continues to collaborate with award-winning South Coast Winery Master Winemaker Jon McPherson to offer guests wine-friendly pairings to enjoy with their meals.

In addition to The Vineyard Rose, Esparza oversees in-room dining and all banquets and events. Before joining the team at South Coast Winery, he was chef de cuisine at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside, Calif., serving four years in that position and before that serving five years as sous chef at that same resort. He graduated from Kitchen Academy, Hollywood, Calif., with a professional culinary arts degree.