Benjamin MartinekChef de Cuisine
Benjamin Martinek grew up in a small Colorado town of 200. At the young age of 11, he worked in the town’s only “restaurant,” a dive bar, where he soon realized he wanted to become a chef. According to Martinek, it was a dream come true being named chef de cuisine at Montage Laguna Beach’s signature restaurant, Studio. For the last seven years, he has progressively moved up through the resort’s culinary team. He first joined as a cook at fine dining Studio and then promoted to executive sous chef at all day, casual The Loft. He also served as sous chef at Studio prior to his current position. His creativity in the kitchen is inspired by the pristine ingredients sourced from Studio’s garden, as well as from local farmers and producers. His dedication to impeccable hospitality and service, a trademark of Montage, was recognized in 2013 when he was named Montage Laguna Beach employee of the year. Previously, Martinek worked as chef de partie at Raya at The Ritz-Carlton, Dana Point, California, and at Cortez and Jardinière, both in San Francisco. He earned an associate degree in occupational studies in culinary arts from California Culinary Academy, Le Cordon Bleu, San Francisco.