An Exceptional Fine Dining ExperienceOur Culinary Team
The talented chef team at The Lodge at Torrey Pines brings a dedication to sourcing local ingredients combined with a passion to create unforgettable dining experiences.
Executive Chef, The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Acclaimed Executive Chef Jeff Jackson is credited with being one of the original pioneers of the farm-to-table movement in San Diego. With a classically French-trained culinary background, Chef Jackson has earned numerous awards and accolades for his innovative yet simple style of cuisine. He founded the nationally recognized Celebrate the Craft food festival, and now brings his iconic dedication to farm-fresh ingredients to the entire culinary program at The Lodge at Torrey Pines.
Chef de Cuisine, A.R. Valentien
Chef de Cuisine Kelli Crosson brings a lifelong interest in real food to A.R. Valentien. From her upbringing on a 40-acre citrus orchard to attending The French Culinary Institute in New York, Crosson embraces a simplicity conveyed through dishes that allow fresh and naturally flavorful ingredients to shine. She enjoys the rush of the kitchen as much as bringing people together to dine and enjoy each other’s company, and her focus extends beyond the kitchen line to ensure an impeccable guest experience.
Chef de Cuisine, The Grill at Torrey Pines
Chef de Cuisine Kyle Wiegand learned to love fresh sustainable, ingredients under the mentorship of decorated Chef Jeff Jackson. Also an avid home-brewer, Chef Wiegand is currently en route to earn his Cicerone certification. Leading the day-to-day vision at The Grill at Torrey Pines, Chef Wiegand hopes to combine his passions for craft beer and organic, locally produced food to create a sustainable and unique style of cuisine.