Chef Aaron Martinez

In Residence: July 30, 2015 - October 17, 2015

Orange County, CA. native Chef Aaron Martinez graduated from the Arizona Culinary Institute in 2003. After graduation, he moved to Southern California and took his first cooking position at The Prado in San Diego, CA. In 2006, he transitioned into fine dining, opening Addison, the signature restaurant of the Fairmont Grand Del Mar as a Chef de Partie working under acclaimed Chef William Bradley.

While at Addison, Martinez traveled to Spain to stage at Restaurante Martin Berasategui in San Sebastian as well as Berasategui’s two Michelin star restaurant Lasarte in Barcelona. Martinez left Addison in 2009 to continue his travels which brought him next to West Flanders, Belgium where he was given the opportunity to work under Chef Kobe Desramaults at In de Wulf. It was here that he honed his style of classic French cooking, utilizing modern, lighter techniques.

In 2011, he returned to the states and landed in the San Francisco Bay Area as the Sous Chef at Quince working under Chef Michael Tusk and preparing a modern French tasting menu with Italian influence. During his tenure at Quince, he was promoted to Chef de Cuisine and the restaurant was also awarded an additional Michelin star, jumping from one to two stars.

Martinez then accepted his dream position to run the kitchen at Commis restaurant in Oakland, CA as Chef de Cuisine. He had always wanted to work for Chef/Owner James Syhabout and Commis spoke to his passion of running a small restaurant; similar to the kitchens he worked in during his time in Europe. At the 25 seat fine dining restaurant, Martinez prepared an award winning modern French tasting menu utilizing California ingredients.

Beginning in August 2015, Martinez will helm the kitchen at Lettuce Entertain You’s award-winning, rotating chef restaurant, Intro, as the third chef-in-residence.