Growing up in a Spanish neighborhood in California’s Orange County, Jon was inspired early on by the foods of Spain and Latin America. When he moved to Texas as a chef, he found he was inspired by the marriage of Texas barbecue and Latin American flavors. Jon has dedicated his career to exploring the heritage and history of Latin American cuisine against a backdrop of authentic regional American flavors. He has helped build culinary programs for historical boutique resorts including; The Sonnenalp in Vail, The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, The Harbor View Hotel on Martha’s Vineyard, The Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah, Skytop Lodge in the Pennsylvanian Poconos, La Posada de Santa Fe in New Mexico, and The Stella, in the heart of Texas. Jon believes food is the thread that brings people together, around the table, in their hearts and their homes.