CHEF YOUSEF GHALAINI TURNS UP THE HEAT AT THE BENCH, A NEW RESTAURANT AT PEBBLE BEACH RESORTS
“The Bench is going to encompass everything that the Monterey Peninsula can offer—beautiful views of the stunning Pacific coast, exciting cuisine using the plentiful resources of Monterey Bay, the Salinas Valley and surrounding areas, as well as an unparalleled service experience that only Pebble Beach Resorts can provide,” said Chef Ghalaini. “Cooking over an open flame has been a part of my life since a young age, and I’m excited to bring this time-tested cooking technique to guests and visitors of Pebble Beach.”
A native of Lebanon, Chef Ghalaini experienced an immersion into the culture of food at a young age with lively family meals and early service lessons at his grandfather’s bakery. With an education from the Culinary Institute of America at the Greystone campus in Napa Valley, Chef Ghalaini began his career at the Michelin-rated REDD restaurant under Richard Reddington, where he executed the celebrity chef’s style of California French cuisine with a focus on stellar food and wine pairings. In January 2010, Chef Ghalaini re-energized Bespoke in New Haven, Conn., generating praise from local media as well as the regional food section of the New York Times. Other experiences for Chef Ghalaini include opening Go Fish restaurant in St. Helena, Calif., working for Robert Sinskey Vineyards in Napa and opening Steak 954 at the W Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. He comes to Pebble Beach Resorts most recently from Imperial No. Nine at the Mondrian SoHo Hotel in New York City.
“I am excited to have joined a group of professionals at Pebble Beach Resorts who are dedicated to their craft, and embrace a central goal of exceeding the expectations of guests by creating a once-in-a-lifetime experience each time they step into the restaurant,” says Chef Ghalaini. “Quite frankly, you will be hard pressed to find a better place to enjoy exquisite food and drinks in a great atmosphere and setting than The Bench at Pebble Beach.”
The Bench will serve lunch and dinner daily. For more information, visit www.pebblebeach.com, or to make reservations, call (800) 654-9300.
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