Meet the Pebble Beach Culinary Getaway Team

Aaron Burns, Chef de Cuisine
  • The Bench Chef de Cuisine
  • 25 years experience on the West Coast included training under many masters in the culinary world.
  • His style includes working with fresh, local and sustainable ingredients—heavily influenced by French technique.
Anastasia Simpson, Assistant Pastry Chef
  • Oversees all desserts for Roy’s, Pèppoli and STICKS at The Inn at Spanish Bay
  • Handles all banquet events including Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Pebble Beach Food & Wine
  • Attended Paul Bocuse’s Ecole des Arts Culinaires et de l’Hôtellerie in Ecully, France
Angela Tamura, Chef de Cuisine
  • Pèppoli at Pebble Beach Chef de Cuisine since 2010
  • Native of New England and studied at the New England Culinary Institute in Essex, Vermont
  • Won Chef of the Year at the Napa Valley Mustard Festival twice and was featured chef at the James Beard House in New York
Elias Lopez, Executive Chef
  • The Beach & Tennis Club Executive Chef
  • Began his culinary career at the age of 16, developing a love for cooking while working at Passionfish in Pacific Grove, CA.
Eugenio Ramos, Banquet Chef
  • The Lodge at Pebble Beach Banquet Chef
  • Spent his childhood helping his grandmother produce cheese and cook for their family in the Guadalajara and Mexicali, Mexico
  • Has a passion for the art of cooking for groups of all sizes
Jeremy Tummel, Chef de Cuisine
  • Stillwater Bar & Grill Chef de Cuisine
  • Taught at Santa Barbara City College Culinary Academy and helped open Kevin Costner’s restaurant, Epiphany
  • Named 2015 ACF Western Regional Chef of the Year and is a certified level one sommelier
John Hui, Executive Pastry Chef
  • Pebble Beach Resorts Executive Pastry Chef
  • Graduated from San Francisco City Collage with a degree in Hotel and Resturant Management
  • Has garnered more than 30 global awards and honors including nine American Culinary Federation medals, three Culinary Olympic Gold & Silver medals, and inducted into the American Academy for Chefs
Pablo Mellin, Chef de Cuisine
  • Roy’s at Pebble Beach Chef de Cuisine
  • Regularly participates in numerous local special events such as Cooking for Solutions, Pebble Beach Food & Wine and The Harvest Farm to Table
  • Named 2015 Chef of the Year, American Culinary Federation, Monterey Bay Chapter
Rod Uncangco, Executive Chef
  • The Inn at Spanish Bay Executive Chef
  • Served on several culinary and special events including three U.S. Opens, and he oversees and coordinates the annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine
  • While proficient in many types of food preparation, Chef Uncangco is happiest when creating Euro-Asian or California Bistro dishes
Federico Rusciano, General Manager
  • Pèppoli at Pebble Beach General Manager
  • Developed a passion for the restaurant business and culinary arts early, thanks to his Rome, Italy upbringing and family background in hospitality and dining
  • Career spans over 28 years
David Kristiansen, Lead Sommelier
  • The Lodge at Pebble Beach Lead Sommelier and Advanced Sommelier
  • Career spans over 30 years and passed the difficult Advanced Level Sommelier exam on his first try
  • Received the Rudd Scholarship, which is given for the exam’s highest score
Jeffery Birkemeier, Manager and Advanced Sommelier
  • Stave Wine Cellar Manager and Advanced Sommelier
  • Active in the Court of Sommeliers since 2006 and pursing his Master Sommelier accreditation
  • Holds the Certified Wine Educator from the Society of Wine Educators
Wendy L. Heilmann, Director of Wine & Spirits
  • Pebble Beach Resorts Director of Wine & Spirits and Certified Sommelier
  • Responsible for beverage operations for 25 revenue centers, and conceived, designed and opened Stave Wine Cellar at Spanish Bay in 2015
  • Built a sommelier education program at Pebble Beach Resorts that has resulted in 140 employees passing the introductory exam, 40 passing the certified exam and currently has two Master Sommelier candidates

Unforgettable Dining Experiences Await at Pebble Beach Resorts

"I just love Pebble Beach—especially sitting outside at one of the restaurants overlooking the fairways, with a glass of wine…"

- Leslie R.

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  • Wine Spectator
  • Best of Award of Excellence
    2008 - 2016
  • Monterey Herald
  • Favorite On-Golf-Course Restaurant & Romantic Dinner Out
    2014
  • The Carmel Pine Cone
  • Best Restaurant in Pebble Beach
    2014
  • Monterey County Weekly
  • Best Restaurant of Pebble Beach
    2012