San Diego Celebrity Chefs

Wine and Food Festival, San Diego Bay, Chef Marcus TwilegarSteven Lona
& Jenny Goycochea

Steven Lona, Executive Chef & GM

Steven Lona explored various careers before diving into cooking, but his passion for the culinary arts was always in the background waiting for him to come back. Despite a number of valuable kitchen experiences and culinary school training, Steven’s career catapulted when he joined the kitchen at Marche Moderne in Costa Mesa. Since then, he has spent significant time consulting on a number of prominent restaurant and bar openings. The sum of his experiences thus far and the relationships forged have given him a special platform to honor the time invested in him by mentors and upon which to continue to invest in the future of the next generation of chefs.

Prior to embarking on his endeavor with Tasting Room Del Mar, Steven benefited immensely from his time at Studio at the Montage in Laguna Beach and various stages under his toque before accepting his first executive chef position. As chef at Bistro 45, he built many of the friendships and relationships that have helped sustain his success and facilitate his continued development as a chef.

For Steven, food is love. It’s one of the most timeless ways to preserve a memory and culture and pass it along, an element he looks forward to bringing into his role at Tasting Room Del Mar. In his role as chef, he plans to incorporate his passion for whole farm cooking and his dedication to supporting local farmers to create a rotating menu concurrent with the changing seasons.

Jenny Goycochea, Chef de Cuisine

A San Diego native, from a young age, Jenny Goycochea realized that her career and life passion lied in the kitchen, quickly learning that food is often the common denominator in bringing people together. After studying Women’s Studies and Communication at San Diego State University, she broke into the restaurant industry prepping for a catering company. From there, Jenny got her first restaurant job at North Park’s local favorite, Urban Solace. Following her time there under Chef Matt Gordon, Jenny continued to hone her skills at Quality Social, Flavor Del Mar, Jsix and Stone Brewing Company. Over the course of her eight collective years in the industry, she has had the privilege of working with some of the best talent that San Diego has to offer, learning from each along the way.

In her role as Chef de Cuisine at Tasting Room Del Mar, through her collaboration with Executive Chef Steven Lona, Jenny has challenged herself to look outside the box when it comes to looking at any given ingredient. In the kitchen, she is continuously inspired by the abundance of locally grown produce, harvested by a wealth of farms.

When she thinks of her fondest memories, many are spent with large groups of friends and family sitting down to a meal and enjoying food together – an experience she hopes will be prevalent at Tasting Room Del Mar.