San Diego Celebrity Chefs
Executive Chef / Owner
The Land & Water Company
An outspoken advocate for responsibly sourced, traceable seafood, Oceanside native Chef Rob Ruiz spent a decade honing his craft in Hawaii where he worked with James Beard award winner Chef Alan Wong before earning an apprenticeship under Japanese sushi master chef Etsuji Umezu. Since returning to San Diego and opening his signature restaurant, The Land and Water Company in 2014 –where his menu of hyper-local, ethically raised ingredients have put him firmly on the map– he has also focused on the culinary community’s role in saving the endangered vaquita porpoise and educating consumers.
Recently receiving global recognition for his dedication to improving fishing and seafood industry practices at The Ocean Awards 2016 held in London by the Blue Marine Foundation and Boat International. He is the Chef/Restaurateur Winner of 2016, who has made the most outstanding commitment to ocean conservation and ongoing mission to raise awareness and consumption of environmentally friendly seafood. His dedication to marine sustainability and drive for responsible culinary excellence serve to inspire others in his field and beyond.