Owner/Executive Chef, Russell Thomas Russell has twenty-five years of restaurant experience, as well as a culinary degree from San Francisco City College and a BS in Recreation Administration with an emphasis on event planning from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He has over fourteen years experience as a savory chef. He has worked at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch, ELKA's in San Francisco working with Chef Elka Gilmore, Lumiere Restaurant in West Newton, MA working with Chef Michael Leviton, and at Le Meridian Hotel in Boston where he apprenticed with Master Pastry Chef, Christophe Feyt. He has cooked for Julia Child and in 2005 he made desserts for the James Beard dinner in New York City. He lives in San Luis Obispo with his wife Heather and daughter Chiara.