ANNUAL GALA

Save the Date! September 22, 2018

Two Michelin Star Executive Chef, JASON McLEOD from

With over 25 years of culinary experience under his toque, Jason has traveled the world to train with several of the most prestigious chefs in the industry, including culinary icons Raymond Blanc and Marco Pierre White. While Ironside may be Chef McLeod’s first venture as an owner, it’s certainly not his first foray into developing a concept focused largely on seafood. In 2009 as the opening executive chef of RIA in Chicago’s 5-Star Elysian Hotel, McLeod led a luxurious seafood-driven restaurant from being relatively unknown, to receiving two Michelin stars during its first year of operation—an honor that only two other restaurants in Chicago (Charlie Trotter’s and Avenues) were awarded that year.

JON BAUTISTA from

Having graduated from The Art Institute of California with an Associate’s of Science in Culinary Arts in 2005, Jonathan quickly worked his way up in the culinary field, working as the sous chef for many popular, high-rated restaurants all around San Diego. Having been trained in Japanese, Asian, American, and French cuisines, Jonathan continues to work as chef de cuisine of Kitchen 1540 at L’Auberge Del Mar. Try his culture-packed delicacies that will make you feel like your taking a trip around the world!

KELLI CROSSON from

As a graduate from The French Culinary Institute in New York, Crosson uses the technique of simplicity in her dishes, allowing fresh and naturally flavorful ingredients be the center of attention. Crosson takes pride in her devotion to ensuring the ultimate guest experience through cuisine as well as bringing people together to enjoy the company of one another. Be sure not to miss the warmth, earthy, and luxurious textures and tastes she brings to the table! From surf to turf, her cuisine takes you on a roller coaster of flavor you don’t want to miss!  

CHEF SARANSH “OBI” OBERO from

La Jolla, San Diego is the home to Masala Street’s first U.S location, following first locations like Bombay and Singapore. The inspiration comes from simple Indian street food while modernized with a California twist. Saransh is following his father, Hermant’s footsteps in this culinary masterpiece. Known as a “colonial Indian gastropub,” Oberoi aims to amplify the local Indian restaurant scene with new flavors and presentations. If you want to experience a little taste of India, then you don’t want to miss this. Chef Oberoi’s warm and rich spices combined with his insane textures gives your mouth an experience like no other.

JASON KNIBB from

Jamaican born and Southern California raised, Knibb has trained with some of the most well known chefs. After joining the Nine Ten staff in 2003, Knibb climbed the culinary ladder to becoming the executive chef for all food and beverage operations located on the resort property. Now being a very well known chef in La Jolla, Knibbs made guest appearances on things like Bobby Flay’s “Food Nation—Best of Utah” program. Knibb credits the culinary world legend, James Beard for his distinctively known cuisine and his ultimate success. Don’t be fooled by the small portions; Chef Knibbs’ plates are intensely packed with flavor leaving your taste-buds more satisfied than ever. Don’t forget to grab a cocktail to enhance the flavors and experience the culinary journey even further!

ANTHONY WELLS from

Wells is the Executive Chef of Juniper and Ivy on the outskirts of Little Italy in San Diego. This well-known restaurant focuses on redefining American food with comforting, yet creative ingredients and flavors, while reiterating the classics. Wells is the mastermind behind the creative menu that is ever changing with the seasons freshest ingredients. Elegant flavor is what you’ll experience if you choose to join this amazing culinary opportunity. Stick around to indulge in an everlasting flavor profile leaving you overwhelmed with savory flavors and textures. You will leave having had a culinary journey like never before that will never be forgotten.