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Meet the Chef of Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa

Meet Monterey’s Chef Hillan

Executive Chef Ben Hillan has three passions that fuel his culinary enthusiasm: fresh local ingredients, inspired collaboration with his kitchen team, and the desire to create a delicious dining experience for his guest. Chef Ben's cooking style--hinged on the belief that simplicity leads to complexity, allows the best seasonal ingredients to speak for themselves. 

Chef Ben's Story

Executive Chef Ben Hillan was raised in Santa Cruz and taught himself how to cook in high school while dabbling in the kitchen and using whatever was on hand to cook dinners for his family. This unguided experimentation kick started Chef Ben's culinary passion and led him to reach out to his uncle, who is a chef for the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Auto Racing team. With encouragement and inspiration, Hillan's decision to become a chef was fast-tracked; he enrolled at California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and graduated two years later. 

Chef Ben Hillan