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Meet the Chef of Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa

Meet Monterey’s Chef Garcia

Executive Chef Mario Garcia is passionate about food. A California native of Mexican descent, Chef Mario brings more than 14 years of culinary experience to Estéban Restaurant. Inspired by Spanish food he grew up on, Chef Garcia's restaurant and catering menus will pay homage to Spain and celebrate the seasonality of what's growing on the Northern California coast.

My Story

Executive Chef Mario Garcia's culinary passion was ignited in his Grandmother's kitchen when he was just a boy. Inspired by her respect for quality ingredients and love of traditional methods, Chef Garcia ambitiously pursued his culinary dream. Throughout his 14 years of culinary experience, Chef Garcia honed his craft, worked to develop close relationships with local sources to utilize the finest and freshest ingredients, and led culinary operations to provide unbeatable customer service. Now at Esteban Restaurant, Chef Garcia pays homage to Spanish cuisine and stays true to the lessons learned at his Grandmother's side.

Chef Mario