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Three new talented chefs are joining The Montage Laguna Beach at the elegantly casual all-day dining spot The Loft and the signature restaurant Studio.

Executive Chef David Serus of Le Mans, France oversees culinary operations ar Montage Laguna Beach including special events, meetings, weddings and banquets. After attending cooking school in Quimper, France, he served a year in the French navy and then worked at two Michelin Star restaurants – one in London and the other in the South of France. He’s worked at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, and The Ritz-Carlton Hotels & Resorts across the U.S. He was awarded the prestigious title of Maître Cuisiniers de France from the French culinary community, of which there are only 86 in the U.S.

Seoul, Korea-born and raised, Chef Joosung Lee is leading the culinary team at The Loft at Montage Laguna Beach. He’s a Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park graduate, with over 15 years of working in prestigious kitchens, including the former The Dining Room Ritz-Carlton Pasadena, Charlie Palmer in Costa Mesa and at Scarpetta, Montage Hotel and Spa, Beverly Hills. He is introducing lunch and dinner menus that reflect inventive California cuisine heightened by Asian and other global food influences.

Lee’s new lunch menu includes Artisan Sandwiches such as Arugula Pesto Wrap and Crispy Chicken with emmental and red cabbage. New entrées include Shrimp Chitarra, Seared Ahi Tuna Niçoise and more. His new dinner menu features refreshing Cantaloupe and Cucumber Gazpacho; Superior Farms Lamb Chops with sorrel pesto, vanilla-braised treviso and aged balsamic; Sunburst Squash with tarragon, chili flakes and lime; and other new selections. The chef has also created new Pasta and Grain dishes, Choices From The Ocean and local side Accompaniments.

Studio’s new Sous Chef Robert Rando, also a The Culinary Institute graduate has left the East Coast to bring his years of high-end luxury dining experience to the West Coast. At Studio, he’ll be working in collaboration with Chef de Cuisine Benjamin Martinek. Rando will be an important part of the team that creates Studio’s à la carte menus, much-loved tasting menus, special wine dinners and private dinners at the Chef’s Table – all featuring exquisite French cuisine inspired by local purveyors and markets, as well as Studio’s expansive garden.

Montage Laguna Beach is at 30801 Coast Highway in Laguna Beach. 949.715.6000.

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