Justin Cogley of L'auberge Carmel Food & Wine Magazine's Best Chef of 2013
Executive Chef Justin Cogley prepares sophisticated modern California cuisine. The award winning restaurant was recently voted Fifth best in San Francisco and the Bay Area by Zagat.
Executive Chef Justin Cogley’s cooking philosophy is built first and foremost on spontaneity. With access to an array of outstanding local products as well as ingredients and artisan purveyors from around the world, Cogley and Mendoza focus on incorporating these elements into their ever-changing menus.
Dinners are presented with two menu choices: either the Menu ($110 per person) with an additional option to sample artisan cheeses, or the Chef’s Tasting Menu ($145 per person).
The Chef’s Tasting Menu, which changes daily, is designed by the chef and is drawn from a list of up to 20 ultra-seasonal ingredients that may appear as either a main component of a dish or as an accompaniment. Integral to the Chef’s Tasting Menu are the elements of surprise and spontaneity: each dish is a natural progression in flavor and reflects the chef’s imaginative artistry and ability to create a gastronomic journey from 20 pristine ingredients. For a supplement, course-by-course wine pairing are chosen specifically for each course.