Chris Garasic, Executive Chef
Raised on 10 acres of land in a rural area of Seaside Oregon, Chris Garasic and his friends would often spend days hunting, fishing, and scavenging for mushrooms and wild berries. Today, Chris attributes his rustic approach to cooking and the ability to use the best of flavors to his upbringing in Seaside, Oregon.
As a graduate of the Western Culinary School of Portland in 2000, Chris worked his way up from a position in the dining room to the Lead Dinner Cook position in his hometown. Only one short year later, Chris moved down to Southern California taking a position at a famous hotel and spa restaurant, Disney’s very own Napa Rose.
After working at Napa Rose for a year, Chris became the head chef at a local restaurant in San Pedro, California Called J. Trani’s Ristorante. Shortly after, He became a Banquet Chef at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles in 2004. As Banquet Chef he oversaw all specialized events, including hundreds of weddings, birthday celebrations, meetings, and other celebratory events. In 2009, Garasic became the Executive Chef at Mucho Ultima while also serving as a consulting chef at Rock’N Fish. After three years at Mucho Ultima, Garasic was named the Executive Chef at The Shade Hotel where he worked to evolve the menu and utilized the freshest hand-selected ingredients. While working at The Shade Hotel, Chris worked hand-in-hand with several notable chefs; including Timothy Hollingsworth, formerly of The French Laundry, Bernhard Mairinger of BierBeisl, and Devin Alexander of The Biggest Loser. In January of 2013, Chris teamed up with the Mayor of Manhattan Beach to create the winning farm-to-table dish at the Blue Zone Mayors Cook Off. Within the same year, Chef Chris was also invited to serve as a guest judge alongside chefs from each of the 50 states for an episode of Bravo’s Master Chef.
After working at The Shade Hotel for 6 years, we are excited to introduce Chris Garasic as our new Executive Chef for Trump National Los Angeles. Chris oversees dozens of employees, selects and designs new recipes for the club, and ensures that all dishes are consistent in quality, taste, and presentation. Chef Chris uses his finely tuned culinary skills to develop a menu that is both simple and unique, to the club and to himself. Executive Chef Chris Garasic has truly left a lasting impression on the culinary industry for more than two decades; we are excited to see what he is bringing to Trump National and are truly happy to have him on board as our executive Chef.