Stonehill Tavern Gets New Executive Chef in Rory Sandoval

For those folks who can still afford it, the Stonehill Tavern at the St. Regis down in Dana Point remains a gorgeous meal, one featuring the trademarks of owner and celebrity chef Michael Mina–trios, a love of American cuisine, high-priced meals that nevertheless justify their cost. But Mina is now going a slightly different direction with the announcement that Rory Sandoval is becoming Stonehill's executive chef.

Sandoval is coming from Portland, which is easy to hate on but does offer great food–and he worked at two restaurants up there.

One of them is his own: lolo, which is a Spanish tapas place and is a trend that truly hasn't hit OC yet. Another was Giorgio's, which focuses on Northern Italian cuisine. And now, the gushing quote from the press release!

with a chef like Michael Mina is a dream come true, and a highlight of
my career,” Sandoval told the press release. “Taking the reins at STONEHILL TAVERN [CAPS in the original] is
something I'm incredibly proud of, and my goal is to uphold the high
standards of this award-winning restaurant.”

Snarkiness aside, we welcome Sandoval to OC and wondering what kind of Mexi is he. Cuban? Mexi-Mexi? Something else? Inquiring minds want to know!

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