Redlands Ranch Market has acquired a new head chef for their Cocina. Chef Will Sturgess has been an exciting new addition to the team and brings with him a wealth of experience across this great country as well as a family legacy of fantastic cooking.
Will started cooking as a young man next to his family members. “My restaurant experience started at the age of 12 when I was working with my Uncle Ivo Manchetti who opened an Italian restaurant in Chicago’s Little Italy. I worked side by side with my Uncle and his mother, Enos, who made ravioli from scratch. I still use her recipes.”
At the age of 19, Will competed in the Chef Olympics in Chicago. He was one point away from medaling, but the experience did reveal his passion. He knew at that time that there was no other job for him and that he would be a chef for the rest of his life.
From that point on, Will has been pursuing culinary excellence at a variety of restaurants around the country. He has specialized in creating food for specialty eaters like vegetarians, and vegans. He has also worked in environments that prioritized working with hormone free, steroid free and organic ingredients. He regularly received reviews like this:
“My husband and I recently were married at the Aspen Lodge and could not have been happier with how it turned out! Master Chen, Will, Samantha, Robin, and the staff were extremely friendly and went above and beyond what was expected… Chef Will made a variety of dishes to meet our specific requests for meat-eaters and vegetarians as well as dairy-free and gluten-free dishes.”
Ultimately, Will fits our slogan of Authenticamente Fresco con Amabilidad! In everything, he creates it is authentically fresh!! We look forward to him meeting all of you and all of you enjoying his fantastic food!