As Chef de Cuisine of Argyle Steakhouse, Joran Bouwman exemplifies the attributes of Park Hyatt Aviara’s AAA Four Diamond restaurant. Chef Joran is an Aviara “home grown” chef, after starting his career in the Netherlands he moved from Amsterdam to Cardiff, CA in 2004 and has worked at Aviara ever since.
Chef Joran began his career at a young age, helping with lunch service in his neighbor’s small French restaurant. After graduating from culinary school he went on to work in some of Amsterdam’s finest restaurants, ‘t Swarte Schaep, ‘t Tuynhuis, Incanto and Segugio, working under the guidance of distinguished Chefs. In 2004 he moved to Southern California and joined the Four Seasons Aviara team in Vivace. During his time at Aviara, Chef Joran has worked in each of the restaurants, most recently as the Chef de Cuisine of California Bistro, Lobby Lounge and In Room Dining giving him a strong foundation to draw on as he contributes to the development and management of Argyle Steakhouse.
In addition to his deep knowledge of the Aviara property and European training, Chef Joran brings his passion for seasonal and local produce to the kitchen. “I believe in using recognizable products and local flavors to drive creativity in each dish that I create” said Chef Joran. He is constantly finding ways to incorporate the freshest and finest ingredients into his ever evolving menu, using his own vegetable garden at home as inspiration. He has also discovered a passion for baking bread from scratch (his specialty is sourdough) and is always coming up with new and creative recipes.
Chef Joran enjoys cooking with his wife and two children at home and spending time outdoors with his friends and family when he is not at Aviara.