Morada Appoints New Chef

As seen on Bravo TV’s “Top Chef” Season 14, with past appearances on the culinary program’s All-Stars Season eight and recognition as the runner-up and fan favorite from Season three, Casey Thompson has accepted the role as executive chef of The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe’s Morada restaurant. Thompson will present seasonal menus elegantly showcasing fresh local ingredients in refined and elegant presentations. 

“I am honored to collaborate with the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe to invigorate the menu at Morada,” said Thompson. Drawing inspiration from my home base of Napa Valley and the local offerings of San Diego County, I look forward to welcoming both time-honored and new diners to the restaurant to enjoy dishes that celebrate Southern California” 

“We’re incredibly fortunate to have Chef Casey lead our culinary team,” said Jerome Strack, general manager of The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. “It’s easy to see why she was voted fan favorite, and why she has done so well on Top Chef. Her culinary skills can’t be rivaled.”  

Morada restaurant takes its name from Lilian Rice’s 1923 moniker for The Inn, meaning “house of many rooms.” Morada is inspired by the property’s storied past, showcasing Rancho Santa Fe’s rich history by incorporating natural materials and equestrian elements that reflect the eucalyptus groves and carefree elegance of the California ranch lifestyle. 

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About Chef Casey Thompson 

As a Texas native, Casey Thompson’s culinary journey began as a prep cook at The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas where she immersed herself in the culinary profession. From there, Thompson embarked on her career as an executive chef at critically-acclaimed Dallas restaurant Shinsei. 

During her tenure at Shinsei, Thompson was first approached by Bravo’s Emmy-winning series “Top Chef” for what would then lead to a long and fruitful relationship with the competition show. After competing on season three and achieving great success as a finalist and fan favorite, Thompson spent years working for various wineries, revamping menus and further enhancing wine varietals through thoughtful culinary pairings. As a result of her growing brand within the world of wine and spirits, she was appointed as the U.S. Ambassador for Moet-Hennessey. Her latest venture in Texas was the opening of the well-received Brownstone in Fort Worth.  

After many years cooking in the Lone Star State, Thompson relocated to the west coast where she found a home in Napa Valley, California.  Inspired by the local seasonal bounty, she opened Aveline in the heart of San Francisco, prompting Bravo to invite her back to Top Chef for the anticipated “All-Star Competition.”  Most recently, Thompson returned for a third time to “Top Chef” for participation in the show’s 14th season, which premiered on December 1, 2016. 

About The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe 

The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe blends ‘Classic California’ style with modern luxury. The 21-acre property dates back to 1922 offering exclusive service to presidents, royalty and celebrities. The resort boasts optimal privacy for getaways in 80 guestrooms. Guests can enjoy the finest drinks and seasonal menu at Morada Restaurant, gather for spirits in the Huntsman whiskey bar, unwind in the 3,000-square-foot spa, as well as host soirees in the meeting rooms, conference areas and the exquisite lawn and patio areas – a top wedding destination. The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe is part of Benchmark Hospitality International’s Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels, a leading US-based independent hospitality management company. 

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