Maya Madsen is the founder and CEO of Maya’s Cookies, which opened in 2015 at farmer’s markets and now has two retail stores in San Diego (Grantville and North City). “As a vegan with a sweet tooth, I was motivated to craft recipes that fit the bill.”
Sarah Wynn is the co-founder and owner of Wynston’s Ice Cream, which opened in San Marcos’ North City in 2020. “We want to be the place where people come to celebrate birthdays, the winning game or simply spend some time together to enjoy a little handcrafted happiness.”
Damian Doffo is the CEO and winemaker of Doffo Winery, a family-owned and -operated boutique winery with a focus on exquisite reds in Temecula. “We have intertwined our second passion of vintage motorcycles through our second wine brand, MotoDoffo.”
Ben Farber is the co-founder of Benny Boy Brewing, LA’s first brewery and cidery. “We produce onsite with a focus on Old World brewing and fermentation methods: only whole-flower hops, no filtering and natural carbonation.”
Victor Ghaben’s business, World Famous HOTBOYS, started in his own backyard in Oakland in 2017. Today, the restaurant has five locations, dishing up California’s top fried chicken sandwich.
As the 2022/2023 school year gets underway, meet five wonderful California-based teachers and camp directors who deserve all the gold stars, A-pluses and top honors.
Sergio Jimenez is the new chef de cuisine of AVANT, the signature restaurant of Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego. “My position is a very fun and active role in the restaurant. I oversee all back-of-house operations and develop menu based on seasonality.”
Caesar Huerta is the executive chef and owner of Craft House in Del Mar, a New American restaurant with Mexican fusion. “We are popular for our Monster Burgers and seafood offerings.”
Matthew Arkin is the co-founder and CEO of Los Angeles-based Downtime Cocktails, which just released Batch 22 Classic Gold, A New American Aquavit. “Downtime Cocktails was founded almost three years ago after I created the initial recipe in my kitchen in LA, just for fun.”
Chef Christopher Lin hails from the iconic Las Brisas ocean-front restaurant in Laguna Beach. The award-winning eatery serves up classic Southern California cuisine, alongside a panoramic view of the coastline.