Ron Mendoza began his culinary career at the age of 25 after eight years of working in retail. Wanting to pursue a career that was more rewarding on a daily level and more creative on a grander scale, he enrolled at the California School of Culinary Arts. During his studies, Mendoza joined Joachim Splichal's Patina Group, starting on the hot line of Nick and Stef's steakhouse.
Mendoza eventually advanced on to Patina Restaurant where he began rigorous pastry training under Michelle Myers. He continued on to work for David Myers at Restaurant Jaan in both savory and pastry areas. Most recently, Ron worked with both David and Michelle at Sona, where his versatility combined with an incessant energy and enthusiasm inspired him to create noteworthy desserts for the restaurant.
This spring, Ron took on the executive pastry chef position at Ortolan and the opportunity to work with critically acclaimed chef Christophe Eme.