Tony J. Baker, born in Bristol, England entered the next phase of his culinary career in May of 1997 as the Executive Chef for Montrio, one of Monterey County's most popular restaurants, which is housed in the historic 1910 Monterey firehouse, has been graced with the culinary talents of this young chef.
Baker graduated from culinary school in 1989 and proceeded to exercise his exceptional culinary talents at many Micelin acclaimed hotels in England such as the Lucknam Park Hotel, England's 1991 Hotel of the Year, and Hintlesham Hall, both of which are Relais and Chateaux. During this time he was awarded the 1991 Frank Hawley Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Culinary arts. During his tenure at Lucknam Park Hotel, Tony treated Princess Diana of Wales' mother, Reine Spencer, to his talents at her wedding reception. He also prepared a banquet for a conference hosted by former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.