Chef Louis Eguaras, PSB, CPEC, CPFC (Faculty)
Chef Eguaras is the Department Chair and one of the Full Time Faculty members of the Professional Studies/Culinary Arts Department. As the Department Chair, Chef Eguaras is responsible of everything that goes on in the Culinary Arts Program. He has over 30 years’ experience in the culinary arts industry and received his culinary arts education and training from the United States Navy’s Culinary Arts Academy in San Diego, CA in 1992. While in the United States Navy, Chef Eguaras was stationed at Camp David Presidential Retreat and the privilege of cooking for President Bush, Sr., First Lady Bush and other guests of the President and The White House in Washington, D.C. and had the privilege of cooking for President Bill Clinton, First Lady Hillary Clinton, Senior Staff Members and many senators, congressmen/women, dignitaries and celebrities. In 1993, he received the prestigious Presidential Service Badge (PSB) Honor for outstanding culinary services at The White House and Camp David for President Bush Sr. and President Clinton’s presidential administrations. Chef Eguaras is a proud veteran of the United States Navy.
Chef Eguaras has a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality & Restaurant Management from New England Culinary Institute (NECI) and an Associate’s Degree (AA) in History from College of the Canyons. He is a Certified Personal Fitness Chef (CPFC) from Spencer Institute and a Certified Professional Executive Chef (CPEC) from the International Presidential Culinary Association (IPCA). He has been awarded “Academic Excellence” at New England Culinary Institute (2009) and was Chef Editor of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts’ newsletter, The Culinarian, for three years.
Chef Eguaras is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestselling book “101 Things I Learned in Culinary School” and is available in ten different languages - English, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Chinese (Traditional & Simplified), Korean and Japanese. You can pick up a copy on Amazon, eBay, Barnes & Noble and many fine booksellers worldwide. He was Spokesperson for Sara Lee Brand – The Joy of Eating 2007 Marketing Campaign – Did more than 60 radio and television interviews and demos all across the country.
Chef Eguaras is a proud member of the American Culinary Federation (ACF), International Food Service Executives Association (IFSEA), Slow Food USA, National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA) and International Food Service Executives Association (IFSEA). He is also certified to teach ServSafe®, a sanitation and safety course that provides students with a Food Protection Manager’s Certification. Chef Eguaras is a proud member and President of the International Presidential Culinary Association (IPCA).
Chef Eguaras has taught at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts – Los Angeles in Pasadena for over 5 years (faculty since 2004) and has been teaching at the Culinary Arts Institute at Los Angeles Mission College since 2010. He has over 10 years’ experience teaching Culinary Arts and Baking & Patisserie classes and this gives students at LAMC an edge!
For any questions regarding our Culinary Arts Program, please do not hesitate to contact Chef Louis Eguaras at 818.364.7706 or via email at email@example.com.
Chef Louis Zandalasini, M. Ed., CFE (Faculty)
Chef Zandalasini has over 30 years in the culinary arts industry. Chef Zandalasini has an Associate’s Degree (AS) in Hotel & Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts from Santa Barbara City College, a Bachelor’s Degree (BS) in Management from Golden Gate University and a Master’s Degree in Education from California State University, Northridge. Chef Zandalasini is certified to teach ServSafe®, a sanitation and safety course that provides students with a Food Protection Manager’ Certification.
Chef Zandalasini has taught at Santa Barbara City College for 10 years and joined the Culinary Arts Institute @ Los Angeles Mission College’s Culinary Arts Department in 1993. Currently you can find Chef Zandalasini teaching Dining Room & Beverage Management and Principles of Catering courses under the Culinary Arts Institute. Chef Zandalasini is a proud member of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and the International Food Service Executives Association (IFSEA).
Chef Jesse Sanchez, CEC (Faculty)
Chef Sanchez is one of the Full Time Chef Instructors and has been working at Los Angeles Mission College for 9 years as an Instructional Assistant and over 4 years as a Chef Instructor (Faculty). He has over 25 years’ experience in all aspects of the hospitality industry, where he has acquired most of his training working from breakfast, lunch and dinner, to elaborate banquets and elegant seven course fine dining events. He also has worked in Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village for nearly 30 years.
Chef Sanchez has an Associate’s Degree (AA) in Food Service Management from the Culinary Arts Institute at Los Angeles Mission College and has taken several Continuing Education courses at The Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley California. He has taught several classes such as Culinary Fundamentals I, Culinary Fundamentals II, Baking & Patisserie I, Introduction to Garde Manger, and Purchasing & Receiving. Chef Sanchez was Sous Chef at North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village for 8 years and Culinary Consultant for Maynet Communications in Corona, CA.
Chef Sanchez has won several awards and medals from participating in numerous competitions from the American Culinary Federation. He also won a Silver Medal in 2007 from California Cheese Counsel, a Silver Medal in 2008 from California Olive Oil Counsel and a Silver Medal in 2008 for the Alaskan Salmon Competition. He is also a current trainer for the C-Cap program at Los Angeles Mission College, where he assists and trains high school students. He is also a member of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing and exercises his practice ordering materials to operate the Culinary Art Institute services and classes throughout the semesters. He is an active community member participating in scholarship fundraising banquets, Career Day, Healthy Awareness programs and is currently engaged with the new movement of Vegetarianism, Gluten Free, and Vegan-Raw-Super Foods.
Chef Sanchez is a proud member of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and the International Food Service Executives Association (IFSEA) and has the distinguished rank of CEC (Certified Executive Chef) from the ACF.
Chef Trinidad Silva (Faculty)
Chef Trinidad Silva earned an Associate of Science degree in Hotel Restaurant and Culinary from Santa Barbara City College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Hotel Restaurant Management from New England Culinary Institute. He began to work in the foodservice industry while he attended culinary school cooking in restaurants, hotels, and private clubs in the Santa Barbara area. His first job in a professional kitchen was as a pastry chef at ROCO bakery in Santa Barbara. While he earned his culinary degree, Chef Silva also worked for several large catering companies cooking for weddings, corporate parties and gala events.
After culinary school Chef Silva became the sous chef at La Capannina di Santa Barbara, a northern Italian bistro. From there he went to work at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California. Chef Silva became the executive chef at a private ranch on Santa Cruz Island, California creating fine dining events for the Nature Conservancy’s Philanthropy program. After seven years with the Nature Conservancy, Chef Silva got married, had a son and began teaching at Le Cordon Bleu Los Angeles where he worked as a Chef Instructor for 10 ½ years teaching Culinary Arts and Baking & Patisserie.
In February 2015 Chef Silva became a Full Time Faculty Chef Instructor at the Culinary Arts Institute at Los Angeles Mission College.
Chef Ramiro Villegas
Instructional Assistant (AM)
Chef Villegas is an Instructional Assistant (AM) and has an Associate’s Degree (AA) in Food Service Management from Los Angeles Mission College. He is currently working on his Bachelor’s Degree (BS) in Business with the focus in Hospitality & Restaurant Management. Chef Villegas has been in the industry for over 20 years and which ten years of that was one of the chefs at Sodexo Group, a world famous food service management company specializing in quality corporate and commercial food service.
As an Instructional Assistant, Chef Villegas has been helping the chef instructors in classes such as Culinary Orientation & Techniques, Culinary Fundamentals I and II, and the Professional Baking classes. He was also the ASO LAMC Culinary Club Advisor for two years where he guided and mentored students in their endeavors to promote the club. Currently, you will find Chef Villegas running Servery Café & Grille and coordinating the many catering functions we have onsite and offsite. Chef Villegas is a proud member of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and the International Food Service Executives Association (IFSEA).
Chef Magdalena Padron
Trainer/Presenter & Adjunct Faculty
Chef Padron got her passion for the kitchen life at the young age of 6. Always by her mother’s side in the kitchen; she soon picked up basic skills like doing dishes, stirring hot food on the stove and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. She began helping her mother with her catering company by prepping and delivering parties on the weekends. After high school Chef Padron decided to enroll in the Culinary Arts program at Los Angeles Mission College; while at LAMC she was able to build a strong foundation of culinary knowledge. She is a recipient of the LAMC Dean’s List for having a 3.5 GPA throughout her studies. She also competed in several American Culinary Federation Culinary competitions and obtained silver and bronze medals. Simultaneously, Chef Padron started working in the hospitality industry as a FOH caterer for Sodexho in Silverlake, California. While working as a caterer, she observed the chefs in kitchen. She was eager to be a part efficient and professional group of chefs.
Chef Padron slowly transitioned into working BOH. She worked for a year at LAMC, when the ‘old kitchen’ existed, as a short order line cook (student worker). While there the opportunity came up to work for several catering and event companies such as My World On a Plate, Syndicate Hospitality and SBE all based out of Los Angeles, California. She worked in the industry while going to school; Chef Padron obtained her Bachelor in Science Hospitality Management at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. After graduation, the opportunity to live in Hawai’i arose and Chef Padron moved. While in Hawai’i, where she lived for almost 4 years, she worked for EatHonolulu as line cook and worked her way up to Kitchen Manager and Catering Chef. With the catering opportunity there, Chef was able to see the island. Caterings took her to different settings from weddings at beach front oasis’ to corporate Christmas parties in downtown Honolulu to private homes of Oahu’s elite. Chef Padron missed California and decided to move back. She currently assists with introductory culinary classes at LAMC and teaches Intro to Culinary at Camp Scott.
Chef Alicia Martinez
Culinary Arts Program Assistant
(Assistant Kitchen Manager)
Alicia Martinez was born in a very small town in Jalisco, Mexico. She comes from a very long line of family in the culinary arts field and by the age of ten she knew how to cook and did so for her family. Through-out her life, she has been an owner of a catering business, which took care of small events, like weddings, birthdays, quincineras, and also a catering route. Alicia has been working in the Main Production Kitchen since 2011 as the Assistant Kitchen Manager and reports and assists the Instructional Assistants and chef instructors in managing all operations at the Culinary Arts Institute. She is a member of the American Culinary Federation and International Food Service Executives Association.