Chef Jonah Amodt
Chef Jonah Amodt feels at home in the kitchen, as it was always the gathering place in his childhood home. Growing up in the rainy Pacific Northwest, he cherished the summer season outdoor festivals, especially when he helped prepare food for a family friend’s local catering company. As a teenager, he realized how much he enjoyed cooking and dreamt of becoming a restaurant chef.
Following the sun to warmer climates, Chef Jonah attended culinary school in Arizona and started his career at a luxury hotel on the Caribbean’s U.S. Virgin Island of St. John. Perfecting his skills and advancing his career, sous chef opportunities took him to Hawaii and later back to his home state of Washington to help lead a James Beard Award-winning restaurant. In 2014, he landed in sunny Newport Beach to join The Resort at Pelican Hill as sous chef for Andrea.
Now at the helm of Andrea, Chef Jonah is cooking up authentic Italian favorites featuring fresh, simple ingredients. Outside the kitchen, you can find him soaking up the Southern California sun while visiting parks and playing sports with his young family.