Chef’s Corner

Abel Guzman – Dining Services Director

Since 2014 I’ve had the privilege of working at The Cottages of Carmel as the Dining Services Director. I enjoy the challenge of creating a restaurant quality experience for our discerning residents. My greatest reward is circulating through the dining room and hearing residents say they feel like they are dining at a five-star restaurant. A focus on quality and detail has been my lifelong journey in the culinary arts. My dining service experience began in Cancun, México and has spanned many years and many positions from five-star restaurants to diners and I’ve even owned a food truck. I’ve been a dishwasher, bartender, server, preparation cook, line cook and kitchen manager. In 2004 I married the love of my life and moved to the Monterey Peninsula where I worked in a variety of restaurants and hotels, then I attained a position as sous chef at a prominent retirement community. There I began to refine my skills in specified nutrition needs and discovered I love the challenge of creating an upscale experience for residents. I am grateful for life’s journey and the joy of sharing my love of great dining with others.