John Locher, Executive Chef
After “cutting his teeth” at Sonoma’s famed “The General’s Daughter” restaurant, John has contributed to the success of a multitude of Fine-Dining Establishments and Wineries in Sonoma & Napa Counties as both a professional culinarian and wine & food pairing consultant; specifically Equus Restaurant at the Fountaingrove Inn (Santa Rosa), Felix & Louie’s (formerly in Healdsburg), Viansa Winery, Beringer Winery, Chateau St. Jean Winery, Wilson Winery, Mazzocco Winery, Chateau Souverain Winery, and Elaine Bell Catering Company in Napa, where he lead professional culinary teams in serving acclaimed guests such as Aerosmith, The Wailers, Roger Daltrey & Pete Townshend, John Mayer, and many more. He then went on to open Prelude Restaurant at the Green Music Center where he achieved a average 4.5-star Rating on Open Table by utilizing local produce, sustainably-grown meats & seafood, and hand-crafted desserts in artfully-orchestrated combinations, paired with local wines and craft brews. Chef John then sojourned to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for approximately a year where he served as a Chef Instructor at the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School in Miami. After returning to Sonoma County, he resumed his pursuit and passion which has always laid in the wine & food experience, and has collaborated with multiple wine educators and chefs to further hone his wine & food pairing skills.