As executive chef at Oak Gill, Brittany Valles oversees the seasonal menus served at breakfast, lunch and dinner, and is responsible for creating the shareable bites menu enjoyed at Aqua Lounge, a chic and vibrant night-time gathering spot. She is a strong proponent of using locally produced ingredients and whenever possible, utilizes the whole plant or animal for her dishes, which feature bold, bright flavors. Prior to working at Oak Grill and Aqua Lounge, she served as chef de cuisine for seven years at now-closed ink.well by Michael Voltaggio in West Hollywood, Calif. Chef Voltaggio remains a cooking and personal mentor to Valles, along with her early teacher Chef Cole Dickenson, who recognized her potential when she worked with him at Wolfgang Puck Catering at the beginning of her culinary career. Valles gained a prestigious nomination for Star Chefs’ Rising Star Chef in 2017 and was the “Sandwich Queen” in an episode on munchies on Chef’s Night Out. She earned an Associate of Arts degree from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Los Angeles, Pasadena campus in 2010.