Chef George Neyra, a talented chef with 14 years of kitchen experience at prestigious award-winning hospitality venues, oversees the back-of-the-house operations at Fig and Olive located in Newport Beach’s Fashion Island. He brings his culinary prowess and enthusiasm to this French Riviera influenced restaurant after serving as executive chef at The Ritz Prime Seafood located along Newport Beach’s scenic Mariner’s Mile. He was executive sous chef at Patina Restaurant Group’s Ray’s and Stark Bar at LACMA. Prior to that, he was executive sous chef at Michael Mina’s Forbes Four-Star Stonehill Tavern at the St. Regis Monarch Beach, where he led and mentored a staff of passionate professionals. He has worked as executive sous chef at BlueFire Grille in Westin Tysons Corner in Virginia; as sous chef at AAA Four Diamond The Vue at the Marriott Laguna Cliffs, Dana Point, CA; and at Hush Restaurant in Laguna Beach. Neyra, who was born in Truillo, Peru, is fluent in English and Spanish and received his Diploma in Culinary Arts from Le Cordon Bleu, Pasadena, CA in 2004.