Balboa Bay Resort / Waterline Newport Beach / A&O Kitchen+Bar

Growing up on her family’s citrus grove in Temecula, California, Balboa Bay Resort’s executive chef Rachel Haggstrom is very much influenced by fresh produce and a farm-to-table cooking style. Prior to leading the team at the four-diamond resort and two on-property full service restaurants, Waterline Newport Beach and A&O Kitchen+Bar, chef Rachel perfected her culinary talents at elite culinary destinations in renowned California destinations. “I enjoy using my training and expertise to create fresh and memorable dining experiences for resort guests and the local community.”

Her culinary journey began when she headed to Northern California where she attended and graduated from the California Culinary Academy – Le Cordon Bleu in San Francisco. Post-graduation, chef Rachel honed her skills at elite culinary destinations including “The Dining Room”, the one-star Michelin restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco, “Postrio” with Wolfgang Puck at the Kimpton Hotel San Francisco and at Thomas Keller’s three-starred Michelin restaurant, The French Laundry, where she developed her signature “farm-to-table” cooking style.

After spending the next two years as the sous chef at the five-star St. Regis Monarch Beach, in March of 2014, chef Rachel accepted the position as chef de cuisine at Balboa Bay Resort. She then was promoted to executive chef of the resort in June of 2015.

In her current position as executive chef of the four-diamond resort and two full service on-property restaurants, chef Rachel heads a culinary team that services catered events, banquets, galas and weddings, in addition to the restaurants – where she successfully implements her farm-to-table style into every dish. “There is never a dull moment. Every day is like a new adventure.”

When chef Rachel is not in the kitchen, she enjoys spending time with her young daughter and husband, snowboarding and reading.

About Balboa Bay Resort

Balboa Bay Resort, the only waterfront resort in Newport Beach, offers stunning bay views and sunsets over the Pacific Ocean. The resort features 159 newly renovated guestrooms and suites, each with a private balcony and modern furnishings. Additional features include destination and waterfront dining at Waterline, the resort’s signature; A&O Kitchen+Bar, a waterfront gastropub and bar; BlendTM, an Italian inspired coffee shop, as well as a recently renovated full-service 10,000-square-foot spa; more than 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space; a wealth of outdoor recreation that includes a recently renovated pool locale with a heated swimming pool and whirlpool, along with a wealth of water activities available to rent: Duffy boats, stand-up paddleboards, and kayaks. For information and reservations, please contact Balboa Bay Resort at 949.645.5000; or visit the website at

About Waterline Newport Beach

With its contemporized nautical design, Waterline Newport Beach is a California coastal seafood-inspired and refined full-service restaurant along the waterfront featuring an alluring water-to-table experience. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, Waterline offers a seasonal menu focused on the freshest seafood and highest quality ingredients – a perfectly comfortable and relaxed environment to enjoy delectable cuisine in a beautiful waterfront location.

ABOUT A&O Kitchen+Bar

A&O Kitchen+Bar is a waterfront social gastropub featuring inspired gastropub fare, craft cocktails and beer, daily social hour from 4-6pm and live music Thursday – Saturday evenings (Sunday afternoons from 1-4pm in the summer) – the perfect balance of fun and comfort in a picturesque location along the water’s edge. The interiors are casual and rustic with wood floors, reclaimed barn siding wall and floor accents and live edge wood communal dining tables and bar top.