Our Chefs

Chef Christian Monchâtre Level 5 Restaurant & Lounge
Chef Christian Monchâtre - Level 5 Restaurant & Lounge
Born in Paris, Monchâtre began his career in his family owned restaurant in the Loire Valley, France. He brings to Level 5 the experience of leading top restaurants in California, Italy, Germany, and Mexico. Winner of “Chef of the Year” & “Medal of the Chevalier of Merit,” he is also a member of Academie Culinaire de Françe. We invite you to come taste his sophisticated new menu. Learn more.
Chef Estevan Garcia Estevan Restaurante
Chef Estevan Garcia - Estevan Restaurante
Chef Estevan Garcia, a native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, spent many years in Dixon, where at an early age he began his passion for cooking. While studying under the Franciscan Order for four years, he further developed the art of preparing old traditional native cuisine. He is a recognized originator of southwest regional cuisine and has been featured in major publications such as Gourmet, Bon Appetite and the New York Times. Learn more.  
Chef Kathleen Crook - Market Steer Steakhouse Photo by Doug Merriam
Chef Kathleen Crook - Market Steer Steakhouse
In 2018, Chef Crook returned to her native state of New Mexico as owner and executive chef of Market Steer Steakhouse. Here she will share her knowledge of beef, respect for fresh foods, and her own particular brand of joie de vivre with the Santa Fe foodie community. Learn more.
Chef Cristina Martinez De la Tierra Restaurant
Chef Cristina Martinez - De la Tierra Restaurant
Cristina brought her talents back to New Mexico and held positions at Hotel Albuquerque, The Lodge at Santa Fe, Pueblo Harvest Café, and most recently, serving as the Executive Chef of the Artichoke Café. Chef Cristina is generous with her time and talents and has participated in and won numerous charitable culinary events including Chef Knockout, Duke It Out, 505 Food Fight, and the Souper Bowl. In her spare time, Cristina enjoys the arts and explores her other talents as a painter, musician, and singer. Learn more.
Chef Aaron Spring Mezcla
Chef Aaron Spring - Mezcla
Native New Mexican, Chef Aaron, begin his culinary journey working under numerous international chefs at the Hyatt Tamaya Resort and the Route 66 Casino, which inspired his “Southwest meets the world” approach to food. Learn more.