Share your talents, background and expertise.Executive Chef Ron Stewart has a distinguished and exemplary background in the culinary arts. After attending the esteemed Culinary Institute in Hyde Park, NY, Ron took his skills abroad. Following a 1 year apprenticeship at La Galleria Ristorante in the Netherlands, Chef Ron founded Mare Blu, an upscale Italian/Mediterranean restaurant and boutique catering business based in central California. After 7 successful years there and receiving acclaim by Gourmet Magazine and being featured on Sunset Magazines television series, "Best of California," his talents were requested by the St. John Restaurant Group in the Virgin Islands to reopen 3 failing restaurants. In a very short time, he revitalized all three outlets and not only brought them out of near closure but increased their revenue by over one million annually. Upon returning to his home turf of southern California, Chef Ron spent two years as a private chef in Beverly Hills where he both conceptualized and executed dinner parties in a multimillion dollar estate. Before moving to Oregon, Chef Ron opened Pearl Global Cuisine in the heart of Santa Barbara, California wine country. By this time, he had already gained a reputation among some of Hollywood's A list celebrities. His culinary prowess has been requested by such celebrities as Josh Brolin, Diane Lane, Tony Bennett, and Barbara Streisand, just to name a few.