Newport Beach, CA
17-19 May 2024
2024 will mark the 8th year that Robb Report convenes the nation’s brightest culinary minds for a luxurious epicurean retreat. Gather with fellow RR1 Members and flavor-seekers from across the world to savor extraordinary wine-paired meals, learn from our Culinary Masters and Robb Report editors, and soak in the cliffside paradise that is the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach.
Philanthropy is at the heart of each Culinary Masters experience. At our gala dinner, we invite guests to participate in silent and live auctions to raise funds for our partner charity, the V Foundation, and the significant work they do in cancer research.
We look forward to welcoming you!
RR1 Members receive preferred pricing which will be applied during registration.
The 2024 Culinary Masters
EXECUTIVE CHEF AND OWNER
CROWN SHY, SAGA
CHEF JAMES KENT
James Kent is executive chef and owner of Crown Shy and SAGA restaurants, both located in the landmark Art Deco building at 70 Pine Street in New York’s Financial District. Crown Shy, the first of those restaurants, opened in March 2019. Just six months later, the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star. SAGA, a fine-dining restaurant in the tiered spire of the building, opened in August of 2021. In October 2022, SAGA was awarded two Michelin stars. One floor above SAGA is Overstory, a cocktail bar ranked 17 on the list of the World’s 50 Best Bars.
DIRECTOR OF CULINARY OPERATIONS
RESORT AT PELICAN HILL
CHEF KYUNG SOO CARROLL
Chef Kyung Carroll, born in Seoul, South Korea, is the esteemed Director of Culinary Operations at the Resort at Pelican Hill. His culinary journey began in high school, under the mentorship of a retired Walt Disney World Chef and Culinary Institute of America graduate. His career highlights include a transformative stint at Google as a regional chef, and a unique experience at a Pomona property on a 6-acre farm. At The Resort at Pelican Hill, Chef Carroll focuses on seasonal, local ingredients, striving to create memorable dining experiences. He values simplicity in cooking and aims to keep the food waste to a minimum. He is also committed to giving back to his community, participating in various charitable events and fostering a network of local chefs to discuss industry trends and support local activities.
The Resort at Pelican Hill
22701 S Pelican Hill Rd
Newport Beach, CA 92657
Accommodations are included in the Full Experience packages. If you would like to upgrade your room type or extend your stay, please let us know.
The Auction & Charity
Philanthropy has always been at the heart of Culinary Masters and this year we are proud to partner once again with the V Foundation for Cancer Research. The V Foundation was founded by ESPN and legendary basketball coach Jim Valvano with one goal in mind: to achieve Victory Over Cancer®. Since its formation in 1993, the V Foundation has awarded over $310 million in cancer research grants nationwide and has grown to become one of the premier supporters of cutting-edge cancer research.
On Friday, May 17 we'll host our gala dinner. The silent auction items will be on display and available for bidding with fantastic offerings from our luxury partners throughout the evening. After being seated for the dinner, our exciting live auction commences with some of our most exclusive experiences and services! All proceeds from our silent and live auctions will go to the V Foundation and are tax deductible in accordance with standard auction deductions.
Add to Your Experience
Looking to add event more ‘seasoning’ to your trip? Culinary Masters guests will enjoy preferred pricing to golf at the prestigious Pelican Hill Golf Club or experience their gorgeous spa.
Pelican Hill Golf Club:
The 36 holes of world-class golf weave their way through stunning terrain and breathtaking vistas, with every lie, every shot and every hole designed to perfectly compliment the natural landscape. When jaw-dropping scenery is par for the course, you’ll need to remind yourself to keep your eye on the ball. Open daily from 7 AM to 5 PM. https://www.pelicanhill.com/golf/
The Spa at Pelican Hill:
A haven within a retreat – a place for wellness, for healing, and forinspiration in a setting of Pacific splendor. Whatever stresses, aches or imblanaces youv’e brought with you, The Spa at Pelican Hill is where they melt away. Open daily from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM. https://www.pelicanhill.com/spa/
7:00 - 11:00 AM
Breakfast at Leisure
Enjoy the breakfast delights available at the Coliseum Pool & Grill.
Breakfast at the pool is included in the Full Experience package.
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Cooking Class & “Iron Chef” Competition
Put on your apron and sharpen your culinary prowess as your team works to create a course under the instruction of a Robb Report Culinary Master. Last year's course was a Triple Seared NY Strip Loin with Egyptian Pepper Sauce! Which chef's team will be crowned the 2024 winner?
2:00 - 3:30 PM
Spirits Tasting/Mixology Class
A blend of education and indulgence, elevate your apprecation of spirits in this immersive tasting and expert-led class.
4:00 - 4:30 PM
Fireside Chat with Culinary Master and Robb Report Culinary Editor
A rare opportunity to delve into the minds of culinary masterminds!
7:00 - 10:00 PM
Closing Night Barbecue Festival Dinner
As the sun sets on our final evening, the festivities reach a joyous zenith. Feast on a sumptuous buffet and savore the smoky allure of a gourmet barbecue dinner.
*Schedule is subject to change
FULL PACKAGE INCLUDES:
All scheduled meals, plus wine pairings with each dinner
All activities within the schedule
Transportation to and from Lugano Diamonds on Sunday
Accommodations for 2 nights: May 17 & 18. 1 room per package. Additional nights as well as upgrades to suites are upon request & based on availability.
FULL PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Flights are not included in your package
At-leisure meals and any food or beverages purchased through your room or separately at the hotel are not included
Spa services and other at-leisure activities not detailed in the itinerary
The Chef's Dinner on Thursday, May 16 which may be purchased as an add on in your registration. Space is very limited.
* If you need an additional room or would like to upgrade to a suite at any of the properties, we are happy to offer a preferred price. Additional rooms and upgrades are subject to availability.