The Ritz-Carlton Marina Del Rey Welcomes New Pastry Chef

New pastry chef Vanessa Johnson joins the Westside resort just in time for Valentine’s Day

Chef Vanessa Johnson will showcase her talent as the new pastry chef of Cast & Plow in the Ritz-Carlton, Marina Del Rey.

Pastry chef Vanessa Johnson has joined the Ritz-Carlton, Marina Del Rey kitchen team at their signature Cast & Plow restaurant.

Having worked in kitchens across the country at The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles; Le Cirque at the Bellagio in Las Vegas; and most recently the Capella Pedregal Hotel & Spa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Johnson returns to the Ritz-Carlton chain to create unique desserts, breads, and pastries.

This Valentine’s Day, Johnson will showcase her talent by creating a stunning presentation for couples to enjoy after their meal that consists of a glass adorned with circles of raspberry purée and agar and filled with crème fraîche panna cotta, raspberry foam, and a homemade macaroon, and topped with an edible flower.

Cast & Plow celebrates its one-year anniversary this month, and executive chef Umit Kaygusuz will be offering a special Valentine’s Day menu including smoked mahi crudo, striped bass with winter vegetables, beef rossini, and mushroom orzotto.


Minutes from LAX, Venice Beach, Santa Monica, and Beverly Hills, The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey offers a peaceful retreat drawing on the soothing elements of the surrounding ocean. Guests can admire the exceptional scenery from each of the 304 guest rooms and suites, featuring private balconies; the farm-to-table restaurant Cast & Plow, highlighting locally sourced ingredients; L.A.’s only waterfront pool; and the luxury spa.