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About Our Chefs

Greg Cole, Chef/Owner

bio_greg.jpgGreg Cole is the executive chef and owner of Celadon and Cole's Chop House, both located in historic downtown Napa. His love of food and wine has created two of the most highly respected restaurants in the Napa Valley. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, he came to the Napa Valley in 1985 to work with Chef Philippe Jeanty in the kitchen of Domaine Chandon. He went on to chef positions at Pasta Prego and Ristorante Piatti. In 1990 Greg’s passion for wine led him to join the winemaking team of Robert Sinskey Vineyards. At Sinskey, Greg worked with respected winemakers Joe Cafaro and Jeff Virnig. In addition to cellar work, he promoted wine sales throughout the country. He cooked and hosted dinners pairing food and wine in top restaurants and cooking schools nationwide.


Jesús Méndez, Chef De Cuisine

bio_jesus.jpgJesús Méndez is the Chef De Cuisine of Cole's Chop House. A native of the state of Jalisco in central Mexico, Chef Méndez arrived in California in 1985 to work with Greg Cole at Pasta Prego, an authentic Italian Trattoria inspired and designed by noted San Francisco restaurateur Carlo Middione in the city of Napa. His next position took him to Silverado Country Club in Napa where he cooked in both the Royal Oak Steak House and Vintner's Court Restaurant.

went on to cook at Fusilli Ristorante in Fairfield CA, working his way up to chef. While at Fusilli, he worked with Chef Mark Allen Catrambone currently chef de cuisine of The Restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton in Boston. He left Fusili in 1997 to work for Robert Sinskey Vineyards in both the cellar and kitchen where he worked with wine maker Jeff Virnig and chef Maria Helm. While working with Maria Helm, Chef Méndez had the opportunity to assist in the Culinary Program at RSV and work with a group of notable chefs including Charles Dale of Renaissance in Aspen, James Ormsby of Red Herring in San Francisco, Michael Schloss of Cafe Louis in Boston, Donia Bijan of L'Amie Donia and Jesse Cool of Flea Street Cafe both of Palo Alto.

For two years prior to the opening of Cole's Chop House, Chef Méndez worked in the kitchen of Celadon with Chefs Greg Cole and Zolian Ruiz.

Rodney Morris, Sous Chef




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