Chef Truman Jones's culinary interest began at an early age. Having grown up on a farm, seasonal, fresh, and locally grown were a staple at home. "Some of my fondest memories combine food and family. Like cleaning fresh-picked 'snap' beans on the back porch. We called them 'snap' beans (green beans) because of the sound they made when you broke the tips off." Years later, these memories led him to leave his native Southeast for culinary school in Baltimore. Since then, he's earned his chops in some of the best Mobil Five Star and AAA Five Diamond rated kitchens in the world, including those of the venerable Ritz-Carlton brand and legendary chefs such as Gordon Ramsay. Prior to landing at Ventana Inn & Spa as the Executive Chef, Jones' more than 15 years in the culinary world included stints at the Medici Café and Terrace at The Ritz-Carlton in Las Vegas; helping to launch Gordon Ramsay's namesake restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton in Dublin, Ireland; and working alongside other acclaimed Michelin-starred chefs, like Daniel Humm, formerly of San Francisco's Campton Place; Sandro Gamba of NOMI and Lespinasse fame; and the legendary Guenter Seeger of Atlanta's Seeger's (now closed). The culinary skills Jones garnered in these roles prepared him for his new role as Executive Chef at Ventana, a luxury property in one of California's most iconic destinations.