Ojai Valley Inn Welcomes Acclaimed Chef Jordan Pilarski as the Executive Pastry Chef

The award-winning Ojai Valley Inn, a luxury resort in Ojai, California with a legacy as a leading culinary destination, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jordan Pilarski as Executive Pastry Chef. Chef Jordan Pilarski will lead the pastry programs at Ojai Valley Inn’s flagship restaurant, Olivella, as well as The Oak, Libbey’s Market, Jimmy’s Pub, and all in-room dining and special events.

Ojai Valley Inn Welcomes Chef Jordan Pilarski as Executive Pastry Chef

With nearly a decade of pastry experience, the Johnson & Wales graduate spent five years with Ritz-Carlton at Amelia Island and Bacara before joining the team at Santa Barbara’s Alessia Patisserie and Cafe.


A regular contestant and guest judge on The Food Network, Pilarski most recently won the head-to-head Pastry Episode of “Alex vs. America, Season 2” featuring acclaimed Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, the third season of its annual “Spring Baking Championship,” and served as judge on the first and second seasons of the “Christmas Cookie Challenge.”


Pilarski brings a distinct culinary voice to Ojai Valley Inn with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients and traditional French pastry techniques. He will spearhead the pastry programming across the lauded resort’s restaurants and culinary events venue, The Farmhouse, as well as in-room dining menus and rotating seasonal offerings.


“We are proud to welcome Chef Pilarski, who inspires us with his global perspective and passion for pastry,” says Ben Kephart, Food and Beverage Manager at Ojai Valley Inn. “His ambition speaks for itself, and we look forward to seeing him lead our robust pastry program and team to further enhance our elevated culinary offerings.”

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As a baking and pastry professional, Pilarski brings a creative spin to traditional pastry techniques and presentations. In regard to his new role at Ojai Valley Inn, Pilarski said, “I am thrilled to have joined the culinary team at Ojai Valley Inn. I look forward to utilizing all that Ojai’s seasonal ingredients have to offer in my creations across the property. The Inn fosters a diverse work environment where I’m excited to learn and grow with some of the biggest names in the culinary world.”


About Ojai Valley Inn

Tucked within the Topatopa Mountains in the mystical Ojai Valley, the iconic Ojai Valley Inn continues to redefine luxury, beckoning travelers since its opening in 1923 to the tranquil setting known as “Shangri La.” Located 90 minutes north of Los Angeles on 220 sprawling acres, the resort balances the relaxed glamor of Southern California with reverence for the unspoil­ed natural beauty of the region for an unrivaled experience that embodies the authentic spirit of Ojai. Ojai Valley Inn offers an abundance of freshly renewed accommodations, championship-caliber golf, world-class dining and event spaces, an award-winning spa and wellness activities, kid-friendly programming, and amenities for inspired escapes. For more information, please visit https://www.ojaivalleyinn.com.


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