Chef John McLaughlin and his wife, Ria, own and operate At Last Café over four years ago, named At Last Café by Chef John’s mother, Lorraine, because they were finally doing it, finally opening a restaurant!
Chef John’s restaurant experience started as a teenager, busing tables, then graduating to line cook for the Reubens Restaurant chain. After getting married, he continued to work in restaurants while attending Long Beach State. At the same time, he was on the waiting list for the Culinary Institute of America in upstate New York. He and Ria left for a cross country trip to New York from California, where he attended the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) .
Experience in the restaurant industry went from working and traveling on private aircraft for Fluor Corporation, an eleven year job with the Marriott chain at their fine dining restaurant in Anaheim, JW’s Restaurant, to designing and preparing the hors d’oeuvres menu for the 2007 and 2008 Academy Awards Show green room. Chef John has also taught at Long Beach City College, The Art Institute and Sur La Table. In 1991, Orange Coast Magazine proclaimed him “Best Chef” in Orange County.
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