Meet The Team
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Chef Micah Severeid
Executive Sous Chef
Growing up on a cattle ranch in the American West, Chef Micah learned to raise livestock by honing skills in the field and thriving on hearty family meals. As a young cook learning on the job from nearly every corner of the kitchen, Chef Micah handily absorbed culinary skills and embraced the artistry of assembling a composed plate. He pursued his ambition to explore global cuisines and learn from world-renowned chefs, such as Alain Ducasse, Hubert Keller and Roy Yamaguchi. From Las Vegas to the Napa Valley and from Utah’s Salt Lake City to California’s Newport Beach, Chef Micah developed a self-proclaimed passion for “cooking food to eat like a king.”
In joining The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe along the Southern California coast, Chef Micah’s inspiration moved from mountains and valleys to the coast and the sea.
Chef Gunnar Planter
Gunnar joins the culinary team as Banquet Manager for The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. He handles all wedding and banquet production with ten years’ experience in the culinary industry. He served his apprenticeship in Rancho Santa Fe at Mille Fleurs working his way to the Sous Chef position. Gunnar specializes in French and California regional cuisine. He has a passion for Farm to Table cuisine and enjoys the local San Diego craft beer movement.
Director of Food & Beverage
Michelle oversees all Food & Beverage operations. She has over 15 years in upper management level hospitality and restaurant experience. She spent 8 years with Ladeki Restaurant Group as a Regional Manager, growing the Sammy's Woodfired Pizza local brand. Michelle and her husband moved to the Bay Area where she successfully opened La Boulange de Walnut Creek and served as General Manager for Guy Fieri's restaurant Johnny Garlic's. Upon her return to San Diego, she opened Seasons 52, La Jolla, as the Assistant Managing Partner. Her passion for the hospitality industry and expertise in branding and Food & Beverage operations shines through as she leads her team to deliver our brand of service excellence.
Assistant Restaurant Manager
Blake is responsible for overseeing daily operations in Morada, The Huntsman and in-room dining. In addition, he also manages the beverage program for the restaurant and banquets. Prior to working at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, he spent six years at the Rancho Bernardo Inn gaining valuable experiences in all areas of food and beverage. His last two years at Rancho Bernardo Inn were spent as Assistant General Manager of Avant, where he was able to fine-tune his skills as a manager and develop a true passion for food, wine and service.