News from La Jolla’s restaurants

— Angel Rodriguez, a server at NINE-TEN Restaurant in La Jolla, has been named the 2010 Food & Beverage Person of the Year by the San Diego County Hotel-Motel Association (SDHMA).

The award was bestowed upon Angel by San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, in front of of nearly 500 members of the local hospitality/tourism industry at the annual Gold Key Awards Dinner.

“The Energizer Bunny may have originally been created as a character developed to sell batteries on television. Today, however, it has become a pop-culture phrase to describe someone with strength, determination and a spirit to keep going, and going and going,” said Terry Underwood, general manager of NINE-TEN and the Grande Colonial Hotel, where the restaurant is located. “To Angel Rodriguez, it’s all that and more. For him, it has been a heart-felt philosophy since March 2002 when he joined our team as a table busser.”

He knew that in order for him to continue growing in his career in the hospitality industry, he would need to master the English language. In July of 2007, after studying and practicing and becoming fluent in English, he achieved his next goal: Being promoted to a server at NINE-TEN. His new position required him to learn how to describe complex and involved dishes, constantly changing ingredients, wines from all over the world and recommended wine pairings.

In late 2008, Angel became the lead day server for NINE-TEN and in December, Rodriguez began supervising the restaurant, in addition to serving. Now in 2011, he is starting to serve at night

— Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef Ron Oliver from The Marine Room recently won the “Top Chef Korean Food Challenge” at the San Diego Wine and Culinary Center in downtown San Diego .  Their first prize consisted of two round-trip tickets to Korea sponsored by Asiana Airlines and a cash prize of $1,000.

Each team represented a color from the Korean flag; white, red and blue respectively. The three teams of two chefs each randomly hand-picked an authentic Korean recipe written on a scroll and had 30 minutes to recreate the dish using all the ingredients from a basket that they were presented and were encouraged to interpret the dish by adding their own flair and culinary styles.

The private event was sponsored by the Korea Tourism Organization and was hosted by Cathlyn Choi, the host and producer of Cathlyn’s Korean Kitchen.” To learn more about Buzz-Korea, go to  HYPERLINK “”

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