Amy DiBiase, Executive Chef
Celebrated Chef Amy DiBiase is back at the helm of Baleen's bayside kitchen, working as Executive Chef and developing a new waterfront dining experience slated to launch at Paradise Point later this year. DiBiase, who previously worked as Chef de Cuisine at Baleen from 2006 to 2008, recently rejoined the team after serving as Chef de Cuisine at The Shores Restaurant in La Jolla.
Almost a decade has passed since DiBiase arrived on the San Diego restaurant scene. After obtaining her Culinary Arts and Food Service Management degrees from Johnson & Wales University, she accepted a job at Laurel Restaurant and Bar in San Diego. Within her first five years, she worked her way up from Cook to Executive Chef. She was then hired as Chef de Cuisine at Baleen, where she worked for 2 years. Her inventive food earned her and the hotel accolades, making her one of San Diego's top chefs. DiBiase also assisted in the opening of fine dining restaurant Roseville in Point Loma, which established her credibility as a sought-after chef.
In the kitchen, DiBiase is known for putting a California twist on Italian and French cuisine. As a member of San Diego's Cooks Confab, she promotes responsible San Diego restaurant menus that incorporate fresh, local, and sustainable ingredients. This style complements Paradise Point's mission to infuse regional flavors into their waterfront restaurants.
DiBiase was raised in Hollis, Maine, where she grew up watching her parents operate a family restaurant. When she's not cooking, DiBiase donates time to local events and charities, including the San Diego Center for Children, the Center for Community Solutions, Chef Celebration, and Olivewood Gardens.