Loft at Montage Laguna Beach Puts Chef Overton in Charge of the Chopping Blocks

Chef Casey Overton is at it again, spicing things up to a perfect taste as he leads an all-star cast of award-winning chefs, sommeliers, servers, and fromagiers that is sure to have palates begging for more. We received word late on Monday that Overton has been named Chef de Cuisine for the Loft restaurant at the beautiful ocean resort Montage Laguna Beach in the arts community of Laguna Beach.

“We’re delighted to promote Casey to Chef de Cuisine of The Loft restaurant,” said Todd Orlich, general manager of Montage Laguna Beach. “He has demonstrated superior skills and culinary aptitude since joining us in 2005, and we know that the Loft will flourish under his direction.”

Prior to sizzling things up at the Montage, Overton was heating up the kitchen at Aubergine in Newport Beach. When Overton first joined Montage in 2005 he was an apprentice sharpening his blades under the guidance of the experts at the resort’s signature restaurant for French cuisine, Studio (which we highlight in the upcoming May/June issue of Haute Living Los Angeles, arriving soon). His talent was not overlooked, and in 2007 he gained some ground as the heavens shed light on his hands. Overton was noted for his passion and he was promoted to sous chef to shake things up for those guests seeking tasty cuisine fit for the best.

“I am passionate about providing guests with dishes that showcase wonderful ingredients prepared simply. I like to focus on three to four ingredients in a dish and prepare them perfectly,” he says. “I was drawn to become a chef from an early age. My mother raised my brother and I on her own and worked long hours as a lawyer. I was always in the kitchen preparing meals for my family and loved creating dishes and seeing their reactions. I’m thrilled that my love for food led me to Montage Laguna Beach, where I’m inspired every day by great colleagues, wonderful ingredients and the best produce.”