Andrew Litherland named executive chef at California Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Photo credit: Marriott International

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, Calif., appointed new executive chef Andrew Litherland, who is spearheading all of the culinary operations for the 396-room oceanfront resort and managing a staff of more than 80. Litherland has more than 20 years of culinary experience across multiple Ritz-Carlton properties.

Andrew Litherland. Photo credit: Marriott
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“Selecting Chef Litherland to oversee the resort’s culinary efforts was the perfect choice,” Bruce Brainerd, GM of the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, said in a statement. “He embodies The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel’s culture and brings creativity and fresh perspective to his new role.”

A native of Auckland, New Zealand, Litherland developed his passion for the culinary industry at a young age while cooking alongside his mother and picking produce. He began his career at 11 years old, when he roasted and carved lamb and other New Zealand specialties at a local catering company. Litherland’s international culinary background living and cooking around the world influenced his cooking style.

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“I’ve been honored in my career to cook all over the world—from Japan to Dubai, the Coachella Valley, Miami, and Georgia—which allowed me to work with a handful of unique ingredients and flavor profiles,” Litherland said in a statement. “When I was given the opportunity to join The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, it was the perfect fit as California blends so many cultural influences with seasonal produce. It also feels good to live in a destination that reflects my lifestyle and reminds me of home where I grew up surfing the waves of New Zealand beaches.”

Litherland graduated from Auckland Technical Institute with a bachelor of arts and associate degrees in food hygiene and professional cookery, and basic cookery. Shortly after graduation, he began his career at The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka in Japan, before continuing to establish a culinary presence in new markets and working in the kitchens of other hotels and restaurants across the globe. Litherland has held the executive chef role for over a decade, overseeing the culinary efforts of The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove, Fla.; The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead in Atlanta; The Hotel at Auburn University in Auburn, Ala.; The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta; and most recently The Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds, Lake Oconee in Georgia.

When not in the kitchen, Litherland enjoys visiting his triplet sons, who are currently enrolled in The University of Georgia.