Enjoy exquisite indoor or outdoor oceanfront dining in our Water’s Edge Dining Room or drop in anytime to the Bistro on the Sands for more casual fare. Sip a glass of wine and watch the ocean waves at the Ocean Bar. Our flexible dining plan offers many options to enjoy our fresh, diverse menu (including vegan and vegetarian options), created by Chef David Bland and his talented culinary team. We look forward to serving you!
Chef David has been with White Sands since 2015. He previously worked as the executive chef at Portobello Yacht Club at Walt Disney World and was a personal chef for actor John Travolta. He studied at the Southeastern Culinary Institute.
Q: What do you enjoy most about working at White Sands La Jolla?
A: I enjoy sharing my love for food and wine with the residents, mentoring my sous chefs and training the staff. I also love sharing new and exciting dishes with the residents and team.
Q: How would you describe your cooking style?
A: I have a simplistic food philosophy: Food should be king. I bring the freshest ingredients and allow the food to speak for itself. Drawing from French, Italian and Asian influences, I have a true love for California cuisine.
Q: What’s your favorite item on the menu?
A: I love lamb, so the Osso Buco made from lamb is likely my favorite thing right now. I also love cooking in front of the residents at the scallop action station, where we sear the scallops and serve them with arugula, truffle oil and parmesan cheese.
Q: What do you like to cook at home?
A: I enjoy cooking all day at home for my family. This includes braising meats, slow cooking ribs, grilling a whole striped bass and steaming lobster with garlic butter.
Q: What’s a tip or technique you use in the kitchen that people may not know about?
A: It is important to layer the flavor in food. Starting with flavor and building it throughout the cooking process is essential to creating the perfect dish. I teach our chefs to taste everything from the beginning to better understand how the dish is developing.
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