Meet The Chefs – Starred Restaurant Supports Farm To Table Dining


We invite you to meet the culinary team of chefs at Silver Trumpet. Their commitment to provide a farm to table dining experience supports this starred restaurant as a culinary leader in Orange County.

Carlos Garcia, Executive Chef

Chef Carlos Garcia approaches his art with an infectious enthusiasm. Carlos says that he has found his professional niche after spending his twenties exploring all the major sectors of the culinary world and, as he put it, having way too good of a time during that process. He began his career working at fine dining eateries in Southern California. His restaurant experience lead to a stint in the Sports & Entertainment sector of the food business working in large stadiums and special event pavilions for a national food service corporation. Then he learned what it was like being his own boss with a successful catering company for a couple of years. “While each position taught me valuable skills and lessons in my chosen profession, none provided a clear path to the success that I knew I could achieve given the right career environment,” admitted Carlos. “That is, until I had the opportunity to move into the hospitality industry with the Sheraton Cerritos. I immediately realized that this was the type of environment that I had been looking for.” Then given the opportunity to create something from scratch, Carlos left the hospitality industry to launch the successful LA Brewing Company in downtown LA.  Designing a menu to compliment the vast selection of craft beers, Carlos wowed patrons and critics alike.

Despite all this success, something was still missing for Carlos.  With a desire to combine his experience in the hospitality industry with that of an intimate dining restaurant he took the job as Executive Chef at the Silver Trumpet Restaurant. Conveniently located in the heart of Orange County’s Cultural and Business Center and just steps from the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts and South Coast Plaza, the Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar is the featured restaurant at the Avenue of the Arts Wyndham Hotel. Besides providing a luxurious getaway setting for guests from Los Angeles to San Diego, the hotel is a premier location for corporate functions, conventions, wedding receptions and other special events. Chef Carlos oversees all food service activities for the restaurant and hotel.

Designing menus crafted from the freshest free-range and organic ingredients, Chef Carlos Garcia’s finely prepared contemporary California cuisine is served in a sophisticated dining room surrounded by tranquil lake views and a relaxed modern bar with expanded patio overlooking the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Each season, his dynamic menu is re-imagined around the freshest locally grown and raised bounty and paired with an expertly chosen selection of wines from around the world.