Adam Timney, "El Jefe," (Executive Chef)
As Timney was in the process of developing
the Starbelly menu with the restaurant team, he was asked to cook and present the
foods he loves to eat. What you’ll find at Starbelly is exactly that: unfussy yet
thoughtful California comfort food that appeals to a broad range of tastebuds, served
in a comfortable, relaxed environment. Timney honed his culinary talent and kitchen
management skills at San Francisco’s high-profile Bacar, and prior to that, at Eos
restaurant and wine salon. He also spent time at the beloved salumeria Boccolone,
where he developed the knowledge he puts to work in creating house-cured meats for
his Starbelly salumi plate.
Roman Padilla, "Il Maestro," (Restaurant Manager)
Artistic passion. The philosophy of eating locally, supporting small growers, and
drinking local wines rings true with this California native from Monterey. When Roman moved to the Bay Area to pursue a degree in Art at the
California College of the Arts, he found himself falling in love with the
burgeoning California Cuisine culture. Working in some of the bay areas top
restaurants such as Azie, Farallon, Grasshopper, Venus, Bacar and Chow, Roman
developed not only a passion for the industry but a drive towards genuine
hospitality. To him, the heart of service is an understanding
of the finer details presented with care and enthusiasm.
Jessica Spencer, "La Patrona," (General Manager)
The culture of a restaurant from the menu, to the atmosphere, to the guest experience has always fascinated Jessica . Wowing her guests from the minute they walk through the door is something she feels passionately about. She started her restaurant career 12 years ago and has worked on all levels of operations. Developing her team to give the best possible guest experience is her expertise. While living in Guadalajara she opened her own cafe and has enjoyed experiencing the restaurant culture in other parts of the world. Part of being a Californian is enjoying the incredible local food and wine and the reason why she is so thrilled to be a member of the Starbelly team.