Sommelier Jon Cross Joins Patina Restaurant
Los Angeles, Calif.—Patina, the flagship restaurant of Patina Restaurant Group, located inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles, is pleased to announce Jon Cross as the new head sommelier. Cross joins Patina after serving as the corporate wine director for Culinary Lab Restaurant Group, (Hinoki and the Bird, Rosaline, Black Ship) in Los Angeles.
Patina has long been celebrated for its wine list of more than 1,500 selections with fabulous old and young Burgundies, Bordeaux and Rhône bottlings. It runs particularly deep in California, where Chef and Founder Joachim Splichal has collected wines for decades including verticals of “California cult wines,” assembled while building friendships with local winemakers. Patina also has developed selections of exotic, lesser-known wines for guests to discover. Under Cross’s oversight, Patina’s wine program will continue to explore and share the best wine varietals that effortlessly complement Executive Chef Andreas Roller’s contemporary and globally inspired dishes.
"I love looking for up-and-coming regions that are noted for particular wine trends that encompass Patina’s mission and character," says Cross. "I am very fortunate that Patina is allowing me to be imaginative and experimental with our wines. The selection will be modified frequently but always in a way that balances the menu, honors the diverse interests of our guests, and elevates the dining experience.”
“It’s a pleasure and a privilege to spend 30 years building a wine list like ours,” says Joachim Splichal. “It reflects the best of California and my personal favorites from around the world. There are rare wines and fascinating wines and wines that are just fun to try. For me, the joy of dining at Patina is enhanced by the chance to pick out and open a bottle from our cellar.”
Cross got his start in the restaurant business through his family-run restaurant, which fostered his love of the industry. He became passionate about the complexity of taste and the art of flavor pairings. He started out as a self-study sommelier, but his interest in the profession deepened as he began getting certified with fellow oenophiles.
Patina’s wine list has received the Wine Spectator Grand Award every year since 1994—making Patina the longest-winning wine list in Los Angeles. This intensified the challenge of selecting an adventurous and curious sommelier. Cross brings years of experience to Patina, including a previous position as a sommelier at Kendall’s Brasserie, a Patina Restaurant Group concept.
Patina is located at 141 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012. tel: 213-972-3331
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About Patina Restaurant
Located in the spectacular Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles, the flagship restaurant of Patina Restaurant Group expresses the highest culinary ideals of Chef and Founder Joachim Splichal, with cuisine executed by Executive Chef Andreas Roller. This property pampers its guests with seasonal tasting menus, gourmet cheeses and an award-winning wine list. The recipient of a prestigious Michelin star, as well as a rare four-star review from the Los Angeles Times, Patina features a private dining room, chef’s table, stylish late-night cocktail bar, and defines luxury dining on the West Coast. patinarestaurant.com
About Patina Restaurant Group
Patina Restaurant Group is a bicoastal collection of 60+ boutique restaurants in the premium segment of the hospitality industry. Helmed by Chef and Founder Joachim Splichal, and celebrated restaurateur Nick Valenti, the group is known for its unique and impeccable market-driven menus, modern design and décor, exemplary service culture and outstanding beverage program across all locations – offering numerous distinctive, one-of-a-kind dining destinations surrounding celebrated cultural institutions. On the West Coast, its portfolio includes the iconic Michelin-starred Patina Restaurant at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse, Maple at Descanso Gardens, Leatherby’s Café Rouge at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Kendall’s Brasserie and The Boardroom at the Los Angeles Music Center, Ray’s & Stark Bar at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and a world-class catering division, Patina Catering, servicing high-profile events across the country. patinagroup.com