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dominic ainza
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AOS, California Culinary Academy
San Francisco
Culinary Arts
ā€œIā€™m just a cook,ā€ Chef Dominic Ainza simplifies, but behind his humility is an intensely creative passion for food and strong ambition to elevate the cuisine that is closest to his heart.

What sets Chef Dominic apart is experience, accolade and vision. As a graduate with honors at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, he is classically trained in French techniques. Prior to opening mercury appetizer bar in the Marina, now mercury lounge in the SOMA, Chef Dominic has been a force behind numerous award winning kitchens,

After graduating from CCA, he joined the kitchen of Betelnut, in San Francisco (a top 100 restaurant). He worked closely with Executive Chef Alex Ong and sous chef Daniel Sudar and deepened his understanding of the pan-asian cuisine and working a kitchen of a high volume restaurant.

He then took a position as opening sous chef for Poleng Lounge in San Francisco w/ Executive Chef Tim Lum. Poleng Lounge, a contemporary Pan-Asian restaurant with strong

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