Joins a Distinguished List of Top Five Restaurants
Carmel-by-the Sea’s Aubergine restaurant located in the L’Auberge Carmel (Relais & Chateaux) has been recognized in Zagat‘s just released 2012 San Francisco Bay Area Restaurant Survey receiving top honors as number five and joining a prestigious list, including: Gary Danko (#1 Zagat, one-star Michelin), The French Laundry (#2 Zagat, three-star Michelin), Cyrus (#3 Zagat, two-star Michelin), Manresa (#4 Zagat, two-star Michelin), and the Restaurant at Meadowood (#6 Zagat, three-star Michelin). It is also noteworthy that four of Zagat’s top six restaurants (Aubergine, French Laundry, Gary Danko and The Restaurant at Meadowood) are all members of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux.
Aubergine’s Chef de Cuisine Justin Cogley, who joined the restaurant less than nine months ago, said, “This is an amazing honor, especially because it’s voted on by the diners. Executive Pastry Chef Ron Mendoza and I are very proud of our team and their dedication.”San Francisco Chronicle’s restaurant critic Michael Bauer said about his recent visit to the restaurant, “Aubergine in L’Auberge Carmel didn’t have a chef last year when I did a Monterey roundup, but in January the owners pulled off a coup by hiring Justin Cogley, who spent four years at Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago. It’s truly a memorable meal…”