Cal Stamenov

Chef Cal Stamenov. Photo courtesy of Cella Restaurant.

Legendary Monterey County Chef Cal Stamenov has a new gig—as executive chef at Monterey’s Cella Restaurant.

Stamenov comes most proximately from Grasing’s in Carmel, where he was named executive chef in September 2021. Before that, he spent 22 years at Bernardus Lodge and Spa. While at Bernardus, Stamenov worked with Alta Restaurant Group owner/chef Ben Spungin, so the move is a reunion of sorts. “Chef Cal is a mentor, and I feel that this restaurant was always meant to have Chef Cal’s vision,” Spungin said. 

Cella, which is located in the historic Cooper Molera Adobe in downtown Monterey, opened in late January 2022 with chefs Aaron Rayor and Danny Leach at the helm in the kitchen. 

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