Hailing from both the OC and NYC, Taylor Mckinney found his inspiration within the creative diversity experienced on both coasts. “Growing up bicoastal, I gained a passionate respect for hospitality and the food & beverage industries that defined each city." While completing his Bachelors Degree at CSUF, Taylor learned that operations in food and beverage was his calling. He quickly grew and excelled at perfecting his craft, progressing from his first experience as a host and dishwasher at Marie Calendars to working for powerhouse companies such as Group Le Duff, Pacific Hospitality Group, and Balboa Bay Club + Resort.
Upon leaving A&O Kitchen+Bar within Balboa Bay Resort, Taylor knew it was time to create his own vision with a team that shared the same. Taylor not only takes great pride in developing concepts, but also in building wonderful teams that truly make a concept what it is or what it can be. His most recent success has been Central in Laguna Beach, a modern take on American new fusion cuisine in the heart of downtown Laguna Beach. Central Hospitality Group is truly redefining what exciting, delicious , and timeless concepts are are all about.
"Moral of the story is you get one life, so do it all.”
Restauranteur Anna Montoya got her start at 19 years old when she opened her first restaurant Inkas Restaurant in Irvine in early 2000.
As an avid traveler her passion for culture, language and food did not reach fruition until she applied for the International Abroad Studies at Brigham Young University where she continued her studies in the exciting South Kensington district of London.
During her many travels, she explored the diverse flavors and ingredients each country brings to their native cuisines. It is at that moment that Anna realized that she did not just want to cook food, she wanted to bring that same experience, and share them to friends and family back home. Having grown up in Orange County she fell in love with Laguna Beach at a very young age. When she moved there in 2010 she along with her partners could think of no better place to open their second location than in Laguna Beach. The picturesque town was to be the cornerstone of their new concept and eventually the headquarters for the Central Hospitality Group.
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