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Del Mar, Calif.- Scott Mickelson, a veteran chef of some of San Diego’s top dining venues, has joined the culinary team at L’Auberge Del Mar, as executive sous chef. In his new role, Mickelson teams up with Executive Chef Brandon Fortune, who he previously worked with at The Grand Del Mar, to help introduce Fortune’s new menus at KITCHEN 1540 and other hotel dining venues. 

“In addition to being a talented culinarian, Scott was one of my first contacts when I moved to San Diego and he has remained a valued friend,” says Fortune. “He brings tremendous experience in all facets of restaurant operations and an upbeat attitude. Plus, he gets my sense of humor, so we have a lot of fun working together.”

Mickelson comes to L’Auberge Del Mar from The Lions Share & Coin Op Game Room in San Diego where he served as corporate executive chef. Prior to that, he was executive chef at Prep Kitchen in San Diego’s Little Italy. Mickelson also served on the opening team at The Grand Del Mar and worked as the hotel’s executive banquet chef for nearly five years.  

Mickelson is a graduate of the Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Scottsdale, AZ and holds a certificate in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts. He got his start in San Diego working as a sous chef for the Ladeki Restaurant Group, which owns and operates a chain of Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza restaurants.


About KITCHEN 1540

Modern and comfortable, KITCHEN 1540 blends energy and intrigue with a fresh, simple atmosphere. Inspired by New York architect Andre Kikoski, KITCHEN 1540 boasts white vaulted ceilings, an elegant fireplace and modern furniture offering a level of contemporary-chic sophistication rarely seen in a hotel restaurant. The inviting chef’s counter provides an intriguing glimpse into the energy and excitement of the open kitchen activity, while the private dining room wrapped in wine-encased walls provides a quieter, more intimate setting. The spacious outdoor patio allows guests to enjoy the ocean breezes and features private cabanas for intimate dining. The setting is punctuated with a waterfall and hanging lanterns to set just the right mood.

KITCHEN 1540 has garnered numerous awards including such prestigious honors as Wine Spectator Magazine: Award of Excellence; CA Restaurant Association: Gold Medallion - Best Hotel Restaurant, Fine Dining; San Diego Magazine: Best Hotel Restaurant; and Ranch & Coast Magazine: Editor's Pick for Best Restaurant.

About L’Auberge Del Mar

Located in the heart of the coastal Southern California village Del Mar, L'Auberge Del Mar overlooks the Pacific Ocean offering a resort experience reminiscent of a private seaside estate. This intimate hotel, presents 121 guest rooms and suites, refreshing dining options, a full service beach house-style 5,000-square-foot spa, a private path for easy beach access, tennis courts, a 24-hour fitness center and a peaceful pool area with leisure and whirl pools. An array of dining and drink selections includes the award-winning KITCHEN 1540, Coastline for waterfront al fresco dining, the lively poolside Bleu Bar for libations and nibbles and The Living Room Bar, a hub for socializing and people watching, serving handcrafted cocktails and tasty appetizers. For more information, please visit


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