Chef Jose Fernandez brings his creativity and extensive expertise to the table to lead the culinary program & talented team at Terra Restaurant, located at Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado in Santa Fe.
With over 20 years of experience, Fernandez joined Terra Restaurant from Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village in Los Angeles, where he was executive chef for over 3 years at the popular restaurant Coin & Candor.
Prior to that, Fernandez held various culinary positions over the years, perfecting his craft at top dining and hospitality establishments, including Peninsula Hotels and Ritz-Carlton Hotels & Resorts, in different regions all across the country.
Originally from Barcelona, Spain, Chef Fernandez spent his formative years working in Michelin-starred restaurants throughout his native country. It was these early experiences, along with memories from his own family’s kitchen, which inspired his culinary philosophy - to use fresh and seasonal ingredients, with an emphasis on local, organic and sustainable whole foods wherever possible. Fernandez is passionate about incorporating tastes of the local culture & regionally-grown ingredients into his flavorful dishes; and
fusing traditional methods with progressive techniques and global influences to create inventive, evolving menus that will bring something new to the dining experience.
Fernandez is excited to be a part of Santa Fe’s thriving culinary scene and community of talented chefs from around the world. He looks forward to pursuing his passions, exploring Santa Fe’s expansive Farmers Markets and working with local purveyors. When he’s not in the kitchen, Fernandez can be found spending time with his family and enjoying the outdoors, hiking & cycling around the region’s diverse, stunning terrain.