Meet Chef Jason Neroni, the renowned L.A. based chef of Rose Cafe in Santa Monica. Chef Neroni has heard about the OC Chef’s Table, and was so affected by the homelessness in his own neighborhood, that he contacted Illumination Foundation, the non-profit entity committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness, and asked to participate. Click to learn more about Chef Neroni and …

  • The job he really wanted at Disneyland® before he was hired to work in a restaurant, instead.
  • What he discovered when he began working at Disnyeland’s® Club 33.
  • The difference in kitchens in Europe vs. Manhattan or L.A.

Author’s Note: After 30 years of interviewing and marketing some of the most iconic individuals in the world, I still find chefs to be some of the most unique human creatures on our planet. Every time I interview a chef, I learn something amazing about him or her. These people live with a passion and authenticity that drives them beyond what most of us do or realize in our day.

And, when these chefs talk about their passion for non-profit Illumination Foundation’s OC Chef’s Table, the largest single-evening gathering of chefs in Orange County (and, now, L.A. chefs, too) to help raise funds to forever break the cycle of homelessness in families and children, it’s even more intriguing to me.

It’s been one of my greatest pleasures interviewing these people in what I call a fast-moving, quick read series, “Five for Five” series – 5 Questions in 5 Minutes