The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa Appoints Chef Loren Lawe as Executive Chef

/The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa Appoints Chef Loren Lawe as Executive Chef

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa Appoints Chef Loren Lawe as Executive Chef

|2019-09-20T11:40:03-04:00September 19th, 2019|

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (September 19, 2019) – Riverside’s landmark hotel, The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, is pleased to announce the appointment of Loren Lawe as its new Executive Chef. A California native, Chef Lawe returns to the award-winning hotel to oversee culinary operations across all five of its notable dining establishments. In his role, Chef Lawe will create new menus with seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients, lead and manage the culinary team and partner and maintain relationships with local vendors.

“We are happy to welcome Chef Lawe back to The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa,” stated co-owner Kelly Roberts of The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. “Chef Lawe has always been a valued member of our team and we are looking forward to working closely with him once again to implement exciting new culinary changes at the property,” added Duane Roberts, co-owner of The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa.

After a two-year hiatus, Chef Lawe is excited to rejoin the team and take the hotel’s culinary offerings to the next level. Chef Lawe is a veteran of The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa and worked at the property for seven years where he created many of the dishes that locals and guests love at The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa.

“I’m thrilled to return to The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa as Executive Chef. Being a part of the culinary team at The Mission Inn is always exciting and I am looking forward to working with the owners talented individuals in the food and beverage department.” said Chef Lawe.

As Executive Chef during his latest tenue at The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, Chef Lawe looks forward to implementing new menus focused on small plates to showcase the team’s talent and seasonal flavors. Chef Lawe’s first new menu will debut at the property’s annual Wine and Food Festival taking place on October 12, with elevated food pairings to accompany over 100 wine varietals.

After graduating from the California Culinary Academy, Chef Lawe joined The Ritz Carlton Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, in 1997, working his way up to Executive Sous Chef. In 2008, he joined the Langham Hotel in Pasadena for two years, before joining the team at The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa as Executive Sous Chef in 2010. He was promoted to Executive Chef in 2012, where he led the culinary team for three years, before being promoted to Director of Food and Beverage/Executive Chef in 2015.

For more information or to make reservations at The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, please call 1-800-843-7755 or visit

About The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa

Originally opened in 1903, The AAA Four Diamond, Historic Mission Inn Hotel & Spa incorporates design elements throughout the southwestern United States, Mexico and several Mediterranean countries. The hotel features 238 guest rooms, including 27 suites and 4 restaurants: Duane’s Prime Steaks and Seafood, a AAA Four Diamond restaurant and Wine Spectator’s 2018 “Best of Award of Excellence” for 22 consecutive years; Bella Trattoria Italian Bistro; Las Campanas Mexican Cuisine & Cantina; and The Mission Inn Restaurant and Spanish Patio. The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa also features Casey’s Cupcakes, The Presidential Lounge, The Sushi Bar and the new Las Campanas Tequila Bar offering over 100 tequilas. Co-owned by Duane and Kelly Roberts, the hotel is a recipient of the 2016 Historic Hotel Awards of Excellence “Best Historic Hotel”, “Best Historic Hotel” in America by USA Today’s and placed 5th in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards’ “Top Hotels in Southern California” category.

In addition, the hotel offers a serene swimming pool and Jacuzzi surrounded by lush gardens; a fitness center; a historic museum; Kelly’s Spa, a luxurious Tuscan-inspired spa founded by visionary co-owner Kelly Roberts. A National Historic Landmark, the hotel is situated on an entire city block of the quaint Mission Inn District of Riverside, CA. The property features Mission-Revival style architecture inspired by the state’s 21 missions and is home to a one-of-a-kind art collection. For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-843-7755 or visit

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