Chef Juan Peña of AG at the Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta - Biography

Atlanta, GA

February 2018

Hailing from Puerto Rico, Juan Peña has always been surrounded by a passion for cuisine—from his grandmother preparing daily stews to his father grilling meats and growing vegetables for family meals. Influenced by these memories, Peña knew from an early age that a culinary career was in his future.

He studied at the Culinary Institute of Puerto Rico, and as a student, got hands on training at The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan. Moving to Fern Restaurant at the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Peña was trained by Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten himself during his time there.

After a five-year stint at Fern, Peña returned to The Ritz-Carlton family and moved to Atlanta in late 2017. He now leads the charge at the property’s modern steakhouse, AG, where guests can look forward to his influence throughout the menu, as he elevates dishes to focus on new seasonal ingredients, innovative trends, along with top-quality meats for which the restaurant is known.