Daly Cruz, executive chef of Ontario Convention Center (OCC) and Toyota Arena in Ontario, California, started working in the culinary field at the age of 14 as a dishwasher. At the end of every shift, Cruz found himself staying extra hours to observe the restaurant’s chef, learning about food and the different ways it could be prepared. “All throughout high school, I worked in restaurants,” Cruz said. “Then, I worked 10 years at Hyatt Regency Orange County in the food and beverage department.” But his experience extends even beyond his career, as he grew up with a mother and brothers who love to cook, and his grandmother, who taught him nearly all he knows about baking. Today, Cruz turns to food as a way of showing love and entertaining his family and friends, as well as to live out his passion for cooking as executive chef of OCC and Toyota Arena in Southern California.
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