Taylr Behnam Cuneo

Culinary Director

Taylr Behnam is a culinary adventurer and conceptual visionary whose career has been built in the kitchens of great restaurants and influenced by the centuries-old Middle Eastern and Mexican cuisines passed down to her by her Iranian father and Mexican mother.

Classically trained at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago, Taylr then polished her skills in wine and food pairing as Sous Chef for Timber Cove Resort on the Sonoma Coast. In the fall of 2011, Taylr became one of the first members of the Ram’s Gate Winery team as Sous Chef before taking the lead as Executive Chef in 2012.

Taylr’s approach to creating a great pairing is to begin with the wine. She will taste a wine carefully, thoughtfully and repeatedly to understand its unique composition of flavors and textures. She then considers the wine as an actual ingredient, the base ingredient, in the palate masterpiece she wants to create, to contemplate which other ingredients might combine well. From there, Taylr experiments with flavors and textures until she’s found the kind of pairing that’s so sensational it’s hard to forget. An avid supporter of the locavore and sustainability movement in food as well, Taylr is just the thoughtful, creative and experienced innovator that Ram’s Gate is honored to call mastermind of our kitchen.

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