Chef Peter Lee
Cuisine: Spanish Tapas
Loquita showcases the flavors and traditional cooking methods of Spain with hot and cold tapas, wood-fired seafood, grilled meats and three types of paella. The Mediterranean climate and terroir of Santa Barbara County mirror that of Spain, making the translation of locally sourced produce, meats and seafood an ideal match. Whether you want to dine in the lively indoor dining room or around a cozy fireplace on the romantic patio, Loquita is the perfect spot to gather while in the Waterfront district of downtown Santa Barbara.
Peter Seung Lee learned his way around a kitchen at an early age. Like many Korean families, much of his home life was centered on the pride and tradition that came with preparing food of his rich heritage. As he helped his mother in the kitchen and was given tasks to do, Peter learned the art of Korean cooking – dredging meats and vegetables in salt, pepper, egg and flour – a staple of the country’s culinary technique. He discovered his love for food.
At Loquita, Peter’s cooking is a departure from his gastronomic heritage and professional background yet he is confident and intensely passionate about Spanish food. He is inspired to design a menu that honors Santa Barbara’s early beginnings and culture. Many of the techniques are similar to Korean style and he has patiently tested each dish, polishing and perfecting them. The demands of opening a new restaurant are a challenge Peter meets daily and he’s ready for the opportunity to train and work with his team. He’s eager to explore the phenomenal products from Santa Barbara Country and transform them with skill and artistry into memorable dishes for the public to enjoy in one of the best places in the world to live, dine and play.