Ann Leon
Executive Chef

With LEON BISTRO, Chef Ann Leon fulfills a dream that has guided her during more than twenty years of restaurant, casino and resort experience. Leon studied at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, graduating at the head of her class and receiving the Danielle Carlisle Walker Award for outstanding work in the culinary arts.

She then went to work at Berkeley’s famed Chez Panisse, where she gained experience that has influenced her work ever since. In 1994 she joined the Claremont Resort Hotel, first as Banquet Chef and then Pastry Chef, and ultimately Restaurant Chef. Under her leadership the Claremont’s restaurant’s AAA and Mobile ratings were raised to Four Diamonds and it received its first Golden Plate Award from the California Restaurant Association. Leon then joined the Regency Plaza, in San Mateo as Executive Sous Chef. There she developed the signature style of its restaurant and banquet operations. Using California/Mediterranean cuisine as the theme, she created innovative menus for a full range of catering events.

After relocating to Chico, Ann worked as Sous Chef at Spice Creek Café, and then went to Rolling Hills Casino, where she supervised a staff of twenty, and trained them to produce an array of outstanding dishes that won extensive praise from customers and management.

Now at her own restaurant, Ann continues to create distinctive soups, salads, meats, sauces and fine desserts using locally-grown products that express the best of contemporary California cuisine.

4 Responses to “Ann Leon”

  • Hector Dominguez and Tiffany Alioto says:

    BEST RESTAURANT IN CHICO! Definitely a hidden gem. Always outstanding seasonal additions. For special occasions (and the occasional craving) we don’t go anywhere else because no other restaurant in town offers as high quality food, especially for the reasonable price! Recommend any seasonal starter, such as the Kobe Mini-burgers or the Grilled Nectarines. Burgers so huge you have to take half home. Also great wine recommendations for the meal. Not one complaint over the many times we have gone.


  • Dana Grant says:

    One word…FABULOUS! We are so blessed to have this restaurant in Chico! Traveling the world, I find this rates up there with the best of the best. Thank you Ann for coming to Chico, and opening Leon’s Bistro.


  • Walter says:

    Went there last night for Valentines Day and I must say that it was a great experience!! Front of the house staff was awesome and the food was off the charts!! Best steak dinner I ever had! And the starters were amazing as well. Excellent job.


  • Edy says:

    Enjoyed Leon’s Bistro last night for the first time and it was fantastic! Mine was an excellent Halibut dinner, plus a wonderful array of appetizers and dessert! Very nice atmosphere. Chico is very lucky to have this restaurant!




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