Ronald Ottobre


My goal is to help people deal with physical and emotional pain without the use of drugs or alcohol and acquire the tools to live a happy and productive life.

Some of my personal skills include: empathy and compassion for the person suffering from the disease of addiction, open mindedness and willingness to understand an individual’s unique life situation. I am also cognizant of the challenges addiction places on the family.

I was a chef for 40 years and also learned the practical skills of working with individuals of other cultures.

I have an Associate of Science Degree in Addiction Studies. I am presently working at Advanced Pain Management in Castro Valley, California where I counsel individuals with chronic pain and addiction issues. I am also a Co-Facilitator at the John Muir Center for Recovery. I have RADT 1 certification from CCAPP.


  1. Diablo Valley College, Associate of Science Degree in Addiction Studies 2014 to 2015

  2. Diablo Valley College, Computer Science 1989 to 1990

  3. California State University San Francisco, Psychology 1969 to 1971

  4. University of California Santa Barbara, Marine Biology 1965 to 1967

Other Skills

  1. 20 years of experience mastering a variety of software applications including: Word, Excel, Power Point, Web Publishing Applications, Adobe Photoshop. Adobe Illustrator, Imovie, GarageBand, Logic Pro

    18 years experience with digital photography and graphic design.

Writing Experience

  1. Food Editor for the Valley Sentinel Monthly Newspaper

   September 2002 to 2010

  1. Collaborated with Deborah Byrd, Nicholas Boer, Deborah Grossman and Carolyn Rohrig on food related articles 2000 - 2002

  2. Authored articles for the Contra Costa Times food section: November 3 1999, Walnuts, local history and uses; December 15 1999, Cooking with wild fowl

  3. have written and Self - published a cook book - “Inspiration from the Garden” which sold 3,000 copies

Restaurant Experience

  1. Postino Restaurant, Day Chef. Lafayette, CA December 2006 – January 2009

  2. Mudd’s Restaurant, Executive Chef; San Ramon, CA; May 1999 – July 2006

  3. Le Marquis Restaurant, Executive Chef, Lafayette, CA, July 1997 - May 1999

  4. Mudd’s Restaurant, Executive Chef; San Ramon, CA; December 1990 – June 1997

  5. Tourelle, Chef Price Fix Restaurant; Lafayette, CA; June 1985 – September 1989

  6. Trader Vic’s, Executive Chef; Emeryville, CA; 1980–1985

  7. Oakland Athletic Club, Executive Chef; Oakland, CA; 1975-1980

  8. Restaurant Skills:

    Creating and analyzing recipes based on the seasons finest offerings .

    Researching and locating the finest sustainable and organic food products. Networking with local farmers and Farmer’s Markets.

    Kitchen management, staff leadership and training, organization and utilization of product to maximize profit and customer satisfaction.

Press and Awards as a Chef

  1. Featured in Tri Valley Magazine March, 2004

  2. Featured in Contra Costa Times food section July 8, 1998 (Le Marquis) Light French - California Cuisine

  3. Featured in Diablo Magazine (Mudd’s Restaurant), November 1996

  4. Appearance in Sunset Magazine (Mudd’s Restaurant), June 1992

  5. Best Restaurant Contra Costa County (Tourelle) by Focus Magazine 1986, 1987, 1988


  1. Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards, Synthesizer

  2. Meditation

  3. Composing music for Meditation

  4. Physical Conditioning

  5. Photography

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