Henry Martinez

Chef

How many years have you worked at Oak Grove?

Since 2021.

Why do you work at Oak Grove?

Because it’s the best private school in the country.

A quote that inspires your approach to your job.

“If you stay ready you don’t have to get ready.”

Where is your special spot on campus?

The kitchen porch.

Coffee or Tea?

Coffee.

What makes an Oak Grove education unique?

The personal attention given to each individual student.

How do we prepare students for their life ahead?

By igniting a passion for learning.

What outdoor experience has been most impactful for you?

Hiking the Chumash trail with my family recently.

The best live music performance/concert you ever attended is…

Morrissey at the Majestic Ventura Theater.

Name a place you’ve always wanted to visit, but haven’t yet.

Italy.

Which teacher in your life affected you greatly? How?

Culinary instructor Henri Pate (RIP) He showed me I had what it takes to work in the restaurant industry.

Name something that nobody knows about you.

I still play video game.

Person (dead or alive, famous or not) that you’d most like to share a meal with.

Anthony Bourdain.

Name a place you’ve always wanted to visit, but haven’t yet.

Angkor Wat.

What is your most bizarre OGS experience?

Radical downtime, though I now appreciate it.

Share a hilarious OGS experience.

I saw someone attempt to run on campus who thought the school was a park.