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Owners & Proprietors
Wade / Kristi Hageman
Encinitas' Original Wood-Fired Pizza
For a chef who has spent most of his culinary career in the kitchens of fine dining restaurants, Blue Ribbon’s chef-proprietor Wade Hageman seems to be just as content at a pizza oven. He’s made a full circle of sorts—from a first cooking job at a Southern Italian pizza place to a stint manning the wood-fired oven at Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant Spago. While working as the executive chef at Solana Beach’s Blanca, he had the pizza oven that he now uses at Blue Ribbon stored in his garage. Visit our other Encinitas restaurant, The Craftsman Tavern.