Cookbook author and former chef de cuisine of the Marine Room in La Jolla, Ron Oliver has been named the new executive chef for Luna Grill.

“We are elated that Chef Ron Oliver will be joining our Luna family, his extensive culinary knowledge and experience will be elemental in elevating our team as a whole and the dining experience of our guests,” Maria Pourteymour, Luna Grill co-founder and chief culinary officer, said in a statement.

Luna Grill, a luxe-casual eatery, was founded in 2004 and has 45 locations in Southern California, Inland Empire and the Dallas-Fort Worth area. It offers Mediterranean dishes of kabobs, rice plates and salads, among other items, at around $12.