Our Team


Valeria “Val” Johnson Ronchetta

Val Johnson Ronchetta is the consummate luxury professional, leading teams for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Ritz Carlton, and Biltmore Hotel. Val’s luxury experience is varied, spanning pool and beach operations to the prestigious AAA 5-diamond Palme d’Or and Salt restaurants. Val’s versatility allows her to flex from casual operations to fine dining service.

Val also transitioned from the corporate hotel world to independent restaurants, opening the Wicked Bao in Fernandina Beach, Florida. Val has a unique ability to connect with team members and explain complex concepts simply. She has a passion for service and takes great pride in her work, instilling that love in others.

Val resides in Fernandina Beach, Florida, and enjoys time with her family. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from Florida International University.