Corey EschKitchen Manager
    I have loved Big Bear since I was a kid. I have wonderful memories of coming up to my grandparents cabin here, so my fiance and I decided to move up here permanently in 2019. Up until that time, I had always worked in the animal welfare and veterinary fields. My family immigrated from Germany and I have always been influenced by my Oma’s (grandma’s) cooking, so I decided to take a chance and change careers. I started working in restaurants up here and enrolled in culinary school.
    I began working for the retreat center in 2022, and quickly realized this was the place for me. I feel a real purpose here and love making meals for those who choose to spend their time here with us. I have since finished my associates degree in culinary school and am continuing on, working toward my bachelors degree in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management.
    Outside of work I like to go bow-fishing and do Ju Jitsu and Kickboxing. I really love being able to share some of my Oma’s cooking influence and look forward to making many more meals here.
    Contact Us

    Connect with us at Big Bear Retreat Center.

    eric owings big bear retreat center staff