Chef Thomas Bellec

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Chef Thomas Bellec began cooking at a young age, inspired by his grandparents who ran a renowned bakery in Brittany, France. After apprenticing in his home town of Concarneau, he started an extraordinary, international culinary career. Having a father who was a professional fisherman, Bellec was raised on seafood and out fishing on a weekly basis. “If not with a rod, …

Chef Steve Stawinski

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Chef Steve Stawinski’s love of cooking came at a young age, he would help out in the family kitchen with tasks like breading fish or whisking eggs. Raised in New Jersey and Massachusetts, his family gatherings always centered around a big meal, anything from a backyard barbeque with Jersey corn and baked beans, to roast chicken or duck with the …

Chef Jared Hills

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Jared Hills got his first taste of hospitality as many great chefs do – in the steaming hot trenches of a dish pit.  Thirsty for knowledge, Hills began to cultivate his culinary skills in gourmet kitchens of Telluride, Colorado, catering to the tastes of the ultra-rich and famous. By the age of 23, Hills had ventured to Texas to become …

Chef Adrian Vela

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Adrian Vela brings a commitment to quality, imagination and passion to his role as Executive Chef of Westwood staple Napa Valley Grille. With a diverse culinary background thanks to positions in some of the country’s leading kitchens, Vela has collected expert techniques and insights from top talents including Bradley Ogden, Joel Robuchon and Charlie Palmer. Most recently, he served as …

Chef Brian Archibald

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A native of Phoenix, Chef Brian Archibald’s love affair with food dates back to his early childhood. He remembers “camping and fishing with my dad we used to smoke our catch after the first night’s dinner.” While growing up, working in the kitchen with his mom and training in his high school’s culinary arts program ignited his passion for cooking. …

Chef Michael Demers

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Chef Michael Demers’ extensive culinary background reaches all the way to his time studying culinary arts in Rhode Island and New York. Michael has worked under acclaimed Chef Daniel Boulud at Le Cirque, and traveled the country working with other top chefs at prestigious restaurants. In 2003, Thomas Keller asked Michael to train for Bouchon Restaurant. After working in wine …

Chef Doug MacMillan

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Born to a restaurant family, Doug MacMillan was destined to follow in the family business. At a young age, he began rolling pastas in the kitchen of the family restaurant. “I remember fishing in Boston with my Mom, I caught a flounder. I remember thinking as I looked at this thing on my line, no way am I eating that! …

Chef Richard Pelz

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Some people are born to cook, and Richard Pelz is one of them. From learning to cook traditional French food with his mother, to working his family’s small vineyard in the Monterey Peninsula, food and wine have been coursing through Richard’s blood for most of his life. Richard remembers “enjoying clam and lobster bakes in the Hamptons while sitting by …

Chef Travis Strickland

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Marking his first foray into the L.A. dining scene at Baltaire, Travis Strickland has crafted a contemporary menu that redefines the traditional steakhouse. Upon graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, Strickland cooked at the legendary Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN, where he worked closely with products picked daily by hand, enabling him to foster an understanding of locally-grown food …

Chef Erik Syhre

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Erik Syhre is the Executive Chef at Culinary Dropout Farmer Arts District in Tempe, Arizona and brings extensive experience and knowledge to the team. Chef Syhre has worked for Fox Restaurant Concepts for seven years, contributing to the opening of new stores and breathing new life into existing concepts. Born in El Paso, Texas, Chef Syhre and his family moved …