He attended classes at Greystone in Napa Valley, Well traveled, and with 33 years in the business, he has a broad range of styles and is influenced by many cultures. Being of German/Spanish decent meant there was always something braising/roasting or stewing going on in the kitchen, "I don't think I ever saw a steak till I was in my teens. My family had a restaurant in Germany so you can say I was destined for this work, I think I remember around 6 yrs old that I wanted to cook for a living. I've been loving it since!"
Taking over culinary operations in June '07 with Thierry Burkle at The Grill was like coming home, I started in San Antonio with Thierry Burkle at L'Etoile (20 years ago), then when he opened this place in the country I just had to come! There is something very spiritual about this place and its energy, I feel connected to the land here, we have a large garden at a friends property just a few blocks away that we grow specialty produce and herbs and we work with many local farmers, we have a 'hands-on' relationship with them, its very satisfying!
Is the food Mediterranean? Yes in the fact that we incorporate lots of seafood , vegetables, herbs and then grill and bake over local wood, but we (Thierry & I ) love the foods of the world and try to mix it up a little depending on what's available to us...its very rustic, country style, soulful food!