Chef Brian Bornemann is our September Chef of the Month!
September 4, 2018
We are pleased to introduce you to the talented, Chef Brian.
Executive Chef and Owner of:
Viale dei Romani
623 n La Peer drive, West Hollywood CA
310 691 1600
1. When did you know you wanted to be a chef?
When studying in Siena at college, I started working in a little Osteria where everything was done by hand, I fell in love with the kitchen and ended up staying a year. After graduating UCLA, I decided to go back to Italy to continuing learning about the kitchen at which point I decided to dedicate myself to what was clearly my passion.
2. What are your hobbies outside of the kitchen?
I love surfing any chance I can get, especially at Malibu. I love wood working and powerlifting, although I don’t get time to do that much anymore. Outside of that my favorite hobbies are enjoy great conversation over a great bottle of wine.
3. Everyone remembers their first encounter with burrata. What is yours?
The first time I had burrata I was in southern Italy, at age 17. It was my first time there, and burrata was one of the things that completely changed my mind on Italian food. I grew up with a distaste for what I thought was “italian food”, growing up I didn’t have much exposure to it and hated the American-italian food that I knew. Buratta and a Spinach Lasagna Changed my life in a way that I didn’t even realize at the time, but it opened up a whole world to me of ingredient driven food and I knew I had to learn more.
4. If you could make dinner for one person, who would it be?
I would make dinner for my mom, she loves spending time with me and I don’t get to spend as much time as I’d like with her anymore. She loves to just enjoy food and wine and talk.
5. What is your favorite dish to cook and why?
I really have never believed in favorites, on a sunny day in Malibu after surfing guac, chips, and an IPA are the best meal in the world. But in November in Piedmonte, truffles on a brasato al Barolo is the only thing to eat. Everything to me is about time and place. So right now, I’d say my favorite dish to cook is our margherita pizza, it’s so amazingly light and perfect for summer, you can eat it all day long.
6. What has been your greatest accomplishment as a chef?
Definitely opening Viale, which has been an amazing learning experience, changed my life. I have always come from privately owned dinner restaurants that maybe do brunch. And here, I am still bringing all of my old Farm-to-Table product, Tuscan approach to cooking, and militant expediting, but we are doing so much more as a part of a fantastic hotel and partner with La Peer Hotel. We’ve literally proven we can do anything!
7. If you you could give a piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?
Start cooking earlier, I don’t regret a thing, but I definitely was timind to step into the restaurant world, and I could have gone into head-on earlier. Just listen to yourself, if you are constantly distracting yourself from studying with intensive cooking projects, maybe you just need to be cooking!
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