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Chef Bret Thompson

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Chef Bret Thompson was inspired to create Pez Cantina, his seafood-focused restaurant in Downtown L.A., by his travels to Loreto on the Sea of Cortez and by his marriage into a Mexican family. At Pez he has a created a menu focused on sustainable, local ingredients that draws from the traditions of the distinct Coastal Mexican cuisines of Baja, Oaxaca, …

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Chef Kenny Spost

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Executive Chef Kenny Spost of Napa Valley Grille in Los Angeles has been plying his culinary craft since the age of 13! With an interest in seafood that stretches back even farther into his childhood to when he would fish for mullet at his grandparents’ house in Florida, Chef Kenny is a strong advocate for sustainability in all his menu …

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Chef David Abella

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David Abella, Executive Chef at West Steak and Seafood, was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he started his career alongside Roy Yamaguchi, the pioneer of Euro-Asian cuisine. A lover of Italian, French and Mediterranean flavors, Chef Abella incorporates Asian herbs, European flavors and Hawaiian seafood into his culinary creations. David honed his craft in the Roy’s family of …

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Chef Mourad Jamal

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Born and raised in Oujda, Morocco, Chef Mourad Jamal grew up with a love for fresh seafood and the desire to share it with others. At 12 years old he was cooking dinner for the family, and by age 15 he was working in restaurants, eventually attending culinary school. Growing up, “Sardines were the common, affordable fish” that Jamal favored. …

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Chef Lisa Dahl

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Restaurateur and chef, Lisa Dahl creates restaurant experiences in which guests feel a little bit of magic, have a unique sensory experience and feel welcomed as if they are coming home. It is her “pledge as a local chef to always have [her] own standards when reaching for excellence in providing food, wine and service.” Each one of her award-winning …

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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 …

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Chef Greg Frey Jr.

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Chef Greg Frey Jr. has always loved to cook but says being a chef was never really something he thought about as a child. However, his family is quick to remind him that early on his world was already revolving around food.  “My family use to travel to Italy often when I was a kid and I couldn’t wait each …

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RSVP Update

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We created our Responsible Sourcing Vendor Partner (RSVP) program to collectively apply a percentage of our purchases towards projects we strongly believe in as a company. Our RSVP program has had a busy year so far! Here are some key updates from a few efforts we support in gear improvement, marine education, fisheries improvement projects, community engagement and more! We provided …

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Chef Jeremy Tummel

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A native of Southern California, Chef Jeremy Tummel grew up fishing since he was just a young boy.  “I’ve been fishing my entire life, it’s my favorite hobby and one that I am pretty good at!  I have realized that it’s the little things that make for great memories though, scouring the tide pools for periwinkles, gooseneck barnacles, seaweeds and …

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Chef Susan Feniger

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From the new ceviche bar at Border Grill in The Forum Shops at Caesars in Las Vegas to the signature Pescado Veracruzano at the iconic location in Santa Monica, you can tell just by looking at the menus that Chef Susan Feniger has a thing for seafood. We weren’t surprised to learn Chef Feniger’s appreciation for fresh seafood started in …