The husband and I took advantage of a media invite to come sample the culinary wares of the B & O American Brasserie’s new chef for our anniversary dinner. We were advised early in the afternoon that Chef Brad Willits had hurt his back that day and would not be able to join us. Chefs work through pain, you’ve seen it on Top Chef when they have cut, burned or even broken bones they continue on. Chef Willits has that same fortitude and worked through his pain to be there that evening. He came to our table a couple of times during the meal to talk about the dishes, answer questions. I should call him Chef Charming, so warm, so knowledgeable and so damn cute – I wanted to adopt him.
We chatted about his culinary lineage from his Italian grandfather, his dad’s café in Florida to his stages and positions at James Beard Award winning chefs’ kitchens. Within a year’s time he has risen from chef-de-cuisine at the B & 0 American Brasserie to his new position as executive chef overseeing not only the restaurant but the Hotel Monaco’s banquets (i.e. business, weddings, bar or bat mitzvahs etc.).
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