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Position: Executive Chef of Davio’s Manhattan
Education: Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park
About Chad Brown:
Chad Brown, a native of Seoul, South Korea, grew up in Ithaca, NY. An avid traveler, Brown Feels like there is no place like home (New York City). He now resides in Brooklyn, NY, close to his new culinary playground, Davio’s Manhattan. In Brown’s earlier life, he pursued a Mechanical Engineering degree from Clarkson University, but he could not imagine himself “behind a desk doing the same thing” for the rest of his life. So, he decided to leave Clarkson and pursue a BPS at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.
Chad enjoys being a chef because he believes there is more to it than just cooking. He says, “the field is less about experts, and more of a trade… Less than a profession because you are constantly learning, you’re always a student.” Brown began learning the trade in upstate New York at Little Venice. After only one year, he became the Sous Chef at Zaza’s Cucina Restaurant, ultimately being promoted to Executive Chef. In 2008, Brown continued to move around in the industry, finding himself in Manhattan at Del Posto, owned by one of Brown’s idol chefs, Mario Batali. Chad then opened a new restaurant, CATCH, with chef Hung Huynh, also located in Manhattan. Chad’s last stop before Davio’s was Bond 45. Chad joins the Davio’s team as the Executive Chef of Davio’s Manhattan. With almost 20,000 restaurants in the NYC area, Chad’s expertise, experience and ambitious attitude will take Davio’s Manhattan and the Davio’s brand to new levels.
Brown enjoys his craft and is constantly surrounded by great food, and good company. He does not believe in many cliché’s in the industry, because, according to Brown, “if you can do it right, it works.” Though Brown would not “claim expertise,” he is highly skilled in the identification and fabrication of a variety of fish and cuts of meat, and admits he has “had lots of exposure to fresh seafood and sharp knives.” Brown enjoys dining at Del Posto, Lupa, and Soccarat, all located in Manhattan. Brown admires many Chefs in the industry including Mark Ladner, Jose Andres, David Pasternack, and Hung Huynh, and was fortunate enough to work with many of them. Chad is proficient in Spanish and French. Oddly enough, his cat’s name is Dog.
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