About the Chef

Neal Fraser

Since starting his career in the kitchen at age 20, chef/owner Neal Fraser has buoyed an impressive resume that includes a degree from the Culinary Institute of America and an honor roll of kitchen credits such as Wolfgang Puck’s Eureka and Spago, Checkers Hotel under Thomas Keller, Joachim Splichal’s Pinot Bistro, Hans Rockenwagner’s Rox, and the highly revered Boxer. These eventually led him, along with wife and business partner, Amy Knoll Fraser, to the opening of two of Los Angeles’ best loved restaurants – critically acclaimed Grace and ever-popular breakfast, lunch and dinner café, BLD. Fraser expanded his repertoire with a fast-casual concept called Fritzi Dog, a healthier and higher-end hot dog stand originally opening inside the Farmer’s Market at The Grove and later at the courtyard of Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles. In addition, Fraser and Knoll Fraser have achieved yet another in a long string of successes with the newly opened Redbird.

In late 2012, Fraser seized the opportunity to create a new flagship concept in downtown Los Angeles. First order of business, he, with Knoll Fraser and an investor group with Bill Chait, took over operations at Vibiana and have passionately labored to breathe new life into the historic structure. Together the trio has extensively upgraded the facility with a state of the art lighting and sound system; high quality, custom rental equipment; a seasoned event management team; and a compelling dining and craft beverage program. Last year, Fraser launched a BLD inside the Los Angeles International Airport. And, in April of 2015, ICDC, an ice cream/doughnut/coffee shop located adjacent to the original BLD opened, spearheaded by Knoll Fraser and his longtime pastry chef Mariah Swan.

Fraser has also appeared on the small screen, most notably on Bravo TV's 'Top Chef Masters' and Food Network's 'Iron Chef America,' which he won his battle against chef Cat Cora on the latter. Other shows include Esquire TV's 'Knife Fight,' Fox's 'Hell's Kitchen,' and Food Network's 'Beat Bobby Flay.'

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