Get to know me better
Adventurer, Thrill seeker, Boiler of water.
Chef VanderGast has enjoyed an 18 year long career in the culinary field and the last decade managing a wide variety of culinary operations. Most recently as the Executive Chef of Soho House’s North American flag ship in NYC (a brand leader in private members only clubs). Brian was at the heart of the Dumbo house research and development pre-opening team in 2018. He was integral in driving menu development, flow of service, and staff training.
Bringing a diversified lens to a culinary operation, he has worked across a broad range of establishments with leading brands and world renowned chefs including: Soho House NYC, Soho House West Hollywood, Dumbo House, Marriott Marquis Times Square, Borgata Hotel & Casino, The James Beard Foundation, Bobby Flay, Enrique Olvera, Eric Ripert, Jose Andres, Danny Meyer, Emeril Lagasse. Ranging from boutique hotels, mega resorts, the largest grossing banquet operation in North America, fine dining, casual dining, events, pop-up executions, and private clubs.
For me, cooking is...
My passion and my lifestyle
I learned to cook at...
At home as a kid and in various high end restaurants accross the country
A role model in the kitchen is...
My grandmothers inspired me to cook and continue to do so to this day
A cooking secret...
Precision, care, presence and technique
As a Private Chef, I can offer you:
Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in Santa Monica.
A longer stay in Santa Monica? I'm available for holidays, on a daily basis, and so forth. Just let me know!
Because "sharing is caring". I would be happy to teach you all sorts of techniques and recipes in Santa Monica.
Interactive or demonstrative, I can provide showcooking services all around Santa Monica.
Brian's Food Gallery
We all eat with our eyes first! Below you can find a little demonstration of what I can bring to your table.
Book your experience with Chef Brian
Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.