Born and raised in northern New Jersey, Bruce Kalman is a James Beard nominated chef and a partner in two restaurants, Union in Pasadena and the forthcoming Knead & Co. Pasta Bar + Market in Downtown Los Angeles. He began his career at a local pizzeria in New Jersey, and later attended a small handson culinary program at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, NJ.
After school, Bruce cooked with Paul Bartalotta at Spiaggia in Chicago before taking on executive chef roles at Okno, Green Dolphin Street and Coco Pazzo. He then took on executive chef stints in Santa Fe (Il Piatto) and Phoenix (Chelsea’s Kitchen) before making a move to Los Angeles to open The Misfit in Santa Monica, serving farmer’s market driven fare, with a strong emphasis on Northern Italian and Mediterranean flavors and preparations.
He continued this tradition of handcrafted cuisine as executive chef of The Churchill in West Hollywood, before starting Bruce’s Prime Pickle Co., a line of “vine to jar,” handpacked pickled vegetables. His restaurant Union opened in 2014; Knead & Co. Pasta Bar + Market opened in early 2016.
Chef Kalman a James Beard nominated Rising Star Chef and has appeared on television shows like Food Network’s Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay, Esquire Network’s Knife Fight, Bravo’s Best New Restaurant.
In his spare time, Chef Kalman is the frontman in a chef cover band Foie Grock with DuffGoldman.