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Neal Fraser, chef and owner of multiple restaurant concepts in Los Angeles, started his career in the kitchen at age 20. Fraser’s 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. Currently, he and his business partner/wife Amy Knoll Fraser own and operate critically acclaimed Redbird; high-volume special events and performing arts venue Vibiana; fast-casual Fritzi Coop at Arts District Brewing Company and in the Farmer’s Market at the Grove.
Located in downtown Los Angeles, Redbird is Fraser’s flagship where he showcases his signature sensibility of refined yet approachable modern American cuisine, influenced by the city’s multitude of cultures. The restaurant has received many accolades including a coveted spot on Los Angeles Times’ Gold List by Jonathan Gold and Los Angeles Magazine’s Best New Restaurants list. Fraser’s expansive repertoire includes fast-casual concept, Fritzi Coop. Most recently, he opened a second location inside the Arts District Brewing Company, a stand-alone restaurant, with a window that additionally services the brewery.
Outside of the restaurants, Fraser has appeared on Bravo TV's Top Chef Masters, Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen, and Food Network's Iron Chef America, on which he won his battle against Chef Cat Cora. He also won his battles on Esquire TV's Knife Fight and Food Network's Beat Bobby Flay. Over the years, both Fraser and Knoll Fraser have been active members in the community. Six years ago, they co-founded Beefsteak, an annual event benefitting the Los Angeles Food Bank with Simpson’s creator Matt Selman, comedian Eric Wareheim and comedy producer Cort Cass.