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Amy Brandwein

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In the fall of 2006, Brandwein joined Chef Donna as the chef de cuisine of Bebo Trattoria in Arlington, Virginia. Her partnership with Chef Donna in recipe development, kitchen operations and the opening processes resulted in a 2.5 star award by the Washington Post. In 2008, the Ritz Carlton Hotel tapped Chef Brandwein to re- launch the fyve Restaurant Lounge in Arlington, VA. In this capacity, she was praised for her innovative work and commitment to local, seasonal ingredients.

In 2010, she was hired by New York based BLT Restaurant Group to launch Casa Nonna, the company's first ever Italian concept in Washington, DC. In this role, Chef Brandwein was responsible for all kitchen operations, opening processes and recipe development. A successful September 2010 launch was followed by a positive 2-star review by the Washington Post. At Casa Nonna, Chef Brandwein introduced many innovative dining experiences, including a street side gelato cart, regional Italian menu program, Aperitivo!, and Tavola 12 - a unique and interactive 12 -course tasting menu cooked by Chef herself - with authenticity and seasonality in mind.

In 2012, Chef Brandwein launched Chef AmyB, a hospitality consulting company which advises restaurants, small business owners and hospitality experts in the Washington, DC market. Core areas include menu design and strategy, kitchen operations and structure, hands-on kitchen training, recipe development and financial operations.

In December 2013, Chef Brandwein will rejoin Chef Roberto Donna to launch the new Alba Osteria in Washington, DC. Meanwhile, she will continue to pursue her goal to open her own restaurant in the near future.