Culinary Director, Market Tavern
Quitting high school at 15 rarely turns out well. In Brendan’s case, after a healthy dose of French culinary training, he landed on his feet at London’s famed, two Michelin-starred love letter to gastronomy, Le Gavroche. He never looked back. His dedicated fans have been reaping the rewards ever since. After 10 years at the pinnacle of London’s restaurant scene, part of the team garnering a Michelin star at Marco Pierre White at Quo Vadis, Brendan was lured to Los Angeles by celebrated chef, Josiah Citrin. During Brendan’s tenure, Citrin's acclaimed Melise in Santa Monica became one of California's first two-Michelin-star dining destinations. It was the start of a dizzying journey to become one of California’s most celebrated chefs and the first to introduce the gastropub concept to Los Angeles with, his much loved, Waterloo & City. Today, Fia, occupying the iconic, former Wilshire space, remains one of the critics’ favorites, and to complement this much-loved eatery, Brendan has launched a new star in the Chef Collins firmament. Market Tavern is a charismatic celebration of his English roots. The lively gastropub at the Original Farmers Market pays homage to London’s hip pub scene while drawing inspiration from California’s bountiful ingredients. The menu includes Brendan’s renowned charcuterie and his unique spin on epic British classics, such as Fish ‘n’ Chips, Full English Breakfast and the traditional Sunday Roast. For Brendan’s avid followers and LA’s plentiful British denizens, Market Tavern puts the Beverly Grove neighborhood very firmly on the culinary map.