Sebastien Rondier, Executive Chef
Sebastien Rondier’s love of traditional French cuisine and the communal aspects of cooking were instilled in him throughout his childhood in Southwest France. The influence of his grandparents and his uncle, a chef who brought his expertise home, even making fresh sausages for neighbors, was especially meaningful.
After graduating from culinary school at CFA Hotellerie DAX in France, Rondier worked in acclaimed kitchens in French Basque Country, Paris (Le Bristol, Michelin-starred Taillevent) and Monte Carlo (famed chef Alain Ducasse’s Michelin-starred Le Louis XV Restaurant). Monte Carlo was the beginning of a prolific working relationship with Ducasse, as Rondier moved to the U.S. and worked in his celebrated restaurants across New York City (Alain Ducasse at the Essex House, Adour at St. Regis, Benoit) as well as in Puerto Rico (miX On The Beach at W Retreat & Spa), and in Washington D.C. (Adour at St. Regis). Rondier further honed his craft in additional kitchens in D.C., Hawaii and Las Vegas, as well as with a big win on the “I Love It When You Call Me Big Papaya” episode of Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen.
As Executive Chef at Brabo, Rondier is thrilled to lead a first-rate culinary team and use his vast experience to shape a menu of simple, iconic French brasserie fare with a contemporary twist, made from top-quality, seasonal ingredients from around the region.
As passionate as he is about the food, Chef Rondier is just as enthusiastic about that sense of community around it that he observed growing up. With that in mind, don’t be surprised if you see him cooking up something tasty in a booth at the Old Town Farmers’ Market or in the dining room at Brabo, personally presenting a table with one of his signature “chefs plats por deux” or engaging with guests at the bar.
When he finds himself with a bit of free time away from the kitchen at Brabo, Chef Rondier is an avid saltwater fisherman and collector of vintage fly bass lures. Be sure to ask him about it if you’re so inclined.