HOMETOWN: Brooklyn, NY – currently resides in Hollywood, CA
PROFESSION: Executive Chef, Ivan Kane’s Café Was
CULINARY EDUCATION: AOS, Le Cordon Bleu in Las Vegas, NV
FAVORITE RECIPE: Avocado panna cotta with pickled ramps and tomato
Growing up in Brooklyn, the son of a first-generation European family, food was an integral part of Alex's early life. Watching his Russian mother and grandmother cooking in preparation for the daily ritual of good food and conversation set Alex on a path towards creative cooking. After travelling extensively throughout Europe, Alex found himself working in Las Vegas at the legendary, five-star restaurant, Lutecé. During his tenure as chef at multiple Bally's/Paris resort restaurants, Alex met famed nightlife entrepreneur, Ivan Kane. The two discovered a shared philosophy for great food and impeccable service. Thus was born Hollywood's Ivan Kane's Cafe Was. Alex's philosophy is to marry local, seasonal ingredients with classic French techniques to create honest, Californian bistro cuisine. Today, in the kitchen or dining room, Alex's passion for his craft is lauded by loyal customers and critics alike.
The Latest from Alex
Top Chef DC: Date a Top Chef!
We've taken the liberty of creating dating profiles for this season's cheftestants (like good yentas would.)
Episode 1: Behind the Scenes
Join the chefs as they their hair down in the house and the Stew Room.
See pics of Alex before he was a Cheftestant!
Who's Who: Meet the Chefs
Get to know the 17 cheftestants competing for culinary power this season in D.C.!
Biggest Scandals: Pea Pureegate
Some of the chefs are suspicious of Alex stealing Ed's pea puree.
Pea Puree Scandal