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Chef Russ Aaron Simon is a native of Florida, and was born and raised in Hollywood. He was classically trained at the Walt Disney World Institute for Culinary Arts at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida. During culinary school he began working for Chef Wolfgang Puck in the Downtown Disney area. After culinary school Chef Wolfgang gave Russ the opportunity to work at the prestigious Spago Beverly Hills in 2004, and in 2007 Spago received 2 Michelin stars. While at Spago Chef Russ began to further hone his craft, and swiftly progressed through the kitchen learning everything it had to offer. Once he was promoted to the status of sous chef and assisted Wolfgang Puck opening new restaurants; he began his journey around the country and world. With stops in Los Angeles, London, Las Vegas, Singapore, Detroit, Istanbul, Denver, and Washington D.C., Chef Russ took in the local cultures and cuisines thus expanding his culinary knowledge. Eventually he was tasked by Chef Wolfgang with taking over kitchens in Los Angeles and Las Vegas as the head chef. Chef Russ’s family has lived in Hollywood since the 1940’s, and after almost 2 decades of being away from Florida he longed to return to open a restaurant of his own.

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