Brad Farmerie took a year hiatus from college to move to London and witness firsthand the culinary revolution taking place in the UK. He embarked on a quest for culture and global cuisine, which led to a Grande Diplome from Le Cordon Bleu and seven years of worldwide travel. Kitchen experience in one, two, and three Michelin star restaurants developed his technique, but it was the renowned chef Peter Gordon’s free-spirited fusion that resonated with Farmerie at The Sugar Club in 1996, and later in 2002 when he helped Gordon and fellow NZ chef Anna Hansen open The Providores. Farmerie returned to the States to open the ever eclectic PUBLIC with AvroKO Hospitality Group in 2003, garnering 2 James Beard awards and a Michelin Star. Farmerie and AvroKO followed this success with Asian gin den, Madam Geneva (2008), the meat-centric Saxon + Parole (2011), neighborhood cocktail bar The Daily (2012), and their first venture outside of NYC with NINEBARK (Napa, California) later that same year. Most recently, Brad and AHG have expanded the Saxon + Parole brand with an outpost in Moscow, Russia (2013), and have created the inflight menu for JetBlue’s recently launched Mint experience (2014). Farmerie has been named a “Rising Star” by Star Chefs (2005), an “Emerging Tastemaker” by Food Arts magazine (2007), “winner” on TV show Iron Chef America (2009), “Prince of Porc” from whole hog connoisseurs Cochon 555 (2011), and “dad” by his children Bruno and Scarlet (ongoing).
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
FOOD ARTS’ EMERGING TASTEMAKERS, 2006
STARCHEF’S “RISING STAR CHEF AWARD”, 2005
GLOBAL MAGAZINE TOP 50 “CHEFS TO WATCH”, 2005
NEW ZEALAND FOOD AND WINE AMBASSADOR, 2005-2006