Executive Chef Robert Wiedmaier
Acclaimed Chef Robert Wiedmaier realizes his culinary vision in Old Town Alexandria. Adjacent to Lorien Hotel & Spa, BRABO Restaurant, BRABO Tasting Room uniquely express the sensibilities of this much admired chef. Recently nominated the RAMMY's (Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington) "Chef of the Year," Chef Wiedmaier's Belgian roots, classical training and creativity clearly inspire dishes that are deliciously distinctive and satisfying.
Chef Wiedmaier's signature is as clear and flavorful here at BRABO as at his two thriving Washington DC restaurants, Marcel's and Brasserie Beck; yet he also explores new ground. This latest venture gives Chef Wiedmaier the opportunity to focus his attention on using sustainable ingredients, highlighting regional producers within the context of dishes that are both elegant and accessible.
Chef's Culinary Background
Chef Wiedmaier's acclaimed style reflects his diverse background, lifelong interest in the culinary arts and passionate pursuit of quality. His Belgian father and American mother raised Wiedmaier in Germany, instilling in him a variegated worldview and multi-cultural curiosity. His family subscribed to the French newspaper Le Monde, and Wiedmaier hungrily devoured its stories of famed chefs. Soon he was to follow the path of such chefs, creating a respected name for himself in Europe and America.
After attending the Culinary School of Horca in the Netherlands, Chef Wiedmaier apprenticed at the Michelin two-star Thermidor Restaurant in Hulst, Holland. From there, he worked with famed Chef Eddie Van Maele in Brussels before crossing the ocean in 1986 to become Saucier at Le Chardon D'Or at the Morrison House in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.
His Dream in America
In 1988, Wiedmaier joined the team at the renowned Le Pavillion as Chef Poissonnier. A year later, he moved to the Four Seasons Hotel, the most prominent hotel in Washington DC, to become Sous Chef for their Aux Beaux Champs restaurant under the tutorial direction of Chef Douglass McNeill. For over seven years, Wiedmaier's European experience contributed to the upscale French cuisine of this prestigious restaurant.
Chef Wiedmaier then opened Café on M at The Grand Hotel in 1994, giving him a personal venue to express and develop his own style-combining French technique with a Belgian twist. Two years later, Chef Wiedmaier replaced Jean-Louis Palladin, his strategic mentor, as Executive Chef at the Watergate Hotel and helped them open Aquarelle. Wiedmaier's well-defined approach served as a strong foundation for the 1999 opening of Marcel's in Washington DC. Named for his first-born son, Marcel's is immensely successful and has secured Chef Wiedmaier a respected place in the canon of modern chefs. Marcel's is consistently singled out as one of the best restaurants in DC.
Coming Home to Old Town Alexandria
In April 2007, Chef Wiedmaier opened Brasserie Beck in Washington DC, applauded by Esquire Magazine as one of the Best New Restaurants in America that year. Now, he returns to Old Town Alexandria-where his American culinary career began. At Lorien Hotel & Spa, he is unveiling new facets of his well-honed talents. Named for a statue in his father's hometown of Antwerp, Belgium, BRABO Restaurant and BRABO Tasting Room are certain to become as legendary and longstanding as their namesake hero.
When he's not cooking or tasting, Chef Wiedmaier enjoys fishing and hunting with his sons as well as riding his Harley-Davidson. He and his wife, Polly, and their boys, live in Kensington, Maryland.
Please check out the latest links by Chef Wiedmaier
Chef prepares live Maine Scallops
Chef talks about the importance of using the whole animal as he prepares Lamb
Madeira Sauce at Brabo
Chef Wiedmaier Awarded RAMMY Chef of the Year
In the 2009 annual vote for best restaurants and chefs in the Washington DC metro area, Chef Robert Wiedmaier was honored to receive the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s RAMMY award for “Chef of the Year.”
BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier - Lorien Hotel & Spa Reservations