Head of Culinary Programming Chef Andrew Gerson
Thanks to Brewmaster Garrett Oliver’s books and our initiative at the Culinary Institute of America, the Brooklyn Brewery has become a leader in the culinary world. In recognition of our status, the brewery hired a house chef to manage our participation in beer dinners, festivals and other special events. Brooklyn Brewery Head of Culinary Programming Chef Andrew Gerson came to our table in 2013 with over ten years of culinary experience as a cook, educator and activist. Chef Andrew is a graduate of the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy where he studied for two years after spending a year cooking in Rome. He returned to his native Philadelphia with a deep love of handmade pasta and a passion for local food systems that have shaped his path ever since. His first project was Strada Pasta, a pop-up dinner series in Philly that allowed Chef Andrew to get deeply involved in the community around his cooking. He co-founded the Philadelphia Mobile Food Truck Association and became an active member of Slow Food, blending local foods and products with his training to forge unique combinations and delicious dishes. He first journeyed to Brooklyn to help launch Antica Pesa Williamsburg, after having worked in their flagship restaurant in Rome, and soon enough came to the Brooklyn Brewery ready to continue his culinary journey.
Chef Andrew now travels the globe with our Mash tour, collaborating with local chefs and producers including Daniel Espinoza in Chicago and beyond, Justin Severino of Pittburgh’s Cure, Landon Schoenefeld of Haute Dish in Minneapolis, Brandon Froehne of Mason’s at Loew’s/Forage South in Nashville, Eman Loubier of Dante’s in New Orleans, Johan Jureskog of Restaurang AG in Stockholm and more to produce farm-to-table cuisine steeped in regional flavor and spiced with a dash of pure Brooklyn. When he’s not cooking his way around the world, Chef Andrew keeps very busy here at home, whether he's working on our Dinner Party series or coming up with new ideas to push the boundaries of food and beer.
When he’s not cooking for the Mash or our special events, Andrew takes the chance to crank up some hip hop and get some cooking done at home. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @bklynhousechef for Mash morsels and peeks into his upcoming projects.