Hosted by Brien

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My passion for cooking started when I was 13 years old in my mother’s kitchen in Redding, CA. I remember turning a package of fresh strawberries into a delicious strawberry ice cream sauce with cinnamon and sugar. I was instantly HOOKED!! From there I began obsession over cooking shows on television and began experimenting with my own recipes. In 2017 I auditioned for and was ultimately named the "14th Best Home Cook in America" by the FOX television show MasterChef by Chef Judges Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi, and Aaron Sanchez. From there I decided I wanted to become "classically French trained" in the field of Culinary Arts so I spent a year studying at the renowned Culinary Institute of America in California's Napa Valley. There I learned the classic French culinary fundamentals as well safety standards for the industry. Today, my passion is bringing my food to the tables of others and teaching about the culinary industry, food and wine.

Brien's experiences

What to expect at Brien's place

CarlaAugust 2019
I had a great time at Brien O'Brien's pop-up in San Francisco. The food was innovative and unique and the wine pairings were perfect. He was entertaining and you can definitely tell the amount of care he puts into his dishes. The venue was at a beautiful Victorian home that made the whole experience feel elevated and still intimate. I recommend booking a seat with Brien!
ArunAugust 2019
meat was tough, dessert was flavorless and soggy. some people weren't served until after others had finished the course. silverware was removed and not replaced for the next corse. would not repeat or recommend. the company was good.
BetseyAugust 2019
if some bread & butter was also served, then the portion size of the 4 course meal would be satisfactory, otherwise the meal was not very filling. The best dish was the avocado soup. Re: the de-constructed cannolis: the pastry portion of the dessert was dry & hard to pierce with the fork, the flavors of the pastry cream was underwhelming. The sweetness of wine pairing for the dessert made it easier to eat. The flight of 4 wine pairings did compliment each dish. The host indicated that number of attendees were more than expected and it was reflected in the slow service, the main dish was not served until 8 PM & explains the "constrained" size of portion servings. The host should have limited event ticket sales to a quantity he could easily managed and have enough prepared food to serve. 2 of my 3 guests' tri-tip was still very tough to cut & eat, indicating that the it may not had enough prep time to make it more tender. I participated in this event, thinking it would be a novel experience for my mom's 80th Birthday. However, she was underwhelmed by the whole experience, thus affecting my own personal enjoyment. I did enjoy the atmosphere & meeting the other guests. However the hard surfaces, the large number of people in a small space increased the noise level significantly--made it difficult to have conversation without having to almost shout.
DaveAugust 2019
The best part was his personality and overall experience. This was great! I'm looking forward to Future events in the area