Chef Brian West


After 3 years as instructor at the Prestigious Culinary Institute of the Americas and 2 seasons as the operational chef of Restaurant Impossible, Chef Brian West is back in the business of cooking for the public. On April 20 he along with 2 industry veterans opened Smoke: The Restaurant, an Urban Barbeque themed restaurant. Although BBQ is one of his passions, that does not diminish his love for seafood and other regional favorites.

As a young leader in innovative cooking for a wide variety of genres, Brian West pioneered modern fine dining in San Antonio when he opened Café Paladar in 2005, which featured contemporary dishes with a Latin theme and an independent opinion. Sharing and teaching the art and skill of fine cooking at C.I.A. with young talent over the past three years, along with his time on the set of Restaurant Impossible, he saw the opportunity to work with his protégés on a continuing basis by partnering with existing restaurants and opening new ones to provide platforms to share the wide variety of his amazing culinary skills.

Chef Brian West has been cooking in fine dining for over 20 years, receiving his initial training at the Art Institute of Houston, Texas. His culinary skills are wide ranging, he was recently a judge at the “Great American Seafood Cook Off” in Louisiana, and is also a contributor to the best selling book “BBQ Lovers Texas” the must have tome for all BBQ fans. For more information on Chef Brian West- Contact: Scott Keeler 210-859-6916

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Louisiana Seafood Promotion &
Marketing Board
1051 North Third Street, 3rd Floor
Baton Rouge, La. 70802
Call: 225.342.0552