Seen on the second season of the Bravo hit Top Chef, Betty Fraser became a fan favorite for her never-ending energy, constant smile and “tell it like it is attitude.” Co-owner of the award-winning, Hollywood, CA restaurant Grub and the successful As You Like It Catering, she has carved out a niche in the highly competitive restaurant and catering field.
A native of San Francisco, CA, Betty was an accomplished musical theatre performer prior to embarking on her culinary career. Her successful “after-show” parties fueled her desire to pursue to become a chef and in 1995, with her close friend Denise DeCarlo, the pair launched As You Like It Catering and were almost immediately in high-demand. After five years of running a successful catering business, the pair decided they needed a bigger kitchen to accommodate the increasing demand for their services. Running across a 1920’s bungalow that had been converted into a restaurant, they purchased the building and in 2001 Grub was born.
An instant success, Grub and their signature “California Comfort Food” has been embraced by the media and public alike with awards including the 2009 Best American Food, 2003, 2004 and 2005 “Best Lunch Spot” in Los Angeles as voted on by LA Citysearch as well as the 2004 and 2009 award for “Best Brunch Spot.”
Betty’s good looks, high-energy personality and cooking skills have also caught the eye of the media. In addition to her Season Two appearance on Bravo’s Top Chef and subsequent 2007 Top Chef Holiday Special as well as her return appearances on Top Chef Masters she can presently be seen on Bravotv.com’s Lexus Webisode series-Perfectly Delish. Along with her partner Denise DeCarlo, the other half of the “Grub Girls” she was the guest chef in five, 30-minute episodes on the NBC nationally-syndicated Recipe TV show The World’s Greatest Chefs which takes viewers into the kitchens of some of the most high-profile chefs in the nation. Additional recent television appearances include The Food Network’s Rachel Ray’s Tasty Travels where Grub was highlighted as the best breakfast spot in L.A, Weighing In, also on the Food Network, Reality Chat on the TV Guide Channel, Holiday Home Invasion on the WE Network, Trendspotting on ABC News, YourL.A on KNBC and as chef consultants on the Style Network show Foodie Call. Betty was seen on The Today Show cooking her “Ba-Da-Bing Betty’s Grilled Cheese Sandwich” with Al Roker and is an in-demand cooking instructor at William-Sonoma stores throughout the Southland. She is also the two-time defending champion in the yearly LA Magazine Food Event cooking competition.
Betty lives in Hollywood, CA with her two dogs, Sadie and Buddy and in her rare free time enjoys taking in the latest theatre and experiencing the newest restaurants in town. In addition she likes to give to the community through teaching cooking classes and feeding the homeless.