Raised on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica and Los Angeles, chef Govind Armstrong is as unique a personality as he is a culinary talent. With his distinctive approach to cooking, long dreadlocks tied behind his back and his easygoing style, he has quickly become one of the nation's brightest stars. As executive chef and owner of 8 oz. Burger Bar in Los Angeles and South Beach, Chef Govind is strongly committed to market driven California-style cuisine that focuses on fresh seasonal ingredients from the finest local producers and farmers.
Despite his relative youth, Chef Govind is a first-hand participant in L.A.'s culinary history and the evolution of California cuisine for the past two decades. His career began at 13 years of age. He spent three summer vacations working with legendary chef, Wolfgang Puck in the trend-setting kitchen of Spago in its inaugural year. Chef Govind also worked for L.A. culinary luminaries Mark Peel and Nancy Silverton at Campanile; Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger at their seminal City Restaurant and Joachim Splichal at Patina and Pinot Hollywood.
Internationally Chef Govind spent time in the kitchen of Arzak restaurant, the preeminent Michelin three-star establishment in San Sebastian, Spain and other highly regarded European kitchens. But he has always been a purist in the practice of California cuisine working with top local producers who provide him with remarkable seasonal ingredients that are the basis for each of his dishes.
As if the demands of the kitchen are not enough, Chef Govind has been busy traveling the world as a consultant chef for Air New Zealand; a member of Macy's culinary advisory board; guest chef aboard Queen Mary 2 and Crystal Cruises and as a culinary ambassador to New Zealand. Additionally, he's been making a wide range of media appearances from print (People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful Issue, Bon Appetit, Gourmet, O Magazine) to television (the Oprah Winfrey Show/ABC, Iron Chef America/Food Network, Top Chef/Bravo, The Today Show/NBC, Great Domestic Showdown/ABC, Extra! and appearances on the Style Network, Fine Living, WE, etc.). In addition, Clarkson Potter/Crown released Chef Govind Armstrong's first cookbook in 2007, called Small Bites, Big Nights: Seductive Little Plates for Intimate Occasions and Lavish Parties.
8 oz. Burger Bar Los Angeles is located at 7661 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA; 323.852.0008.
8oz. Burger Bar South Beach is located at 1080 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL; 305.397.8246. For more information, please visit www.8ozburgerbar.com.