San Diego Celebrity Chefs

Food and Wine Festival, San Diego Bay, Tomas Baistrocchi, AVANT, Rancho Bernardo InnTomás

Chef de Cuisine

Growing up in a traditional Argentinian home, Tomás Baistrocchi spent his Sundays in the kitchen with his mother cooking lunch and dinner for an extended family of 40. From rolling hundreds of empanadas to manning the grilled chorizo, tri-tip and morcilla, he learned at a young age an appreciation for food, scratch cooking and the family table. That’s the passion he brings to AVANT, as the restaurant’s new Chef de Cuisine. Recently promoted from Executive Sous Chef, the young and energetic chef worked as the Sous Chef for the Relais & Chateaux Fearrington House Restaurant and Inn in Pittsboro, North Carolina and Executive Sous Chef at Icehouse Restaurant in Minneapolis, MN. With extensive culinary training and restaurant management experience in Argentina and kitchen knowledge gained from great restaurants across the United States, Tomás brings a fresh approach to the already successful AVANT restaurant, with his unique blend of front- and back-of-the-house experience. His passion and kitchen style highlight the simple ingredients of the season. Give him some extra virgin olive oil, a loaf of bread and a bottle of great wine, and he’s in his happy place. And with we’re willing to bet this Buenos Aires transplant can choose one great bottle of Malbec.