Neal Fraser

Neal Fraser

Owner and Executive Chef of Redbird, BLD, Fritzi Dog, Fritzi, ICDC and Vibiana

Known for his take on New American cuisine, Chef Neal Fraser has consistently garnered critical praise and is acknowledged as one of LA’s premier chefs, showcasing ambitious flavors and artfully composed dishes.

  • In January 2016, Neal opened casual eatery, Fritzi in the Arts District.
  • In 2015, Neal opened BLD at LAX, an ice cream/doughnut/coffee shop
  • He opened Redbird, his follow up to Grace, in the former rectory of the old Vibiana Cathedral in January 2015.
  • An award-winning chef, Chef Neal was selected to be a member of the Norwegian Seafood Council’s Culinary Board in 2014. He participated on a weeklong culinary enrichment trip to Norway where he was able to see the thriving seafood industry firsthand. Upon returning, he hosted a chef-to-chef dinner at Redbird featuring Skrei, a seasonal migratory Norwegian cod, highlighting the unique attributes of the species.
  • Fraser and his partner Amy Knoll Fraser closed Grace in 2010 to focus their sites on Vibiana, LA’s first architectural gem turned event venue.
  • With two signature outposts and a sophisticated following, popular demand led to the opening of Fritzi Dog, a healthy hot dog concept he opened in 2012 with partner John Moshay.
  • On the heels of Grace’s success, in 2006, they opened neighboring café concept, BLD.
  • In 2003, Neal and Amy opened their first restaurant, Grace.
  • He moved to Rix in Santa Monica in 1997 and then on to a brief stint running the kitchen at the legendary Jimmy’s in Beverly Hills.
  • Fraser opened Boxer in 1995 as Executive Chef.
  • Upon his return to Los Angeles, Fraser was mentored by Joachim Splichal at Pinot Bistro, Wolfgang Puck at Spago, and Hans Rockenwagner at Rox.
  • While attending the CIA, he worked with Thomas Keller at the Checkers Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles and David Burke at the Park Avenue Cafe in New York. 
  • Chef Fraser’s experience working with Wolfgang Puck at Eureka Brewery and Restaurant inspired him to attend the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.
  • Accolades include “Hot Tables” (Condé Nast Traveler), “LA’s 25 Best Restaurants” (Los Angeles magazine), 2007 “Chef of the Year” (Angeleno magazine). Also, in January of 2006, Fraser battled Iron Chef Cat Cora on the Food Network’s widely popular series “Iron Chef America” and became the first California chef to win the culinary competition. In 2013, Chef Fraser battled it out on Bravo TV’s “Top Chef Masters.”