As Chef/Partner of Vibiana Neal Fraser brings his celebrated culinary talent and years behind the stove to every event transforming Vibiana into a venue like no other in the City. Fraser, along with his partners and Amy Knoll Fraser took over operations of Vibiana in late 2012 and have spent the time since upgrading the facility with a state of the art lighting and sound system, sound abating drapery, high quality, custom rental equipment, a seasoned and talented event management staff, and an extensive dining and craft libations program.
Neal Fraser, chef and owner of multiple restaurant concepts in Los Angeles, started his career in the kitchen at age 20. Fraser touts an impressive resume that includes a degree from the Culinary Institute of America and an honor roll of kitchen credits such as Wolfgang Puck’s Eureka and Spago, Checkers Hotel under Thomas Keller, Joachim Splichal’s Pinot Bistro, Hans Rockenwagner’s Rox, and the highly revered Boxer. Currently, he and his business partner/wife Amy Knoll Fraser own and operate critically acclaimed Redbird; high-volume special events and performing arts venue Vibiana; fast-casual Fritzi Coop at Arts District Brewing Company and in the Farmer’s Market at the Grove.
Located in downtown Los Angeles, Redbird is Fraser’s flagship where he showcases his signature sensibility of refined yet approachable modern American cuisine, influenced by the city’s multitude of cultures. Carved into one of the city’s most historic architectural gems, inside the former rectory building of Vibiana (the cathedral-turned-event-venue), Redbird is singular, timeless and “blissfully grown-up.” The restaurant has received many accolades including a coveted spot on Los Angeles Times’ Gold List by Jonathan Gold and Los Angeles Magazine’s Best New Restaurants list.
Prior to the success of Redbird and Vibiana, Fraser and Knoll Fraser opened two of Los Angeles’ most loved restaurants – critical darling Grace (which closed in 2010) and the recently closed, but ever-beloved, breakfast, lunch and dinner bistro, BLD. A second location for BLD currently operates inside the Los Angeles International Airport.
Fraser’s expansive repertoire includes fast-casual concept Fritzi Coop inside the Farmer’s Market at The Grove. Most recently, he opened a second Fritzi Coop inside the Arts District Brewing Company, a standalone restaurant, with a window that additionally services the brewery.
Outside of the restaurants, Fraser has logged some hours on the small screen, most notably on Bravo TV’s ‘Top Chef Masters,’ Fox’s ‘Hell’s Kitchen,’ and Food Network’s ‘Iron Chef America,’ on which he won his battle against chef Cat Cora. He also won his battles on Esquire TV’s ‘Knife Fight,’ and Food Network’s ‘Beat Bobby Flay.’ Over the years, both Fraser and Knoll Fraser have been active members in the community, donating time and talents to a variety of charities. Six years ago, they co-founded Beefsteak, an annual event benefitting the Los Angeles Food Bank with Simpson’s creator Matt Selman, comedian Eric Wareheim and comedy producer Cort Cass.