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.
A native Angeleno, Chef Fraser is the chef/owner of two of Los Angeles’ best loved restaurants; the former Grace and BLD. Redbird, his follow up to Grace, opened in the Rectory building of Vibiana in January 2015. BLD at LAX and ICDC, an ice cream/doughnut/coffee shop also debuted in 2015. Fritzi Dog, his healthy hot dog concept with partner John Moshay, is located in the Original Farmers Market.
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. While there he worked with Thomas Keller at the Checkers Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles and David Burke at the Park Avenue Cafe in New York. Upon his return to Los Angeles, Fraser was mentored by Joachim Splichal at Pinot Bistro, Wolfgang Puck at Spago, and Hans Rockenwagner at Rox. His first chef gig was the critically acclaimed Boxer. Chef Fraser continued to garner praise with his stints at Rix in Santa Monica and Jimmy’s in Beverly Hills. In 2003, Fraser, along with his partner Amy Knoll Fraser, opened Grace followed by BLD in 2006. Fritzi Dog opened in the summer of 2012.
Chef Fraser battled Iron Chef Cat Cora in 2006 on Food Network’s widely popular series “Iron Chef America” and became the first California chef to win the culinary competition. He was named Angeleno Magazine’s “Chef of the Year” in 2007. Fraser most recently appeared on BravoTV’s Season 5 of “Top Chef Masters” and was victorious on the Esquire Network’s “Knife Fight.”