By “Left Coast”, we are emphasizing our dedication of focusing the menu, and a majority of our beer & wines, towards the five Pacific states: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii. We utilize seasonal products to continually rotate specials, in addition to enhancing some of our more regular staples. We resource our product from local purveyors, as much as we are able to, and additionally from resources all along the West Coast.
Owner & Executive Chef
Chef Gray Rollin is renowned for his wide variety of experiences and culinary creativity.Since 2008, he has served as a celebrity Tour Chef for many well-known performers, including Motley Crue, KISS, Black Eyed Peas, Sarah McLachlan, the Rockettes, Katy Perry, Blink 182, Godsmack,and Tori Amos. Since the summer of 2011 Chef Gray has traveled exclusively with Linkin Park to more than 40 countries with tours to Asia, Europe, South America, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and more.
He attended the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco graduating with an A.O.S. degree in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts. Upon graduation, Chef Gray became Sous Chef at I’O Restaurant in Lahaina, Maui. At I’O he was mentored by Chef James McDonald and learned the art of Pacific-fusion cooking. After three years in Maui, Chef Gray moved to Washington D.C. to open Nage, an “east-coast” eatery. There he created seasonal menus often with a strong Pacific-fusion influence. The reviews in D.C. were remarkable, including…”The chef from Hawaii is magical”…and… “‘The Crabby Catch’ as Chef Gray called it, is a staple from his days in Hawaii and punches up the flavor.” The Washington Post said…”Get into the swim before the swells do.” And, the Georgetowner called his food… “Shamefully delicious, edible concoctions.”
Chef Gray attended the Chaing Mai Thai Cookery School in Thailand. He is the winner of five local iron chef competitions, including two at the CCA and two at the Maui Iron Chef competition. His food has been featured on the cover of Maui Menu magazine and he participated in a nine-episode TV show in Hawaii. He has volunteered with the D.C. Food Fight Fundraiser in D.C. and with Loaves and Fishes in Richmond, CA.