PASADENA BUSINESS NOW — Culinary Director as it Prepares for Growth Spurt — by Staff Reports
With 11 franchises sold and 51 planned locations on deck to begin opening in the second quarter of this year, Dog Haus is expanding its culinary team with the addition of esteemed Chef Michael Brown as the SoCal gourmet hot dog concept’s Culinary Director. Brown, who previously helmed kitchens for Google, Nike, Wolfgang Puck Worldwide, Inc., and sharpened his knives at Patina Restaurant Group and Red O in Los Angeles, brings 20 years of experience to the table, and will be charged with leading the Dog Haus culinary pack as the three-year-old concept preps for an explosive period of growth.
“I’m an artist at heart and was originally drawn to a career in the kitchen because of the inherent creativity involved in the profession,” says Brown. “I’m stoked to join a team that shares my passion for taking high quality ingredients and putting them together in unexpected ways, and look forward to taking this journey with Dog Haus.”
While providing inspiration for new dish launches and seasonal and limited time offers, Brown will also bring essential managerial skills to his role overseeing menu execution across all current and future Dog Haus restaurants. Most recently, Brown was an Executive Chef for the Nike World Headquarters’ food service operation that fed over 8,000 employees for breakfast and lunch daily, drawing upon his fine-dining background from his time at acclaimed restaurants like Red O and Patina Restaurant Group in Los Angeles, where he originally started his career, to bring precision to the menu in both its conception and execution.
“Michael’s creativity and leadership skills in the kitchen will be instrumental during this pivotal period for us,” Adds Partner Hagop Giragossian, who spearheaded the original menu for Dog Haus and continues to provide culinary leadership. “With his experience running major operations at Google, Cisco and Nike, as well as positions at top restaurants, he’s the perfect person to ensure our brand promise of quality and creativity as we grow beyond our hometown.”
This past fall, Dog Haus temporarily brought Bruce Kalman, a James Beard-nominee (“Best Rising Chef”), on board to consult and lead the charge on a menu revamp, which rolled out at all three Dog Haus locations in November. As Dog Haus plans for expansion beyond its restaurants in Pasadena, Old Pasadena and Alhambra, Michael Brown has been welcomed to the team to oversee that transition. He’ll additionally be leading the charge on new menu additions to be unveiled in the spring.
Haus Dog Haus is Southern California’s craft casual hot dog concept founded by partners Hagop Giragossian, Quasim Riaz and André Vener with a passion for creativity, quality and commitment to community. The first Dog Haus opened in Pasadena in 2010 offering signature 100% all-beef skinless Haus Dogs, Haus Sausages and 100% natural Black Angus beef burgers on grilled King’s Hawaiian Rolls. Open for lunch and dinner daily, guests can choose from signature Haus creations or customize their own from a selection of more than 40 quality toppings. Dog Haus currently has three locations in Southern California with franchises set to open in the second quarter of 2014. For more information visit www.doghaus.com or find us on facebook, twitter or instagram at DogHausDogs.