Chefs of Distinction

Piero Selvaggio
Chefs of Distinction / Chronological

Piero Selvaggio

In 1972, two friends, with $4,500, teamed up to open a cozy Italian restaurant. A short while later, with inspirations of his own, one friend ventured off to open his own place Valentino, Santa Monica. Fate and hard work had given Piero the vehicle to fulfill his own dreams. With his passion for wine (especially Italian), a mind for fine Italian foods, and a sixth sense about hospitality, it would not take long before Piero Selvaggio and his dining room would become a haven for Hollywood’s elite and what is considered the country’s best Italian restaurant.

George Hirsch
Chefs of Distinction / Chronological

George Hirsch

Chef George Hirsch has always had a passion for adventure. His adventures began at the age of five on family campouts. Little did he know this would become more than a pastime; it would be the beginning of an adventurous way of enjoying life.