chef, Pierre Monticolombi, grew up in a restaurant family, so the
kitchen has been a part of his life from early childhood. An Englishman
of Italian and French descent, Pierre knew that he wanted to be a
chef by the time he was 12 years old and began his first apprenticeship
at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in 1979. Following in the footsteps of
many of Europe's finest chefs, he had his classical training at the
Culinary Institute in London, where he excelled in his class.
After graduation, his employment opportunities included a stint at
the world famous Harry's Bar in London where he cooked for Kings and
Queens, an internship at the Rex Hotel in Genoa, Italy and time at
the Family Jazz Club, also in Italy. In addition to these world famous
restaurants, Pierre has worked on several cruise ships and even worked
in Quatar where he developed a flair for Middle Eastern cuisine.
Arriving in the United States in 1991, he took a position with the
Hotel Intercontinental, followed by Savino's and then began a long
run at The Jennivine where he met Lewis and Carol McHenry. Naturally,
he came with them to Rosebud Wine Bistro when they opened in their
new location. Pierre's flair for continental cuisine and his wide
range of culinary skills make him the perfect chef for the new Rosebud
In his spare time, Pierre enjoys collecting cookbooks of all kinds
and with his a collection of more than 400 cookbooks, always has something
interesting to inspire him.