Executive Pastry Chef- The Rose Venice
Classically trained at Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, Joshua Graves didn’t find his calling for breads and pastries until he worked for David Myers at Boule in Los Angeles in 2006. He went on to work at Mani’s on Fairfax, where he continued to deepen his love of breads and pastries. In 2009. Josh met Kris Morningstar and they opened Mercantile and District in Hollywood, in 2001 they opened Ray’s and Stark Bar inside LACMA. It was there that Graves received recognition from Angeleno Magazine for Best New Pastry Chef and Zagat LA’s 30 under 30. After leaving Ray’s and Stark Bar, Graves went on to become the Head Pastry Chef at Faith and Flower in DTLA.
As the new Head Pastry Chef at the Rose Café in Venice, Graves is excited to work alongside Chef Jason Neroni to grow and expand the market while keeping the American feel. Graves is French trained, but was raised in Burbank, so the local flavors have a huge influence on his baking. He likes to let local and seasonal ingredients speak for themselves. He lives by his philosophy of ‘if you’re not having fun, you’re doing something wrong’, and that shines through in his desserts which are light and playful takes on classics.