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Meet Our Team

Drew Gavalla

Chef de Cuisine

Drew Gavalla is chef de cuisine at Craft Los Angeles, a position he was appointed to in fall 2015 after a promotion from executive sous chef. A member of the Craft Los Angeles opening team, Drew started out as the lead line cook in 2007 and was named sous chef in 2011.

Drew’s first memories in the kitchen were as a child in Norwich, Connecticut as he helped taste-test his mother’s recipes, however, it was not until after college when he became interested in a professional culinary career. His first restaurant jobs were at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Ledyard, CT, where he worked at various restaurants at the resort, moving quickly up the ranks. As Lead Master Cook at Cedars Steakhouse, Drew learned classical French cooking techniques in a high volume environment, averaging 500 to 700 covers a night.

Drawn by the restaurant scenes of big cities, Drew set his sights on Los Angeles and staged at Craft. Now, several years later, as chef de cuisine at Craft Los Angeles, Drew counts the large, gorgeous kitchen as one reason he loves his work, along with the camaraderie among the staff.

When not at Craft, Drew researches Japanese cuisine at the many Japanese restaurants around Los Angeles and recreates dishes at home as a way to stay in touch with that side of his family’s heritage. He also enjoys playing basketball and takes advantage of the many hiking trails in and around Los Angeles.

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Drew Gavalla

TODD THURMAN

general manager

Todd Thurman shares his passion for the hospitality industry as general manager at chef Tom Colicchio’s Craft Los Angeles.

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TODD THURMAN

Shannon Swindle

Pastry Chef

Shannon Swindle credits a family of adventurous foodies and Chez Panisse’s Alice Waters as his greatest inspirations for becoming a chef. In a time where people were eating canned vegetables and processed foods, his family made everything from scratch. His grandparents’ gardens spawned an obsession for ripe, perfect produce. 

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Shannon Swindle