Gabriel Ask joined Montage Hotels & Resorts as Executive Chef for Montage Beverly Hills in February 2011.
In this role, Chef Ask leads the culinary operations of Montage Beverly Hills, continuing the property's commitment to creative dining experiences that feature a modern infusion of California's finest seasonal ingredients and artisanal products. Chef Ask is responsible for the special events, private dining, catering and conference services, banquets, and the stunning rooftop restaurant, The Rooftop Grill, which features unparalleled views of the Hollywood hills, at Montage Beverly Hills.
Chef Ask began his culinary career working for award-winning chef Thomas Keller at famed French Laundry and continued on to hone his skills under such other prestigious chefs as Alain Ducasse and Joël Robuchon. Most recently, Chef Ask served as Executive Sous Chef for The Resort at Pelican Hill. Prior to that, he was with the Bellagio Hotel and Casino.
In his free time, Chef Ask enjoys spending time with his wife and infant son, skiing, golfing, traveling, and cooking with friends.
Executive Chef, Scarpetta Beverly Hills
Scott Conant brings a deft touch and unwavering passion to creating food that is unexpected and soulful at Scarpetta and Faustina at The Cooper Square Hotel, both in New York City. Scarpetta garnered a glowing three-star review from The New York Times and was named one of the Best New Restaurants in America by Esquire magazine.
In 2008, Conant opened Scarpetta at Miami Beach's Fontainebleau resort, which received a four-star review from The Miami Herald. In 2009, Scarpetta received a nomination for Best New Restaurant from the James Beard Foundation. In June 2010, Conant opened a Scarpetta at the Thompson Toronto. Scott will also open D.O.C.G, a new wine bar at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, which is slated for December. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Conant was named one of America's Best New Chefs by Food & Wine magazine in 2004. He has appeared on The Today Show, MARTHA and Bravo's Top Chef. On the Food Network, Conant can also be seen as a guest judge on "Chopped" and as host of the "24 Hour Restaurant Battle." Conant has published two cookbooks: New Italian Cooking and Bold Italian.