Peter Rudolph is the Executive Chef of Madera, the signature restaurant at Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts' newest addition to its collection of distinctive properties. Chef Rudolph comes to Madera following two years as Executive Chef at famed Campton Place in San Francisco, where he was named one of StarChef.com's Rising Star Chefs in San Francisco.
Chef Rudolph became interested in cooking while growing up in Martinez, an East Bay town near San Francisco, where he was surrounded by fresh produce that grew in his grandparents' garden. Spending time in his grandmother's kitchen eventually led him to the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, where he graduated in 1995. Shortly thereafter, he began his culinary career as a pastry chef at San Francisco's Brasserie Savoy.
Chef Rudolph refocused on savory cooking by making his way into the kitchens of fine hotels, spending 10 years with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. His career with the luxury hotel brand began at the award-winning Dining Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead in suburban Atlanta. He eventually returned to the West Coast as Sous Chef at Jer-Ne in The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey, and as Chef de Cuisine for Navio at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay.
At Madera, Chef Rudolph says he is coming back to cooking the cuisine he is most comfortable with – refined yet approachable food that honors the many culinary traditions of the Western United States. The well-crafted, market-driven cuisine with bold flavors will be centered on a wood-fire grill. Chef Rudolph will highlight his menu with sustainably harvested and produced seafood and meats that are paired with the bountiful harvest of the surrounding farming communities.
Chef Rudolph lives in San Francisco with his wife, Kristie and son, Logan. In his free time, he is an avid cyclist.
Celebrating the Culinary Traditions of the Bay Area American food, contrary to popular opinion, has a history – and it’s food is a reflection of the naturally occurring flora and fauna, the long-held habits of its immigrants and the ability of the land to support transplanted produce and livestock. The Western Slope of the United States, when first encountered, presented culinary riches beyond comprehension. The vast array of wild ingredients were plenty and diverse, the soil rich and supportive to cultivate herbs, fruit and vegetables, and the land borderless - hence supportive of a multitude of immigrant influences from China to Mexico.
Madera literally means "wood" in the Spanish language – the concept of the restaurant is built around the wood-burning kitchen reminiscent of the California Ranch House and early Spanish missionary heritage. The intent of Madera is to pay homage to the abundant history of this local region - and present cohesive cuisine based on this.
Madera is the signature restaurant at Menlo Park's luxurious Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel.