An Orange County, CA native, Larry Monaco has over two decades of culinary experience cooking for a multitude of high-end, reputable kitchens. Most recently, Chef Monaco worked as a chef consultant for Neal Fraser and Cedd Moses opening the new Fritzi DTLA and Arts District Brewing Company, and has also worked the kitchens at Danny Meyer’s renowned Gramercy Tavern in New York, Nordstrom in Seattle, Hotel MdR in Marina del Rey and Hotel Erwin in Venice, among others. Further, an advocate of volunteer work in his field, Monaco implemented the curriculum for Farestart, the culinary job training program in Seattle.
Now, as executive chef at Viceroy Santa Monica’s CAST Restaurant, Chef Monaco seeks to use the freshest ingredients and techniques to deliver his locally inspired culinary point of view. Chef Monaco’s menu focuses on local and in-season proteins and produce to create delectable dishes perfect for enjoying on CAST’s serene patio. With a passion for sustainable cuisine, Chef Monaco favors beach-driven cuisine, and has also worked to expand CAST’s housemade vegan and gluten-free menu options.