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170 Wine & Spirit Purveyors • 70 of San Diego's Top Chefs
Celebrity Chefs • Cooking & Wine Tasting Classes
Big Bottle Auction • Continuous Food and Wine Tastings
Over 800 Wines • $50,000 Chef of The Fest Competition

Mark Kropczynski

Executive Chef at Grant Grill

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Executive Chef Mark Kropczynski is known for his personal culinary philosophy that “only the best will do.”  Chef Kropczynski brings to THE US GRANT a passion for creating signature culinary destinations at luxury hotels as well as his training in some of the finest culinary institutions in both the U.S. and France.  At the Grant Grill, Chef Kropczynski is focused on creating a menu that celebrates a flair for both contemporary and cutting edge preparations and masterful and artistic presentations. Together with Chef de Cuisine Chris Kurth, he creates seasonal menus featuring the freshest local California produce, seafood, sustainable meats and other ingredients.

Joining THE US GRANT team in 2006 from the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, Kropczynski was inspired to create a sophisticated dining experience adapted from his classic culinary training.  Kropczynski’s menu draws from the French culinary principals he learned at the Culinary Institute in New York and during internships at La Côte Saint-Jacques and Le Clos Longchamp.  Prior to THE US GRANT and The Inn at Rancho Bernardo, Kropczynski also helmed the culinary programs at El Encanto Hotel in Santa Barbara and the Pavilion at Four Seasons Hotel in Newport Beach, California.

Having worked in commercial kitchens since he was 15 years old, Chef Kropcznski is a natural at demonstrations.  He has appeared on THE FOOD NETWORK alongside Chef Bobby Flay and on numerous television programs with network affiliates in addition to being quoted and providing recipes for a wide range of newspapers and magazines.  He has also cooked for numerous benefits and events including Wine Maker’s Dinners and Julia Child’s Cooking Concert.

About the Grant Grill

The chic 95-seat Grant Grill features market-fresh California cuisine with native influences that emphasize the bounty of ingredients indigenous to the greater San Diego region. Located in THE US GRANT Hotel in the heart of downtown San Diego, the Grant Grill is a haven of cosmopolitan sophistication.

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