Bruce Kalman at Union

Bio

Bruce Kalman is the head chef at Union. Born and raised in northern New Jersey, he has spent almost his entire life working in kitchens, and was trained by some of the nationโ€™s top chefs. His culinary career began at a local pizzeria owned by a family friend, where he fell in love with fresh ingredients and the beat of the kitchen.

Accolades

  • Nominee for Rising Star Chef
    James Beard Foundation
  • Winner
    Food Network's Chopped
  • Winner
    Esquire Networkโ€™s Knife Fight
  • ChefsFeed Winner
    One of the Best Things to Eat in Los Angeles

My Restaurants

  • Union
    37 E. Union St.
    Pasadena, CA

Where I Eat

Behind the Scenes

Chef Bruce Kalman reviews  at post.venue.name
"Thanks @foodandwine for featuring one of my favorite dishes in this month's Trendspotting feature! Beet and Crescenza Cappelleti ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฝ"
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"Anything is pastable ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฝ Thanks for the share @forkedup - that was a great day ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ"
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From My Menu

Chef Farid Zadi reviews Duck agnolotti at Union
$$ | Italian, | Spanish/Portuguese, | Modern, | American
Pasadena
1 Review
"Everything about this dish is perfect. The fresh pasta is perfectly cooked, and the sauce has deep, dark, rich flavors. It's so good that I mopped up all the leftover sauce with bread."
Chef Farid Zadi reviews Roast chicken at Union
$$ | Italian, | Spanish/Portuguese, | Modern, | American
Pasadena
1 Review
"Best roast chicken in L.A. Enjoyed it on a Sunday, served family style. You get a ramekin filled with jus. Moist and tender meat, crispy skin. So much flavor. Editor's note: roasted chicken is served throughout the week and served "family style" on Sundays."
Chef Farid Zadi reviews Risotto du jour at Union
$$ | Italian, | Spanish/Portuguese, | Modern, | American
Pasadena
1 Review
"Uni risotto: this dish tastes as spectacular as it looks. The rich, briny flavor of uni really shines in every bite. And it's gilded with mushrooms, smoked corn and even more uni. "
Chef Roger Eggleston reviews Bread and giardiniera at Union
$$ | Italian, | Spanish/Portuguese, | Modern, | American
Pasadena
1 Review
"The chef at Union used to own his own pickle company, so when I saw this on his menu I had to have it again. Everything at Union is done well, but this is a perfect way to start. I will go there to just enjoy this with a glass of wine to start my evening. The giardiniera is one of the best out there. Put that on top of the cultured butter and the crusty loaf bread that he serves along side it and you wont be disappointed."