Bruce Kalman

Bruce Kalman

Los Angeles

About Bruce Kalman

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 nation’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.

My Venues


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

Where I Go Out

At My Venues

Bread and giardiniera
Bread and giardiniera
$$, Italian, Old Pasadena
"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."