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Meet Our Westwood LA Restaurant Team

Chef Bryan Podgorski

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A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas, Chef Bryan’s culinary philosophy is influenced by Thomas Keller, who trained him at Napa Valley’s French Laundry and later named him chef de cuisine at Bouchon Bistro in Las Vegas where he stayed for nine years. After running his own Tavern on the Coast in Orange County, Chef Bryan now brings his innovative approach to classic American comfort food to Double Take.

Lead Bartender Sarah LM Mengoni

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A former stage and screen actress, Sarah Mengoni is well-practiced at being in the spotlight. The Michigan native decided to switch careers when a part-time gig as a bartender turned into a full-time passion. During her six years behind the bar at Chicago’s South Water Kitchen, her original cocktail recipes caught the attention of Food & Wine, Cosmopolitan, Serious Eats, and the Food Network. Since moving out west, Sarah makes regular trips to the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market to stock up on the local fruits, veggies and fresh herbs that inspire the spur-of-the-moment specialty cocktails she makes at Double Take.