GCA 2018 Committee Members



Chef Neal Fraser

Chef Neal Fraser is owner of multiple restaurant concepts in Los Angeles, Fraser touts an impressive resume that includes a degree from the Culinary Institute of America and an honor roll of kitchen credits such as Wolfgang Puck’s Eureka and Spago.

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Chef/Owner of il Pastaio

Chef Giacomino Drago

Renowned chef and restaurant owner Giacomino Drago has nine exceptional restaurants, including the famous il Pastaio of Beverly Hills. Originally from Galati Mamertino, Italy, Giacomino now operates il Pastaio, Villa Alloro, Piccolo Paradiso, il Buco, Yojisan Sushi, Sushi House Unico, il Segreto, Panzanella
Ristorante, Celestino, and Drago Ristorante.


Chief Operating Officer of Disruptive Group

Sebastien Silvestri

Sebastien Silvestri is a creative, passionate hotelier and restaurateur who has found his
success by holding high the best interest of his teammates, collaborators, partners, and
shareholders, and is passionate about cultivating guest satisfaction in all verticals of the hospitality industry

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Co-Owner/Eater-in-Chief, L.A. Foodie

Ben Waters

Since 2011, Ben has been running L.A. Foodie (@lafoodie), applying his filmmaking background to posting pics, podcasts and
videos of his continuing quest for the best food in Los Angeles.


Corporate Officer, Mr. Chow

Yu Chen

Yu Chen is a corporate officer and representative of Mr. Chow, a GCA award winning group of international Chinese Fine Dining Restaurants. Chen is described as
an avid learner in a versatile creative environment.


Sun Nong Dan

Jayson Choi

Jayson Choi is a representative of Sun Nong Dan, a renowned Korean Restaurant in Los Angeles and past GCA Winner. Sun Nong Dan’s authentic Korean cuisine draws customers from all over Los Angeles.


General Manager, Smorgasburg LA

Zach Brooks

Zach Brooks manages Smorgasburg LA, a weekly Sunday marketing in DTLA with food, shopping and events. Smorgasburg LA is a destination for the foodies of Los Angeles.

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Founder/Chairman, Huading Awards Group

Haige Wang

Mr. Haige Wang is the Founder and Chairman of the Huading Awards, the “People’s Choice Awards of China. He has had the opportunity to interview Chinese President Jinping Xi, Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma, Donald Trump,
as well as Bill and Hillary Clinton.

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Director, dineL.A.

Stacy Sun

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Stacey is an advocate of the city’s culinary offerings and is passionate about bringing Los Angeles to the forefront of dining in the U.S. As dineL.A.
Director, one of her goals is to continue to put Los Angeles on the map as a premier dining destination, and to grow dineL.A. to be a resource for what’s on the culinary forefront for locals and visitors.

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Co-Owner/Head Foodtographer, L.A. Foodie

Lisa Waters

Trained in photography and with a passion for cooking, Lisa posts dispatches from her hunt for the best food in Los Angeles as L.A.
Foodie (@lafoodie).

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Food Blogger, Miss Foodie Problems

Corey Marshall

Corey Marshall is an experienced food, travel, and lifestyle blogger -- best known for her brand Miss Foodie Problems. Since starting her @missfoodieproblems instagram account a few years ago, it has
amassed over 82,000 followers. She loves connecting with other lover

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Professor, University of Southern California

Dr. Baizhu Chen

Dr. Chen is a professor teaching global business at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business


Elaine’s Asian Bistro & Grill

Jimmy Zhou

Jimmy Zhou is a representative of Elaine’s Asian Bistro & Grill, a GCA Award Winning restaurant. Elaine’s is best known for its modern take on Asian Cuisine, with innovative takes on classic dishes including Peking Duck, Yakitori, and Sushi.