Brian Massie is Corporate Executive Chef for The Light Group in Las Vegas, overseeing menus at FIX Restaurant & Bar at Bellagio, STACK Restaurant & Bar at The Mirage, Diablo’s Cantina, BRAND Steakhouse at Monte Carlo and Union Restaurant & Lounge at Aria at CityCenter.
Massie's duties as Corporate Executive Chef for The Light Group includes concept development and menu design, hiring and training the staff and recipe development for both new and existing Light Group restaurants.
Massie’s menus are designed to offer approachable American cuisine focusing on simply grilled top-quality meat, fish and poultry. He also incorporates creative and playful twists to classic food items and offers many dishes that are perfect for sharing.
A native New Yorker, Brian decided at an early age that he wanted to become a chef. While studying at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, he worked on weekends for renowned chef Lidia Bastanich at her three Manhattan restaurants, Felidia, Becco and Frico.
After graduating in 1996, Brian traveled to Italy and with Lidia’s glowing recommendation, apprenticed for Guiltier Marchesia at his Bella Vista Vineyards in Erbusco and later for Annie Floydee at Enoteca Pincourri in Florence.
Upon his return to New York, almost two years later, Brian was sought out by restaurateur Charlie Palmer, who hired him as a line cook and roundsman at the famed Aureole in New York City. When Charlie was preparing to open Aureole at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in 1999, Brian had the opportunity to join the team as Head Sous Chef. A year later, he became the Executive Chef for the Charlie Palmer Steak Restaurant, the first free-standing restaurant in a Four Seasons Hotel.
In September of 2001, Brian joined the N9NE Restaurant Group as Executive Chef working with owners Scott DeGraff and Michael Morton. During his two years with the group, Brian was responsible for the kitchens at the N9NE Restaurant, the Skin Pool Lounge, Rain Nightclub, Ghost Bar and the company’s banquets.
In 2003, Brian was hired as Executive Chef by The Light Group for its first restaurant venture, FIX Restaurant & Bar at Bellagio which opened in June, 2004. Massie went on to oversee the openings of STACK Restaurant & Bar which opened at The Mirage in December, 2005 and Diablo’s Cantina in September, 2007 and BRAND Steakhouse in May, 2008 at Monte Carlo and Yellowtail Sushi Restaurant & Bar at Bellagio in July 2009. His latest venture, Union Restaurant & Lounge at Aria at CityCenter opened in December 2009.
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