Dedicated to her Craft                                                                 C    hef Brandwein was born and rai...
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  1. 1. Dedicated to her Craft C hef Brandwein was born and raised in Dining & Cuisine Northern Virginia. She graduated from L’Academie de Cuisine in 2001, making a passionate career change from Capitol Hill to the kitchen. Natural talent and ability landed When The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City recruited Amy Brandwein her with one of Washington’s established Honey Spiced Quail as Chef de Cuisine of fyve Restaurant Lounge in early February chefs, Roberto Donna. With Chef Donna as her mentor, Brandwein refined her skill and 2008, they found a rising star hungry to leave her mark on the became Executive Cuisine for the famed Galileo, Washington area. Within four months, Chef Brandwein brought then helped Donna open his next restaurant, her vision to life and opened fyve Restaurant Lounge. She has becoming Chef de Cuisine at Bebo Trattoria. proven her culinary prowess and developed her knack for flavor, Brandwein jumped at the chance to execute turning fyve into a dining destination with loyal followers. her own culinary vision after being approached by The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, the new home for fyve. Chef Brandwein’s passion is Fig Fusion cooking with local, seasonal ingredients and presenting them in unique ways. Her menu focuses on Mediterranean flavors and puts her Italian culinary background to use with a number of homemade pasta dishes made with precision. The straightforward but heavenly Fettuccine Al Burro is homemade pasta with butter, parmesan, and cracked pepper; and Pappardelle pairs homemade egg yolk pasta with a duck ragu, flecked with tender, shredded duck and parmesan cheese. Her creative take on Surf n Turf marries seared sea scallop and braised pork belly with a three-apple applesauce, a decadent beginning to any meal. The signature classic Amy’s Purse combines cod with a tomato cilantro broth and cumin, presented in an aromatic Chef de Cuisine, Amy Brandwein cellophane pouch that is opened tableside. For heartier dishes, a succulent Filet Mignon gets Tom Field) just the right accompaniments with caramelized figs and a gorgonzola cream. A full wine list representing classic bottles from around the world complements the cuisine, with a number of selections hailing from nearby Virginia wineries. fyve is elegantly comfortable, outfitted in rich colors of red and orange. Settees in front of the lounge’s working fireplace make a luxuriously warm, inviting meeting spot. The contemporary dining room has plush chairs and favorable lighting, creating a welcoming atmosphere to warm up to Chef Brandwein’s cooking. The culinary world is taking note of Chef Brandwein’s cooking. In November 2008, fyve was honored to be named one of Northern Virginia Magazine’s 50 best restaurants. Critic Warren Rojas praised Chef Brandwein’s talent, saying she has “carved out a place for herself among the area’s marquee chefs with a bold Mediterranean vision.” Chef Brandwein’s dedication to her craft and passion for food is apparent in her imaginative cuisine, making a lasting impression on all diners. Tel +1.703.417.2702 305 Best of DC Best of DC 12