Getting to Know the Chefs of The Palm Beaches: Meat Market Palm Beach’s Executive Chef Sean Brasel

Getting to Know the Chefs of The Palm Beaches: Meat Market Palm Beach’s Executive Chef Sean Brasel Slideshow
Executive Chef Sean Brasel

Executive Chef Sean Brasel

Mixed Grill featuring Steamed Crab Legs, Prime Deckel and Petit Filet

Mixed Grill featuring Steamed Crab Legs, Prime Deckel and Petit Filet

Meat Market Palm Beach vertical 2 - photo credit Ben Rusnak

Meat Market Palm Beach vertical 2 - photo credit Ben Rusnak

Meat Market - Meat Sampler - photo credit Ben Rusnak

Meat Market - Meat Sampler - photo credit Ben Rusnak

Asian BBQ Lamb Ribs

Asian BBQ Lamb Ribs

Executive Chef Sean Brasel

Executive Chef Sean Brasel

 Chef’s name: Sean Brasel
Title: Executive Chef
Hometown: Denver, Colorado; but, I consider South Florida/Miami home now. I have been here since 2000.
Favorite hidden gem in The Palm Beaches: I like the area around The Strand in West Palm. The park, the pier and the water were always nice places to walk when I lived up there on early mornings.
Favorite band / musician: Depends on the mood, anywhere from Nine Inch Nails to Coldplay
Current restaurant/resort: Meat Market
Brief description about restaurant: A cutting-edge steakhouse
Hours of operation: Sunday – Thursday, 5 - 11 p.m.; Friday - Saturday, 5 p.m. - midnight
Address: 191 Bradley Place  

Tell us about yourself. How did you shape your culinary career, starting from your first job in the F&B industry to where you are now?

I have been in the restaurant industry since I was 15, when I started washing dishes. Shortly after, I became a cook and it’s been a journey ever since. I always loved working with my hands and cooking food seemed to be a natural fit. I love the off hours and I especially love the adrenaline.

Who was your greatest cooking influence?

Madeleine Kamman. I went to her school in Napa Valley when I was a first-year chef and she really showed me the love relationship between cooking and wine. Now when I smell any glass, I relate back to the environment where I learned what went in that glass in order to achieve the aroma.

What is your favorite ingredient to cook with?

Beef and wild game

Meat Market - Meat Sampler - photo credit Ben Rusnak

Tell us about Meat Market Palm Beach. What was the inspiration behind both the restaurant and its menu?

We have a lot of inspiration that all center around making meat the best and most flavorful. I do several cuts – either wood grilled, charbroiled, or pan-roasted. This also plays into the best use of our seasonal items like Swank Farm tomatoes and our daily fish specials using local clams or locally caught fish, etc.

What is your culinary "philosophy" and how are you expressing that at this restaurant?

My culinary “philosophy” is using the best products the best way we know how.  I focus on the main flavor I am trying to showcase in every item and then look at the best way to extract that.

When dining at Meat Market Palm Beach, what type of experience do you hope to evoke?

We try to make Meat Market a culinary experience focusing on several different meats cooked in different ways. I purchase cuts from different ranches and have anything from Japanese Wagyu to Nebraska corn-fed Buffalo on our menu. It is not just about eating a piece of meat; I want it to be a culinary journey in discovering a new favorite carnivorous cut.

Meat Market Palm Beach vertical 2 - photo credit Ben Rusnak

If a chef colleague visited Meat Market Palm Beach, what’s your idea of the perfect meal to recommend to him/her?

I always have a difficult time showing my chef friends my favorite cut as it varies all the time, but I would have to start them with some not typical appetizers. I love the char roasted oysters and our daily local fresh fish ceviche. Then have them try the local and delicious Swank Farm tomato salad or a small grilled Kale Caesar to taste that smoky flavor. Then I would definitely showcase the Meat Market sampler with some Wagyu tenderloin and marinated Certified Angus New York Steak.

Why is Meat Market Palm Beach a “must-try” restaurant for visitors of The Palm Beaches?

Meat Market in Palm Beach has a different feel than most places. The restaurant itself is stunning. We pride ourselves in our stellar service. Pair that with the specials that we come up with in kitchen, you have the epitome of elegant dining. It is an experience that is sure to delight.

How is the culinary scene across The Palm Beaches thriving? Do you think the cuisine across The Palm Beaches has its own signature flavor?

Every city has its own identity. We find that diners in Palm Beach have a lighter palate – typically more attracted to seafood and fresh, local vegetables. The scene in Palm Beach has really been elevated in the past few years, with the influence of new upcoming chefs it always propels us to create the flavors for the area.

What are some of your favorite restaurants in The Palm Beaches (Boca to Jupiter)?

Buccan is one of my favorites. Ian’s Tropical Grill in Jupiter and Avocado Grill have really great Sunday brunches.

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