Photo credit: Akshay Sateesh
Untangling the sea bass at 1500 Ocean
Dish Deconstructed: Chef Robert Hohmann explains a top-seller at the Hotel del eatery
On Robert Hohmann’s knuckles, you can read some of his story, translated into tattoos that represent his Sicilian, German and American heritage. The chef de cuisine at 1500 Ocean has average-sized handsperhaps that’s why some of Hohmann’s incredible background isn’t told there. No emblems for how he learned to make bouillabaisse with PBS cooking legend Jacques Pépin. Nothing marking roles he played at famed restaurants from Thomas Keller and Mario Batali.
You can find some of Hohmann’s personal history tucked into his menu. A son of Staten Island, for almost a year he’s led the kitchen at 1500 Ocean, the upscale seaside restaurant at the Hotel del Coronado. We got him to talk about the inspiration behind a best-selling dish there.