Greg Van de Velde
Greg Van de Velde has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Most recently, Greg was running his own business, Culinary Conceptions, where he consulted and advised start-up and established restaurants. Prior to that, he was the co-owner and General Manager of Bottega Americano. Greg oversaw construction, front of house operations, and business decisions at the restaurant. He also developed their wine list, sit-down menu, to-go menu and marketplace retail space. Readers of San Diego Magazine selected Bottega Americano, located in downtown San Diego, as “Best New Restaurant” in 2015.
Prior to Bottega Americano, Greg spent 13 years at San Diego’s renowned Bertrand at Mister A’s. As Maitre d’Hotel and General Manager, Greg managed upwards of $11 million dollars in gross sales annually. The restaurant has consistently won “Best American” from the California Restaurant Association and was recognized as a three-diamond property under his management.
Greg has been an active member of the California Restaurant Association and served on the Board. He currently lives in La Costa with his wife, young daughter and son. He graduated from UC San Diego and speaks fluent Italian. In his free time Greg enjoys traveling, swimming, running, cooking and tending to his vegetable garden.