Chef Brandon Walker, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, has a range of professional experience in the culinary arts, including time working at renowned New York City restaurants such as The Park Avenue Cafe, Oceana, Asiate, BLT Prime and TriBeCa Grill. After working in New York City, Chef Walker traveled to Europe and Asia to further his culinary experiences. Chef Walker was drawn back to the Hudson Valley because of its rich culture of artisans. Upon his return to the area, he helped to launch Panzur Restaurant and Wine Bar and continued to hone his skills during his tenure there. Following Panzur Restaurant Chef Walker became the opening Executive Chef of the Nic L Inn Wine Cellar on the Hudson. During his time there he received numerous accolades for creating seasonal menus using ingredients from local farmers and purveyors. Not only did it reflect his cooking style but the integrity of the local ingredients. Chef Walker also was a featured on the Food Network show “Rewrapped” in which he won the episode by creating Carbonara with Ritz Bits crackers with cheese. Shortly after the Nic L Inn, Chef Walker founded B&L Hospitality. Currently B&L Hospitality provides consulting services, catering, private events, and culinary coaching services. Essie's is Chef Walkers first restaurant where he will continue to showcase his love for the culinary arts.