Chef Bobby Varua
Chef Bobby Varua
Bobby Varua brings an extensive background in modern French and American cuisine to his position of Executive Chef at Blue Morel Restaurant and Wine Bar at the Westin Governor Morris in Morristown, NJ. Born in New York City and raised in Long Island, New York, Bobby Varua developed his love for cooking at an early age from his father.
A graduate of The Art Institute of New York, Bobby has had the opportunity to work at some of New York City’s most acclaimed restaurants. Under the tutelage of Daniel Boulud (Restaurant DANIEL), Jean-Georges Vongerichter (JEAN-GEORGE), Charlie Palmer (Aureole) and Michael Lomanaco (WINDOWS ON THE WORLD), Bobby has spent over a decade developing his own technique utilizing meticulous philosophy and approach he learned from his previous mentors.
In 2003, Bobby was asked to oversee the culinary regime alongside French born, 3 star Michelin chef, Claude Troisgros in the opening of CAVIAR & BANANA RESTAURANT located on East 24th Street in New York City. A combination of classic French technique and South American ingredients, Bobby was able to put his stamp on the New York City dining scene as TIME OUT NEW YORK MAGAZINE recognized Bobby as “Rising Star Chef” in 2004.
“…working with the Troisgros family was one of the most inspirational periods of my cooking career. To be able to work alongside someone I studied in school was truly a career memory I truly will never forget”
In 2005, Bobby was asked by Tavistock Restaurant Group (based in Emeryville, CA) to oversee all culinary operations of the newly developed ZED451 Restaurants located in Chicago, Illinois. As the Corporate Executive Chef, Bobby’s responsibilities included menu design, instituting operational procedures, and the development of a profitable culinary program amongst multiple units.
In 2008, Bobby came back to the East Coast becoming the Executive Chef of the acclaimed 701 RESTAURANT located in Washington, DC. Alongside JAMES BEARD award winning restauranteur, Ashok Bajaj, Bobby was able to gain notoriety from DC LUXURY MAGAZINE and the WASHINGTON POST for his whimsical take on modern/ contemporary French cuisine.
In 2012, Bobby had the opportunity to take over one of New Jersey’s most prestigious hotels, THE MADISON HOTEL located in Morristown, New Jersey. This 200 room hotel with 20,000 sq. ft of banquet space, 2 luxury restaurants has been a New Jersey icon since the 50’s.
He is married to his beautiful wife Jennifer Varua and is the proud father of 3 beautiful children Owen, Grace and Sophia. He resides in Flanders, New Jersey.