Meet the Chefs
Brent Omeste was born and raised in Orange, California. From a young age, Brent had a passion for the kitchen; where some of his fondest memories include cooking alongside his late grandmothers.
After high school, Brent enrolled in the culinary program at Orange Coast College. It was here he befriended classmate Chad Urata and the two would go on to compete alongside one another on the school's Student Hot Foods Team; their team received both gold and silver medals and placed second in the National competition.
While attending culinary school Brent began his career at Pomodoro Restaurant in Newport Coast, followed by The Clubhouse in Costa Mesa, and Kimera Restaurant in Irvine. Succeeding Brent's departure from Kimera, he took on the position of Tournant for the opening of Charlie Palmer Restaurant at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, working under renowned celebrity chef, Charlie Palmer. Here, he quickly rose to Junior Sous rank under Chef Amar Santana and assisted the kitchen in being named “Restaurant of the Year” for 2009.
In addition, Brent has held positions as Executive Sous Chef at Alessa Laguna Beach, Executive Sous Chef at Charlie Palmer under Chef Seakyeong Kim, and both Executive Sous Chef and Chef De Cuisine for the Orange County locations of the Cucina Enoteca. Most days you’ll find Brent cooking behind the taco line at CENTRO, but if he’s not, he’s either spending time with his family, cooking at home, or riding his mountain bike through the various trails of South Orange County.
Chad Urata was born and raised in San Diego, California. After initially studying mechanical engineering, he quickly discovered his true passion and set his sights on a profession in cooking. Chad enrolled in Orange Coast College's renowned culinary program, where he and Brent met, and later competed together in a series of American Culinary Federations student culinary competitions.
Chad started his career in the kitchen of veteran chef Alan Greely of the Golden Truffle. That experience was followed by cooking positions held at the iconic Peninsula Hotel and Surf & Sand Resort. Later, Chad was named Sous Chef at the prestigious Pacific Club in Newport Beach, and Executive Sous Chef at Cucina Alessa in Newport Beach.
After a stint with SLS Hotel's Tres Restaurat in Beverly Hills, under James Beard award-winning Chef, Jose Andres, Chad returned to Orange County and took on the position of Sous Chef at Urban Kitchen Group's Cucina Enoteca in Irvine where, after a short period of time, he became Chef De Cuisine. In this role, Chad took special pride in his ability to refine technique, master the balance of flavors, and mentor the next generation of chefs.
Upon his departure from Cucina Enoteca, Chad worked as a consultant for both Model Meals in 4th Street Market and Zov's Bistro, who received the award of Golden Foodie “Chef of the Year”. When Chad isn't cooking delicious pizzas at CENTRO, you'll find him cruising on his motorcycle or enjoying time with his growing family.