Ivan Osusky is a ﬁrst generation Slovak American whose seasoned career spans over two decades. His culinary journey began in 1987 when he worked at his family's butcher store in Union City, New Jersey that specialized in ﬁne Eastern European charcuterie. Having come from over ﬁve generations of master butchers Ivan was immediately introduced to the trade and skills of his family’s native practice as a butcher’s apprentice.
When the time came to decide on a profession, Ivan chose to carry on his family’s honored culinary tradition, he was later accepted into the Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon where he earned his degree in Gastronomic Food Science and Fine European Cuisines.
Following his graduation Chef Ivan journeyed all throughout the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. During his travels he worked in all areas of the culinary industry, from small boutique restaurants to luxury hotels, and even as an exclusive private caterer for television and ﬁlm studios. Ivan is proud to bring his experience, passion, and knowledge into the South Bay food scene to create a truly unique style of cuisine for everyone to enjoy.
General Manager, Adam Aro, studied at the University of Oregon (Go Ducks), Adam embraced the state known for being the birthplace of the Craft Beer Movement and also discovered the Willamette Valley, a world class wine region. With this proximity he soon developed a sincere love for wine and beer and by the time 2007 rolled around Adam was a Certified Level 1 Sommelier at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Since then he has added a Cicerone certification and beer expertise to his ever expanding repertoire.
Adam has an in depth understanding of the culinary business that expands beyond most. This insight coupled with a passion for travel, Adam utilizes extensive influences that span from Europe to Asia, which helped shape his first ventures as a restaurateur with Manhattan Beach’s Rock’N Fish (2000) and Hermosa’s Mediterraneo (2006).
Adam has been able to introduce the ambiance and flavors of Europe through his latest success, Chelsea. Come by the Hermosa favorite and don’t be afraid to ask Adam for a wine or beer pairing recommendation; you won’t be be disappointed.