About Us

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Brad Metzger Restaurant Solutions (BMRS), a Southern California based Hospitality Recruitment and Placement firm, has established relationships with and represents the most acclaimed independent fine dining restaurants in the U.S., celebrity chef restaurant groups, casual restaurant companies, luxury hotels, country clubs and distinguished private chef clients. 

 

BMRS has successfully placed the finest Candidates in a wide range of Front and Back of the House Managerial positions, including R&D, Corporate, Executive, Sous and Pastry Chefs, Food and Beverage Directors, General Managers, Director of Operations, Event Coordinators, Sommeliers, Beverage Directors and Restaurant Managers. 

 

BMRS Clients and Candidates include Food and Wine Magazine Best New Chefs, James Beard Award winners and Michelin-Starred restaurants. 

BMRS is the Founder and Producer of the annual LA Chef Conference which is a leading industry conference. The 2020 LA Chef Con is on October 19th with our Media Partner Food & Wine Magazine and our Charity Partner The James Beard Foundation.

 

The BMRS team has earned the reputation as authorities in Hospitality Recruiting and Human Resources, having been quoted by and appeared in the LA Times, Nation’s Restaurant News and  Los Angeles Magazine. Our Test Kitchen, a first for the recruiting industry, has been featured in the LA Times and Food Arts Magazine. The BMRS team frequently speaks to students at UCLA courses in Restaurant Management, LA Trade Tech Culinary School and is on the Industry Advisory Board for the Institute of Culinary Education. The team are regulars at the James Beard Awards in New York, the Food and Wine Magazine Classic in Aspen, and the International Chef’s Congress in New York.

SARAH CHRISTOPHER
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Growing up in a military family, Sarah traveled to many parts of the world and developed a passion for different types of food and wine as well as an interest in hospitality. After graduating from Rutgers University, Sarah moved to Los Angeles and worked in a handful of notable LA restaurants before joining BMRS in 2005.  Sarah truly enjoys working closely with both culinary professionals and clients as they navigate their career paths and their operations.  She and her husband have three children, a family dog, a pet lizard and enjoy coaching sports, cooking family meals and movie nights.

Recruiter
BRAD METZGER

Brad began his restaurant career in 1983 as a bread baker and prep cook at Spago and went on to work at many other top restaurants on the West Coast. In 2003 he founded BMRS and in 2010 pioneered the concept of the Test Kitchen which was a first for the recruiting industry. In 2018 Brad founded the LA Chef Conference which is a premier industry conference on the West Coast. Brad travels the US seeking top culinary and management talent for his BMRS Clients.

President
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Management Recruiter

A native of upstate New York, Hannah’s experience in the hospitality industry began at the age of 15. She followed her passion for the industry, leading her to graduate with a Hospitality Management degree from Syracuse University. Upon graduation, Hannah joined the management team at Shake Shack in NYC. After four years with Shake Shack, she moved to California and found the perfect position at BMRS as a Management Recruiter.

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HANNAH
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An LA local, Ally started her hospitality career like many – waiting tables! After progressing up the ranks in operations, she decided to follow her love of restaurants into hospitality recruitment and joined BMRS from 2011-2015. Rounding out her acumen, she spent the last five years recruiting and opening new concepts with Patina Restaurant Group, Waldorf Astoria/Hilton and Delaware North. Ally leapt at the opportunity to return to the BMRS family in 2020, passionate to help candidates and clients find longterm fits. In her free time, she enjoys bourbon, visiting industry friends, and cozy weekends with her boyfriend + pets. 

Director of Culinary Recruitment
ALLY BARTON
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JACQUI LEANZA
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Originally from Chicago, Jacqui’s love of food and hospitality began at a young age as she spent her summers lending a hand in her family’s Argentine restaurant in Mexico City. This led her to a career in restaurant management and later, recruitment with respected groups such as The Cheesecake Factory and Patina Restaurants. Her career took her to Dallas, New York and Las Vegas before returning to Manhattan Beach where she now lives with her husband and children. Jacqui thrives on making meaningful connections with candidates and clients to help them make the best decisions for their careers and operations. 

Director of Operations
ERICKA PLUMMER
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Ericka joined BMRS in 2015 after several years of working in operations and HR. During this time, she discovered a love of making a difference in others’ lives, careers and success. At BMRS, she has been able to combine her professional expertise of HR and career building with her personal passion of restaurants and hospitality! In her free time, Ericka enjoys spending time (& eating!) with her husband, an accomplished Chef, and her two children.  

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Management Recruiter

Lauren discovered her love for food and restaurants at a young age, getting her start serving tables at a local café in her hometown of Huntington Beach. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, Lauren moved to Los Angeles to pursue her interest in craft beer and the hospitality industry, working in management at several different craft beer-centric restaurants and breweries, such as Mohawk Bend and Bluebird Brassiere. After overseeing the openings of multiple brewpubs, Lauren developed a love for the hiring process and joined the BMRS team as a Management Recruiter, where she enjoys helping candidates start their next professional chapter. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys being outdoors, traveling, cooking and spending time with her fiancée and their dog Zoe.

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Aqua is a very special Skilled Companion, Canine Companions for Independence Service Dog for children with special needs. The Metzger family was fortunate to receive her when she was 2 years old in 2012. She visits the BMRS offices often as our Mascot and she is a very good judge of candidates, often lying down at the feet of ones she especially likes! 

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Benefits For Candidates

  • Confidentiality

  • No charge to Candidates

  • Access to many unadvertised superior career opportunities

  • Assistance with your resume and interviewing skills

  • Understanding of your short and long term goals, as well as finding the culture in which you will thrive

  • Full disclosure of Client Company Profile and Job Description

  • Interviews with decision makers

  • We coordinate interviews and assist throughout the entire process

  • Use of our Test Kitchen for Client Company tastings

  • Assistance with compensation package negotiations

  • Overall career guidance

Keeping the hospitality industry staffed since 2004

Our Ethics

The most ethical and professional standards in the recruiting industry are observed at all times by all BMRS Associates. BMRS will never recruit Candidates from current Client Companies and will never recruit a placed Candidate from any Client. Confidentiality is maintained at all times. We will never submit a candidate’s resume to any position without their permission. We have confidential offices at our headquarters where candidate and clients can meet off-premises from the restaurant locations. Our Test Kitchen provides a discreet location for our Chef Candidates to cook for the BMRS staff and our Client Companies. BMRS believes strongly in giving back to the community and to our industry. We host special celebrity chef dinners at our Test Kitchen for select charities as well as cooking classes for special needs children.