Heart di Vite: For the Love of Art, Science, and Our Environment

What happens when we bring together Napa Valley’s finest biodynamic winemakers with San Diego’s top green chefs?


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Chef Chad White

Executive Chef/Owner, Sea Rocket Bistro

Chad White is executive chef and co-owner of Sea Rocket Bistro in the hip community of North Park, San Diego. White joined the Navy in 2002 after the tragedies of September 11, 2011. There, he found his passion for cooking and adventurous eating while docked at foreign ports and during his post in his ship’s not-so-glorious mess hall. Perhaps unsurprisingly, his culinary preparations are commonly referred to as the intersection of food and art. He left the Navy in 2005 to become a chef de partie at Prince of Whales, and later joined the culinary team at Roseville. He then opened his own catering company, EGO Culinary Trends, specializing in attending to the culinary needs of high-profile clients. In early 2011, he met Elena Rivellino and Dennis Stein, partners at Sea Rocket Bistro, a neighborhood gem specializing in locally-caught, sustainable seafood. The two were seeking an executive chef/partner to enrich their restaurant, and White was the perfect candidate. His culinary skills and unparalleled creativity have caught the collective eye of every food writer in town, and he has become a darling of San Diego’s culinary community.