Chef Alvin Dela Cruz
Chef de Cuisine
Chef Alvin Dela Cruz is Chef de Cuisine for Westend Bistro. Growing up watching Celebrity Chef Ming Tsai on East Meets West, Dela Cruz made the decision to attend culinary school after a brief period of studying computer graphics. “I remember while I was in school, I spent three months trying to perfect a recipe for chicken Alfredo,” he recalls. “Every chance I got, I would visit one of the many Italian restaurants in San Francisco. It was interesting to me that every chef added a little something different so each dish had its own personality. The goal for me is to have my personality shine through in the dishes I serve.”
Chef Dela Cruz shares his culinary passion through the dishes he creates and teaches his team an important lesson; “We don’t just serve a meal, we create a lasting memory through the guest’s dining experience.”
Alvin Dela Cruz started his culinary career in 2006 at The Conservatory of The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay where he fostered his passion for organic, locally grown produce and developed creative, seasonal dishes that showcased his culinary talent. After beginning his career as a line cook, he soon after was personally selected by the Executive Chef to train new employees and interns, and then promoted to Banquet Chef de Partie, Garde Manger Chef, and finally Restaurant Chef of The Conservatory. As Restaurant Chef, Alvin Dela Cruz managed and executed the re-concept of The Conservatory to promote good health, sustaining the environment, and supporting the local economy - all personal passions for Dela Cruz who also enjoys hiking and weightlifting.
At Westend Bistro, Dela Cruz looks forward to upholding the restaurant’s strong tradition of refined, skillfully-crafted cuisine, while offering creative new dishes that exhibit his unique strengths, and highlight the tremendous local sources of the D.C. area.