Brad Spence developed his passion for food as a little boy cooking with his mom. It wasn’t long before he decided he wanted to make a career of it and began working in small kitchens as a teenager, prior to entering the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park to formalize his studies. While at the CIA, he worked at the Fifth Floor in San Francisco under Chef George Marrone. Upon graduation, Spence moved to New York to work for Tom Colicchio at Craftbar and Mario Batali at Casa Mono.
In 2006, Spence relocated to Philadelphia to take the helm at Vetri. While working for Marc Vetri, Spence has traveled to Italy to gain experience at Ristorante Loro and Taverna Colleoni in Bergamo. In his first full year as chef de cuisine, Spence continued to hone his skills in Italian food production, having helped construct a curing room so that all cured meats at both Vetri and Osteria are made in-house. His culinary leadership helped promote Vetri as one of the top Italian restaurants in the country.
While working in more upscale restaurants, Brad always wanted to do more rustic trattoria style food. In 2010 he was given his opportunity; Brad became chef partner at Amis, located in Washington Square at 412 South 13th Street. Amis’ menu is seasonally driven and specializes in small plates such as handcrafted pastas and house cured meats. In November 2010, Bon Appetit named Amis one of the top 10 places for pasta in the country.
Brad lives in Collingswood, New Jersey with his wife Kim, who is expecting a baby this year, and their son.