October 17-20, 2024

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Robert Zwirz

Bar Madonna

Executive Chef and Partner, Bar Madonna

Rob Zwirz, Executive Chef and Partner of Bar Madonna, attended culinary schools in New Jersey and South Florida. Early in his career, he worked under Chef Michelle Bernstein at her flagship restaurant Michys and sister restaurant Senora Martinez in Miami. In 2009, he moved back to his home... READ MORE

Executive Chef and Partner, Bar Madonna

Rob Zwirz, Executive Chef and Partner of Bar Madonna, attended culinary schools in New Jersey and South Florida. Early in his career, he worked under Chef Michelle Bernstein at her flagship restaurant Michys and sister restaurant Senora Martinez in Miami. In 2009, he moved back to his home state of New Jersey and began working in New York City at Babbo Enoteca e Ristorante, working his way from line cook to Executive Sous Chef during his tenure before at being promoted to Executive Chef at the company’s sister restaurant, Lupa Osteria Romana, in 2015. Three years later, Rob returned to Babbo as Executive Chef, and in 2019, during Rob’s second year leading the kitchen, Babbo was awarded a Michelin star.

In 2022, Rob worked under Chef Marc Forgione at Peasant and Restaurant Marc Forgione in preparation for the opening of Respect Hospitality’s One Fifth, later taking over the kitchen at Blooming Hill Farm in Monroe, NY. In April 2024, Rob joined friends Eric Madonna and Ray Rando to open Bar Madonna in Williamsburg, an Italian-American inspired cocktail bar fusing art, fashion, and storytelling. Rob’s food menu features witty reimaginings of beloved Italian ingredients and preparation styles that compliment the bar’s cocktail program. Rob currently resides in northern New Jersey with his wife and their 3 children.

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