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Weekend the farm-to-table movement started taking off, he said. After working as executive chef in Vermont, he moved to San Francisco, where he was a sous chef and then executive chef at now-shuttered restaurant Bar Bambino, where he learned about “whole animal butchering” as well as cheese through the restaurant’s extensive cheese program. When the restaurant closed in 2012, he bought a one-way ticket to Italy and, within two weeks, he found a job at a butcher shop in the countryside of Le Marche, the province to the south of Umbria. He worked there for a year, living with an Italian family and immersing himself in the culture of “what it meant to be a butcher and kind of a steward of good meat-buying,” he said. After more travel between the U.S. and Europe, he returned to California with plans to be an executive chef. An associate of his (now his partner) approached him about needing a butcher to run a shop that he’d built in Redwood City. “Instantly when I walked through the door, I fell in love with the shop itself,” Robert said, Wagyu beef is one of the few meats offered at Bambrel & Co. adding that having never visited that aren’t raised locally. Redwood City before, he immealso makes dishes like Hungar- ensuring a level of freshness diately started researching it. He said that when he discov- ian beef goulash, pork curry, beef that is not guaranteed at larger ered that it was the second fastest bolognese sauce and chicken markets. You also get the owner’s expert growing city in the Bay Area, with andouille gumbo. The shop also a demographic of tech entrepre- sells cheese, beans, rice and other advice. The day he was interviewed, Robert recommended kinds of sauces. neurs and a budThe small, taking a Langherino cheese, ding food scene, butcher wrapping it in prosciutto and he decided that In 2012, Robert craft shop differs from baking it on a low temperature “the timing was supermarket in until soft and squishy. When really perfect.” He bought a one-way aseveral important you slice into it with a knife, the opened Gambrel & Co. in February ticket to Italy and, ways, Robert not- molten cheese oozes out, making ed. Because it’s it an ideal dipping sauce for the 2015. Robert also puts within two weeks, a small business, crispy prosciutto. Robert said he will be teaching it doesn’t mean his experience as chef to good use he found a job at that people can butchering classes in January, expect to find which he intends to offer once a by making sauces a butcher shop. what they’re look- month. The 12-student class will to go with dishes ing for at any giv- go over how to butcher different like pasta, potaen time. It does, animals, identifying the muscles toes, polenta and risotto. On a recent afternoon, however, mean that everything is and cutting techniques, and the shop served pork ragu. Robert always cycling through the shop, breaking down the animal into “primal” pieces (larger pieces, like a leg) and “subprimal” pieces (smaller pieces like the top round, bottom round, and shank). Students will get to take home meat when class is over. Editorial Assistant Anna Medina can be emailed at

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Brad Bain breaks down a whole lamb.

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