For as long as he can remember, Peter Chase has been obsessed with the social intercourse between a host and his guests - the practiced art of hospitality.   At a young age, Peter began his career as a summer apprentice on Cape Cod working for Chef Carl Johnson at the Coonamessett Inn.  It was there, doing everything from weeding the herb garden to making lobster bisque, that he got his first taste for restaurants.  Years later, having held every job imaginable in a restaurant, he graduated from the famed Cornell School of Hotel Administration and accepted one of only eight highly coveted positions with Four Seasons Hotels.  Initially he worked at Truffles, one of North America’s most revered restaurants, before moving to Chicago to assist with the opening of the group's first Five Star/Five Diamond property, the Four Seasons Chicago. 

After two years and the creation of two world-class restaurants Peter sought out a new platform for his talents assisting with the creation of Roberto Ruggeri's second restaurant in the United States, Bice Chicago, which remains one of the city’s landmark institutions.  Following Bice, Peter's reputation for fresh concepts and effective execution secured him a spot with Pino Luongo in the development of Coco Pazzo.  For the next three years, he worked hand-in-hand with Luongo in the creation of three other high-end restaurants, including Mad 61 at Barney's and Amacord before moving to the group's flagship property, Le Madri, in New York City. 

At twenty-seven, when others his age were just getting used to the idea of full time work, Peter joined forces with Chef Mark Strausman to create their own restaurant, Campagna.  Peter’s brilliant management catapulted the restaurant to the forefront of New York City’s dining scene where it saw more headlines and A-list celebrities than one could count.  Dubbed “media central” by New York Magazine, it was the catalyst that inspired the revival of both the Flatiron district and the Gramercy Park neighborhood. 

Campagna afforded Peter a platform from which to flourish.  Over the next several years he consulted in the creation of several restaurants and launched Bash, an event planning company for prominent clients socializing globally.  In 1998, Peter worked with Hakan Swahn and Marcus Sammuelson, developing a division of their three-star restaurant Aquavit in Minneapolis.  Later he accepted a position as the Director of Operations for the group.

In 2000, after the exodus of Rande Gerber, Ian Schrager sought out Peter to manage and develop bars at each of his hotels.  In his new capacity as Vice President of Bars, he oversaw fourteen bars in nine hotels, spanning New York, London, Miami, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, and the creation of several new ones.  After his extraordinary success with Ian Schrager Hotels and with Ian’s full support, in 2002 Peter founded bpc – short for “by Peter Chase”, a company whose primary interests are developing and managing creative hospitality concepts.  To date, choice creations and clients include the overnight sensation Skybar Miami Beach, the nightlife altering Wunderbar at the W Montreal, as well as, MGM Grand Casinos (MGM, Mandalay Bay, Luxor, Borgata) in Las Vegas, Detroit and Atlantic City, Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, Garden of Ono, and the W San Diego.  

Peter excels in every possible hospitality medium and continues to evolve his art.  With accolades aplenty, it is easy to see why Peter is considered by those in the industry to be a rare talent and a heavyweight of international stature.  He is a concept specialist, a consummate professional and a true host in every sense of the word.

 

Peter Chase - Bars & Marketing