Brad Turley

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turley2I was born & raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, picking up summer jobs in a variety of F&B businesses.

I started my professional cooking career in 1994, working for Roy Yamaguchi.  I had other restaurant jobs, including pastry making, bartending and pizza making, but it’s when I ate Roy’s food and started working for him that I embarked on my culinary career.  I worked with Roy for 7 yrs, 4 yrs in Hawaii and 3 yrs in New York.  In 2001, I left Roy’s & the U.S. for Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, taking up the position of Exec. Sous Chef & Chef de Cuisine of Asian Reflections, Caravelle Hotel’s fine dining restaurant.  That was my first experience of officially being a chef & running my first kitchen. In 2003, I was introduced to Shanghai as the Exec. Chef of New Heights Restaurant, Three on the Bund.  I ran New Heights from 2003-2005, bringing it to the peak of it’s success.  Later in Nov. 2005, I  went to work at 239 Restaurant, picking up best mid-range restaurant & 3rdrunner up for restaurant of the year, as well as Shanghai Tatler & Modern Weekly list of top restaurants.  In Jan. 2007, I left to take over Maneo restaurant, where we won best brunch from City Weekend Magazine.  In Sept. 2008, I opened Maya, Latin inspired cuisine, where we won restaurant of the year(‘09 &’10), best Latin Restaurant, & runner-up for best new-comer.

In April 2009, I returned to the states and opened TAG restaurant in Denver, CO, as the Exec. Sous Chef.  October 2009, I returned to Shanghai, full of inspiration & fresh ideas, I left Maya and founded GoGa, opening our doors May 2, 2010.

GoGa has been named, “21 Hot Tables”, 2011- Conde Naste Travel & Leisure; 2011Restaurant of the Year; 2012 Best Western Contemporary – That’s Shanghai Magazine; 2011 Best Chef, Restaurant of the Year, & Best New Comer; 2012 Best American-City Weekend Magazine; 2011 Modern Weekly- Best Restaurant Shanghai; 2012 Shanghai Daily Newspaper- Special Jury Selection/Achievement Award

About the Author
Brad Turley opened Goga in 2010. Since then, he's been serving up fine fusion cuisine, blending the tastes of China & San Francisco. Now with 2 locations, Goga continues to grow as one of Shanghai's most celebrated eating establishments.