Chef Philippe Breneman
AQUARIUS, 175 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, California
Learned to cook: at L’Orient restaurant in Omaha, Nebraska, while working through college
Learned to surf: in Cowell’s Beach in Santa Cruz, during beach excursions with friends while growing up nearby in the Silicon Valley
Surf secret: These days, Philippe rides a Santa Cruz Mini Mal board.
Kitchen secret: He most enjoys running the line on a busy night. It gives him a rush like conducting a well-tuned orchestra.