About The Grove
The Grove, a culinary venture by Common Plate Hospitality, is an exquisite fine dining experience located in Potomac, MD. Led by acclaimed Chef Jose Lopez-Picazo, it offers a modern and elevated Mediterranean dining experience that celebrates the diverse flavors, traditions, and family culture of the region. In addition to its exceptional cuisine, The Grove boasts an extensive beverage program, featuring a wine menu focused on Mediterranean varietals and an array of original craft cocktails. With its thoughtfully designed space, The Grove also offers a private dining area, perfect for hosting events and creating memorable dining experiences. From the carefully curated menu to the captivating atmosphere, The Grove is a culinary destination that transports guests to the enchanting shores of the Mediterranean.
Chef Jose Lopez-Picazo
Chef Jose Lopez-Picazo is a renowned culinary expert with a passion for creating innovative and exquisite cuisine. With over two decades of experience in the culinary industry, Chef Picazo has honed his skills in various renowned restaurants and catering companies in the United States and Spain. His culinary journey began in Madrid, Spain, where he obtained a Certificate in Culinary Arts from the prestigious Madrid Cooking Institute.
Chef Picazo’s culinary expertise extends beyond traditional cooking techniques, as he has also mastered modern culinary techniques and has trained and developed staff in these cutting-edge techniques, elevating the dining experience for guests.
One of Chef Picazo’s notable achievements was his role as Chef de Cuisine at Picasso, a highly acclaimed French-Spanish restaurant located at the Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas. Under his leadership, the restaurant was awarded 2 Michelin stars, the Five Diamond Award from AAA, and the Outstanding Restaurant award from the James Beard Foundation, among others.
Throughout his career, he has been recognized for his culinary prowess and has won numerous awards, including Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine and Best Tapas from Desert Companion and Vegas Seven. He is known for his attention to detail, commitment to quality, and ability to create unique and memorable dining experiences.
His culinary journey has taken him from Madrid to Las Vegas to Washington, D.C., and he continues to push the boundaries of culinary creativity, delivering exceptional dining experiences to his guests. With his unwavering passion for culinary excellence and commitment to innovation, Chef Jose Lopez-Picazo is a leading figure in the culinary industry and a true master of his craft.