About The Grove
The Grove, a culinary masterpiece crafted by Common Plate Hospitality, stands as a beacon of exquisite fine dining nestled in the heart of Potomac, MD. Under the visionary leadership of acclaimed Chef Jose Lopez-Picazo, this culinary venture transcends the ordinary, offering a modern and elevated Mediterranean dining experience that pays homage to the rich tapestry of flavors, traditions, and familial warmth inherent to the region.
Chef Jose Lopez-Picazo's culinary prowess takes center stage, weaving a gastronomic narrative that celebrates the diversity of Mediterranean cuisine. From the sun-drenched fields of Greece to the aromatic markets of Lebanon, each dish at The Grove is a symphony of flavors that captures the essence of the Mediterranean culinary landscape.
The dining experience at The Grove extends beyond the plate to embrace a comprehensive beverage program that elevates the overall sensory journey. The carefully curated wine menu focuses on Mediterranean varietals, presenting an impressive selection that complements the nuanced flavors of the cuisine. Additionally, the bar at The Grove takes pride in crafting original and artfully presented cocktails, providing a perfect accompaniment to the culinary delights.
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.