Executive Chef Rob Fleming considers himself a meat and potatoes, comfort food loving kind of guy and a cowboy at heart. With an ancestry comprising a unique blend of 60 percent Algonquin Indian and 40 percent Irish and a culinary career spanning the best steak houses and seafood restaurants in the Washington area, as well as owning his critically acclaimed restaurant in old town Warrenton, Rob is the perfect choice to run the SeventeenFiftySeven Restaraunt at 1757 Golf Club.
Inspired to cook at an early age as he watched his mother prepare family meals in a colorful kitchen in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Rob graduated from Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts in 1988. After a two-year stint as chef de cuisine at Jacquie’s Restaurant, serving classic French and bistro Italian cuisine, which earned accolades as Pittsburgh’s best new restaurant, Rob followed his penchant for something new and landed in the Washington, DC, area. For the next three years, he served as executive chef and corporate trainer in the Tysons Corner, Virginia, location of Morton’s of Chicago, the chain’s third-busiest establishment.
An opportunity to master his skills led Rob to the Arlington, Virginia, location of Ruth’s Chris Steak House in 1993, where for the next six years he was in charge of the restaurant’s culinary program and instituted operational and cost controls in conjunction with the regional vice president. Owing to Rob’s outstanding track record and excellent performance, Ruth’s Chris selected the Arlington kitchen as a corporate training facility, marking the first time a franchise kitchen was charged with training incoming corporate staff, kitchen managers, and chefs. The chain also tapped Rob to train all regional vice presidents at on-site meetings to demonstrate corporate standards.
In 1999, when Oregon-based McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant and more casual M&S Grill opened in Reston, Virginia, the company knew of Rob’s cooking skills and training talents and wooed him to launch their Reston locations. For the next six years, Rob oversaw the operation of the culinary program with a daily changing menu featuring 35 fresh species of seafood. He trained the company’s incoming managers and chefs and established the first East Coast training store. In addition, he assisted in redesigning the food program at the M&S Grill in Washington, DC.
It seemed only natural for Rob to launch his own restaurant. Finding the perfect location in Old Town Warrenton, he did just that. The years of training came in handy as his Crescendo Bistro was named “Best New Neighborhood Restaurant” by Northern Virginia Magazine in the first year of operation. After three years with the down turn in economy, sadly Rob shuttered the doors and his dream. Happily however for 1757 Golf Club he now has taken up with us. Rob’s unique culinary style; traditional approach to great inspired comfort foods and elegant twist to classic preparations, brings the best of the culinary world into sharp focus seven days a week here at SeventeenFiftySeven Restaurant.