Chef Nelson German is a Dominican-American who was born and bred in uptown Manhattan’s Washington Heights. He has trained countless hours in NYC kitchens and has spent over a decade creating his destiny through culinary travels, including his most recent stint in September 2019 when he picked up simple but brilliant Italian cooking techniques by staging at the renowned Senza Civico Ristorante located in a small Italian town called Rodi Garganico in the Puglia region. Nelson’s passion, drive and humble nature has propelled him through the hardships of the restaurant industry to finally seeing his dream come true in his first Chef-driven eatery, alaMar Kitchen & Bar, located in the heart of Uptown Oakland (est. 2014).
German’s unorthodox culinary style draws from his Dominican heritage, his embrace of Mediterranean cuisine and Asian influence from working under internationally acclaimed Chef Yugi Wakiya. Coupled with his love of California’s passion for ingredients that are local and sustainable, his cuisine draws people in by its uniqueness and comforting flavor profiles.
alaMar marks the very first venture born from Nelson's love and passion for creating art with his food. In September 2019, Chef Nelson was featured in a newly released cookbook titled, East Bay Cooks.