Executive Chef, Perry’s at Hotel Constance

May 2016

With more than 20 years’ experience in the culinary world, Executive Chef Claud Beltran joined forces with dusitD2 Hotel Constance in February 2016 to develop and launch Perry’s, the boutique hotel’s signature restaurant.

Culinary training began early at age eight in Mexico City where Beltran watched and learned at his Stepmother’s restaurant.   His dream of working in food did not become a realization until much later, after graduating from a UCLA culinary extension program in the mid 90’s. With no practical experience he found himself working with chef Superstar Thomas Keller at Checker’s, downtown LA. When asked about this experience with Keller he exclaims “He makes Gordon Ramsey look like a little girl. I saw twenty grown men walk out of the kitchen crying. Pots, pans thrown, swearing and belittling. Loads of fun!” He moved up quickly in the organization and continued with Keller orchestrating private catering events with an emphasis on wine pairings. Once Keller moved on to open The French Laundry, Beltran launched his first Pasadena restaurant “Dickenson West”, with Barbara West and Derek Dickenson. He then went on to Haley on Green Street (then Cayo at the Pasadena Playhouse) and the beloved Noir Food and Wine, a French Wine Bar with partner Mike Farwell. 

Along with Perry’s, Beltran is now running the successful local Claud & Co catering company along with two nearby restaurants, The Eatery and Bacchus Kitchen. “I am excited to introduce a new twist on Cal Asian cuisine” explained Beltran.  “I will be continuing to introduce new flavors to traditional dishes so there is always something different to try on the menu. I source all ingredients locally so everything is fresh and in season”.

The menu is designed by Beltran and includes items such as pan seared scallops with buckwheat soba noodles, snow peas, carrot ginger vinaigrette and baked salmon with basil & garlic marinade, rosemary risotto, romesco and citrus fennel salad. The curated wine list highlights a varied selection of California wines.

Perry’s is named in honor of Constance Perry, the Pasadena socialite and developer of Hotel Constance in 1926. The décor of Perry’s is contemporary, stylishly sophisticated with a bit of fun. The dining room seats 60 people in a combination of booths, tables and the very popular communal table.  Most of the room over-looks the stunning Spanish-inspired patio courtyard and fountain where you can dine under the stars.