Chef Sven Mede

Sven Mede | Chef | Catch
Managing Chef Sven Mede oversees the menu at Catch, which offers an array of fresh seafood dishes, including a daily raw bar, rotating seasonal veggies, small plates for sharing, and more. Our Santa Monica restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch—with live music every Sunday afternoon. Whether it’s a special event for two, lunch among friends, or dining alone while on business, this is the way to experience the Pacific Ocean.
A native of Germany, Mede began cooking at age 16 through an apprenticeship at a hotel outside of Dresden. After two years, he began cooking at another hotel, initially as commis, but ascending to the position of executive sous chef. His early experience earned the young chef a full scholarship at hotel and restaurant school in Bavaria, where he received a certified master chef degree before heading to England to further hone his skills at Michelin-starred restaurants. Mede relocated to Chicago in 2000 to work as sous chef to Charlie Trotter at his eponymous restaurant before heading west to Las Vegas.

In 2003, Mede became executive sous chef at Bradley Ogden at Caesar’s Palace and took the position executive chef at Michael Mina’s Nobhill at the MGM Grand the following year, a position in which he earned the accolade of Star Chef’s “Rising Star of the Year.” Mede ran the kitchen there for five years before taking over as executive chef at Catch.