Roberto Gerometta was born near Venice, Italy, and educated in France, where he attended design and culinary schools. He then apprenticed throughout Europe, working in the Princess Hotels in the Bahama’s, and then to La Caravelle in New York City. He moved to the west coast as executive chef of L’Hermitage before trying out Seattle, where he opened his own restaurant.
Great Chefs caught up with him in San Francisco at Chez Michel in 1983 to tape their PBS Great Chefs of San Francisco television series. After Chez Michel closed, Chef Gerometta moved back to Los Angeles to work for Nestlé as a corporate chef.