Los Angeles-based tax and accounting firm, KROST, recently brought on restaurant industry titan Chef Phil Kastel (co-creator of nationally recognized Public School gastropubs) who will serve as the firm’s Restaurant and Culinary Consultant. Established in 1939, KROST has a long history in the restaurant space having pioneered accounting technology that was the precursor to what is used today in the industry. Today, the firm’s restaurant practice is led by industry veteran Jean Hagan.

In his role, Chef Kastel will provide a range of value-added services including chef consulting, executive chef services, project management for restaurant openings, training, and more complementing KROST’s already vast suite of business management services for the restaurant industry.

Prior to KROST, Chef Kastel served as the former Executive Vice President of Culinary for L.A. based Grill Concepts, Inc.; owner and operator of The Grill on the Alley, The Daily Grill and the Public School brands, as well as The Ritz Prime Seafood in Newport Beach and Point Restaurants. As the culinary vision behind the fast-growing Public School gastropubs, Chef Kastel served as the co-creator of the concept that was named 2017 Nation’s Restaurant News Hot Concept for innovation, rapid emergence in the marketplace, and consumer appeal.

“Phil is a true chef. His education and experience combined make him a powerhouse in the industry and an invaluable resource for our restaurant clients. Beyond that, he shows up for his clients in enormous ways. I’ve seen him call upon his own personal contacts to make a project come together on time! Together, we can isolate any challenges that restaurant operators face, and implement holistic solutions through our hands-on, catered approach,” remarked Jean Hagan, Principal and Business Management Practice Leader at KROST.

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