Executive Chef and Owner
Ernie Bradley draws on 28 years of experience in the service industry to drive success as owner of Kuriya, San Antonio’s newest izakaya located at Cherrity Bar. Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, Ernie began his career in the service industry at 16 cooking and washing dishes in local seafood kitchens. From his first day in the kitchen, Ernie found the camaraderie amongst the staff intoxicating. He quickly learned that this sense of togetherness within a restaurant was necessary to excel in the fast-paced, stressful environment. After some time in the kitchen he decided to move to the front of house. This move gave him the drive to study wine and other beverages. As well as service standards for sales staff. Which eventually lead to a sommelier position. After several years in operations he decided to go to culinary school at the CIA. This experience opened many doors. One of which lead him to work with Michael Sohocki at the Gwendolyn Restaurant Group.
With Kuriya, Ernie takes pride in the personal growth of his team, as well as the development of the surrounding community. “People who excel in the industry have an innate desire to serve others,” he said when describing his passion for the work. In his previous role as Director of Operations with the Gwendolyn Group, Ernie channeled this passion for service back to the community through philanthropic initiatives at the groups multiple locations, including regular contributions to the San Antonio Food Bank and monthly dinners to serve the Boys and Girls Club of San Antonio. Now through Kuriya’s connection to Cherrity Bar, an establishment that donates 100% of its profits to local charities, Ernie sees a unique opportunity to give back to the community.