Our Team

JAVIER CANDON
Proprietor & Chief “Make it Happen” Guy


Javier oversees front and back of the house operations at SER.  He has more than 20 years of experience with both casual and fine dining establishments.  His previous experience includes international work with leading hotels and world-renowned restaurants throughout Europe and the Caribbean, including the Hotel Melia Sevilla, Taberna del Alabardero, and Casa del Duque Vinoteca and Restaurant in Spain; Hotel Relais & Chateau Mas D’Artiny in France; and the Hotel RIU Melao and RIU Palace Macao in the Dominican Republic.  

 

Javier graduated with honors from Europe’s prestigious Escuela Superior de Hosteleria de Sevilla.  A native of Spain, he is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, French, and English.  In his spare time, he fervently watches Real Madrid games, cooks with his favorite 5 and 8 year olds, and dreams about his next restaurant adventure with Christiana.


DAVID SIERRA, ​Executive Chef and Culinary Director


David was born in Madrid and at an early age discovered his passion for the kitchen while cooking with his mother.  He studied culinary arts and spent ten years working in Spain alongside renowned chefs and restaurants before making the journey to the United States in 2009.  


During his time stateside, David has put his culinary skills to work at several of DC’s most prestigious restaurants, including the classic Spanish restaurant, Taberna del Alabardero, the critically acclaimed Fiola Mare, and most recently, SER Restaurant in Arlington, VA.

 At SER, David’s creative and imaginative personality comes to life.  He is passionate about serving guests only the best and freshest ingredients that truly showcase the delectable flavors of Spanish cuisine.  David believes that the food he prepares is a way of providing guests with a special look into his heritage and the culture that treasures sharing wonderful meals with family and friends.

When David isn’t working, he loves exploring new restaurants, visiting the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, and discovering quiet, serene spots where he can escape from the noise and rigors of city life. He is also is a big fan of rock classics like Queen and Led Zeppelin.  Like a true Spaniard, David believes that anytime is a good time to savor a nice glass of red wine with family and friends.

 

DIMITRI "DIMA" BRINZARestaurant Manager & "Steward of the Vine"

Dimitri (or Dima to his friends, family and, well, everyone, really) came to SER as a server, only a handful of weeks after they opened. Quickly establishing himself as a fantastic addition to the team, Dimitri helped make SER the award-winning restaurant it has become. Under the tutelage of the owners and GM, Dimitri became the ideal candidate for management. Having worked his way up, Dima knows the ins-and-outs of SER better than almost anyone. Most nights, he’s impossible to miss, roving about the dining room and ensuring that all of SER’s guests have the best experience possible.

Born and raised in Moldova, a small country in Eastern Europe, Dimitri grew up in a large family (in no small part, this makes him feel right at home in a tightly-knit, busy restaurant). Having studied foreign languages, Dima can make most guests feel right at home, speaking English, Spanish, Russian, and Romanian. A self-styled foodie and wine enthusiast, Dimitri spends his days trying every new thing he can (and regularly revisiting his favorite wines from Rioja and Ribera del Duero).  Just about the only thing Dimitri likes more than good food and a fine wine is watching soccer and cheering on Chelsea F.C.