Jamie Bissonnette earned his Culinary Arts degree from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. In 2008, he joined Ken Oringer as executive chef and partner of the acclaimed tapas restaurant Toro in Boston’s South End and in 2009 they opened the innovative Italian enoteca Coppa. When he opened Toro in New York in 2013, it was met with critical acclaim by The New York Times and New York magazine. Bissonnette was recently awarded Best Chef: Northeast at the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards. Bissonnette is a champion of nose-to-tail cuisine and is known for his charcuterie and passionate dedication to supporting local, sustainable purveyors.
Ken Oringer’s career began under Chef David Burke at River Café in New York, before he moved to New England to work as the pastry chef at Al Forno in Providence, Rhode Island, and Jean Georges Vongerichten’s Le Marquis de Lafayette in Boston. After spending time as the Chef de Cuisine at acclaimed San Francisco dining destination Silks in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Oringer returned to Boston in 1997 to open Clio, and won the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northeast in 2001. In 2009, Oringer and Chef Jamie Bissonnette opened the Italian enoteca Coppa, and in 2013, he opened Toro in New York City