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2014 RESTAURANTS + CHEFS
A VOCE: Ben Lee
Ben Lee brings 10 years of experience and a lifetime of passion for the rustic simplicity of Italian cuisine to the beloved Madison Square restaurant A Voce. Lee began his culinary career in Philadelphia in 2003, working at the revered restaurants Morimoto and LaCroix at the Rittenhouse. In 2007, Lee moved to a position at Ristorante Loro in Bergamo, Italy. Here, coupled with his travels throughout the country, he discovered a passion for Italian cooking which has remained with him ever since. After working with Chef Marc Vetri’s team at the award-winning Osteria in Philadelphia, Lee moved to Manhattan in 2010 and joined Michael White at the Michelin-starred Marea, where he focused on high-end coastal Italian cuisine and was ultimately named sous chef. Now, as Executive Chef at A Voce Madison, Lee puts his personal mark on a renewed menu of simple, market-driven Italian food.
ALL’ONDA: Chris Jaeckle
Chris Jaeckle spent seven years working for Danny Meyer’s Tabla and Eleven Madison Park, before becoming sous-chef at Morimoto, and then chef de cuisine at Ai Fiori in the Setai Fifth Avenue Hotel. In 2013, Jaeckle opened All’onda with consulting partner and industry veteran Chris Cannon. A subtle Venetian influence runs through the menu, calling on Jaeckle's experience at Ai Fiori and Morimoto, featuring crudos, handmade pastas, risottos, and Venetian chichetti. Jaeckle lives on the Lower East Side and spends his rare spare time cycling.
THE BACK ROOM: Scott Cioe
Scott Cioe studied at Johnson & Wales and worked at Scialo Bros. Bakery in Providence, Rhode Island, before joining the team at Gordon Ramsay at The London NYC as pastry sous chef, and then as Executive Pastry Chef. Today he is excited to be working alongside Executive Chef Sam Hazen at The Back Room at One57 at the Park Hyatt New York, complimenting Hazen’s savory offerings with a dessert menu that features his unique take on American classics flecked with Italian inspiration and executed with French technique.
BALABOOSTA: Einat Admony
Einat Admony is chef-owner of New York City’s popular Balaboosta, Taim, and the forthcoming Bar Bolonat restaurants. Balaboosta, which is Yiddish for “perfect housewife,” is also the title of her first cookbook, which reflects her mixed Israeli heritage (Yemenite and Persian) and her sophisticated Mediterranean palate. Chef Admony lives with her husband and two children in Brooklyn.
BARBUTO: Jonathan Waxman
Raised in Berkeley, California, Jonathan Waxman was nurtured in the food arts from an early age. After his start in Berkeley and Napa, Waxman moved to New York to open the celebrated Jams on East 79th Street, followed by Bud’s, Jams London, and Hulot’s, as well as Table 29 in the Napa Valley. In 2001, he opened Washington Park, and today is chef and owner of Barbuto in Manhattan's West Village. He is the author of two cookbooks, A Great American Cook and Italian My Way. Waxman is a founding partner of Nashville’s Music City Food + Wine Festival, and in 2014, opened Adele’s by Jonathan Waxman in the city. Waxman has also partnered with Hollywood director Ivan Reitman to open Montecito in the heart of Toronto. He participated in two seasons of Top Chef Masters on Bravo, where he earned the nickname “Obi Wan Kenobi.”
Bâtard: Markus Glocker
For Austrian-born chef Markus Glocker, attention to detail is nothing new—he trained in classical music as a boy. Glocker has brought his passion, talent, and creativity from the kitchen of his uncle’s hotel in Austria to positions at Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s in London, Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago, and the two Michelin-starred Steirereck in Vienna. He returned to the US as chef de cuisine at Gordon Ramsay at The London NYC, and is now chef and partner at Bâtard.
BETONY: Bryce Shuman & Eamon Rockey
Betony Executive Chef Bryce Shuman grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and from a young age was exposed to high-quality food. Bryce’s hospitality career started modestly enough in 2001, as a dishwasher at Mesh Café in Greenville, North Carolina, where he was quickly promoted to chef de cuisine. In 2003 he moved to San Francisco to enroll in the California Culinary Academy (CCA), while working nights on the line at Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio. Upon returning from a long trip to Europe to work and dine in top restaurants, Bryce moved back to the East Coast in 2007. After trailing at a number of elite NYC restaurants, Bryce settled on Eleven Madison Park based on Chef Daniel Humm’s leadership and the kitchen’s dynamic atmosphere. At Eleven Madison Park, Bryce worked alongside Chef Humm for six years, and credits him for pushing him harder than anyone to achieve his full potential. In May 2013, Bryce opened Betony with fellow former Eleven Madison Park colleague, Eamon Rockey (General Manager). At Betony, Bryce’s menu is inspired by familiar flavors of food he loves presented in a distinctly modern way.
BODEGA NEGRA: Michael Armstrong
Born and raised in Seattle, Michael Armstrong began his culinary education at Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon. He worked at Portland establishments Café Azul and Oliver’s Bar & Grill before heading to New York to work at Jean Georges’s Spice Market and at Morimoto. He jumped at the opportunity to become sous-chef at Morimoto’s Las Vegas outfits, and started his career with TAO Group at TAO Asian Bistro at The Venetian and TAO Beach, where he was promoted to Chef de Cuisine, then to Executive Chef. Armstrong returned to New York City to helm the kitchen at Dream Downtown, where he oversees all food and beverage operations at the hotel, including The Beach, Lobby Lounge, Bodega Negra, and Bodega Negra Café.
BOTEQUIM: Marco Moreira
Born in Brazil and originally trained as a sushi chef, Marco Moreira is the owner of One Five Hospitality, which includes Tocqueville Restaurant, 15 East, The Fourth, SingL cocktail lounge, and Botequim. Before becoming a nationally lauded restaurateur, Marco helmed the kitchen at legendary New York restaurants Bouley, The Mark, and the Quilted Giraffe. Together with his wife, he has worked with Citymeals-on-Wheels and Food Bank for New York City for many years.
BOULEY: David Bouley
David Bouley is chef and owner of the renowned restaurant Bouley, in Tribeca; as well as Bouley Bakery and Market; the Viennese-inspired eatery Danube; the Japanese restaurant Brushstroke and sushi bar Ichimura at Brushstroke. Other ventures include event space Bouley Botanical where guests are surrounded by 400 edible plants and herbs; and Bouley Test Kitchen. He is the author of East of Paris: The New Cuisines of Austria and the Danube, and has received James Beard Foundation awards for best restaurant and best chef.
BUTTER: Alex Guarnaschelli
Alex Guarnaschelli is an Iron Chef, Food Network "celebrity" chef and the world-renowned executive chef at New York City’s Butter restaurant. She is also a television personality on the Food Network shows Chopped and America’s Best Cook. In 2012, she was crowned America's Next Iron Chef on Iron Chef America, currently the only woman with that distinction and only the second female ever to obtain that TV honor. In 2013, Guarnaschelli's first cookbook was published. Old-School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned to Cook.
CLAUDETTE: Koren Grieveson
Koren Grieveson is Chef de Cuisine at Claudette, where she works with executive chef Wade Moises to create a menu inspired by the cuisines of Provençe and North Africa. Grieveson served in the U.S. Army for eight years before attending the Culinary Institute of America. In 2003, she opened Avec with Paul Kahan, where she was she was named Food & Wine “Best New Chef” in 2008 and won the James Beard Foundation Award for “Best Chef: Great Lakes” in 2010.
CENTER BAR: Michael Lomonaco
Michael Lomonaco is chef and owner of Porter House New York and Center Bar in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle. He trained as a chef at New York City College of Technology, and worked at the renowned Le Cirque and 21 Club, before moving on to become executive chef at Windows on the World and the Greatest Bar on Earth on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan. Lomonaco has appeared on The Today Show, The David Letterman Show, Good Morning America, and on PBS’s popular In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs. He has been recognized by The James Beard Foundation as one of New York’s Great Chefs on three occasions, and has received an Ivy Award and a Bon Appétit Award. He has been a CUNY Visiting Distinguished Professor at New York City College of Technology, and lectured at the Culinary Institute of America, French Culinary Institute, and the Institute of Culinary Education.
CLOVER CLUB: Julie Reiner
Julie Reiner has been elevating the cocktail scene in NYC for fifteen years, most notably with the opening of the Flatiron Lounge (2003), the Pegu Club (2005), Brooklyn’s Clover Club (2008), and Lani Kai (2010). As co-owner and beverage director of the Flatiron Lounge, Reiner drew much of her inspiration from her native Hawaii by utilizing the freshest fruits and premier quality spices & spirits available in her original cocktails. Julie’s beverage program at the Clover Club is highly focused on classics, and furthers her signature style of superior quality and green market ingredients. Lani Kai (recently sold), featured a modern tropical décor, Pacific Rim plates, and a more tropical interpretation of Julie’s cocktail styling. Julie’s consulting company, Mixtress Consulting, helps to create top-notch beverage programs and cocktails for restaurants, bars, resorts, and spirits companies. In 2009, Clover Club was honored with the award for “Best New Cocktail Lounge” at Tales of the Cocktail and has been nominated for best American cocktail bar four years in a row. Clover Club was also recently listed #18 in Simon Difford’s 50 best bars in the world. In 2011, Julie was honored with a James Beard nomination for spirits professional of the year.
COSTATA: PJ Calapa
PJ Calapa was born just a few miles from the Mexican border in the town of Brownsville, Texas, and was exposed to diverse cuisines at a young age. Food played a vital role in PJ’s early life, whether he was in the kitchen with his grandmother, helping out at his aunt’s gourmet grocery store, or spending time at the fish house where his grandfather ran a wholesale business. PJ attended Texas A&M University, where he started working at Christopher’s World Grille. It was here that he got his first taste of working behind a hot line and fell in love with kitchen life. He decided then that it was New York or bust so he enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. PJ worked effortlessly to take his cooking skills to the next level and ultimately graduated at the top of his class. After the CIA, PJ worked first at the four star Bouley in Tribeca, and then at Eleven Madison Park under Chef Kerry Heffernan. Following that, PJ assisted in opening Nobu 57 which subsequently received three Stars from Frank Bruni of The New York Times. In 2010, PJ met Chef Michael White and joined the Altamarea Group team that opened Ai Fiori, helping the restaurant to earn three stars from The New York Times and one Michelin® star. In 2013, PJ opened Costata, an Italian Style steakhouse in Soho as Executive Chef and currently oversees Ai Fiori and Costata simultaneously.
CRIMSON & RYE: Rocco Dilillo
After stints at Tony Romas, Rare Bar & Grill, and West 4th Street Restaurant Group, Rocco Dilillo landed at Tom Collicchio’s Riverpark where he served as bar manager and oversaw the expansive beverage program. Crucial to Dilillo’s success in building out interesting and tasty cocktails is spending as much time in the back of house as the front, learning from chefs and their palettes. Rocco now brings this same fundamental approach to cocktail making and bar management to Crimson & Rye where he oversees a team of craftsmen who execute a list of both classic and house cocktails and curate an impressive collection of ryes, whiskeys, and bourbons.
DINNER LAB: Danny Espinoza
Some call him the male equivalent of the Lady Guadalupe, while others call him the most huggable Mexican in Chicago. One thing is certain: his cuisine has placed him on the shortlist for sainthood. As a man of the people, he has travelled the world in pursuit of culinary gifts and Michelin stars to bring back to his windy city disciples. His food shines with the luster of plates from Bistro des Saveurs Castres and Mexique, with the approachability of a humble Mexican mercado. !Es la comida mexicana de la gente¡
DINOSAUR BAR-B-QUE: John Stage
John Stage is the founder and owner of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, a brand that includes six locations (New York—Syracuse, Rochester, Harlem, Troy; Newark, NJ; Stamford, CT; and Brooklyn), a line of signature sauces, and a successful cookbook, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que: An American Roadhouse (Ten Speed Press; 2001). This winter, Stage opened Dinosaur’s seventh location in Buffalo, New York.
ED’S LOBSTER BAR: Ed McFarland
Chef Ed McFarland is known not only for his abiding passion for seafood – which takes center stage at his popular SoHo restaurant, Ed’s Lobster Bar – but also for using his own homegrown vegetables and herbs and drawing from his Italian heritage for original specials like lobster meatballs. A New York City native, Ed graduated from the French Culinary Institute in 1995 and furthered his training with acclaimed New York City chefs – including Sotha Khun at Le Cirque and Dave Pasternak at Terence Brennan’s Picholine – before opening Ed’s Lobster Bar in 2007. At Ed’s, he has created a truly unique spin on New England seafood which has been featured on Toni On! New York, The Martha Stewart Show as well as Michael Symon’s Food Feuds on Food Network.
THE ELM: Paul Liebrandt
Chef Paul Liebrandt has built a reputation as one of America’s most influential chefs with his contemporary take on classical French cuisine and his artistry with even the simplest of ingredients. Liebrandt’s most recent venture–The Elm, located at McCarren Hotel in Brooklyn–marks his first project outside of Manhattan, introducing a concept which focuses on forward-thinking French European fare.
GRAMERCY TAVERN: Miro Uskokovic
Miro Uskokovic was named Pastry Chef of Gramercy Tavern in fall 2013. Born and raised in Serbia, Miro grew up on a family farm where his mother had small cheese and cake-making operations. At seventeen, he travelled to the U.S. for the first time to live in Greentown, Indiana for a year as part of a high school exchange program. After returning home to Serbia and attending hospitality college, Miro relocated to Greentown where he nurtured his love of baking, working with local Pastry Chef Andrea Kirkpatrick in her shop Pastry Diva, known for modern American cakes. He then enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America, where he received an Associate’s Degree in the culinary program in 2008. While completing his externship in the savory kitchen at Wallsé, Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner’s flagship restaurant, Miro met Jean Georges Pastry Chef Johnny Iuzzini, who offered him the opportunity to train as his production intern during his days off. After completing his program at the CIA he returned to Jean Georges as a pastry cook. Within a year and a half, Miro had become the Pastry Sous Chef at Jean Georges, working first under Iuzzini and then Pastry Chef Joseph Murphy. After several years at Jean Georges, Miro was named the Pastry Chef at Aldea, Chef George Mendes’ Flatiron restaurant. Miro’s contemporary American desserts are created out of a collection of personal memories and experiences, as well as influence from other cuisines.
HIGH ROAD CRAFT ICE CREAM: Keith Schroeder
Keith Schroeder is a celebrated entrepreneur, chef, and food educator. He is the founder and CEO of the award-winning High Road Craft Ice Cream, and is actively building a family of food brands, including Sunday Gravy and Winnow Food Markets. Schroeder is currently completing his first book, to be released by Cooking Light/Oxmoor House in late 2014. He lives in the woods, just north of Atlanta.
ILILI: Philippe Massoud
Lebanese-American Philippe Massoud began his hospitality career at Beirut’s Coral Beach Hotel at eight years old. Escaping political unrest in Beirut, he moved to US in 1985 and was determined to “eat his way through the smorgasbord that is the United States.” He holds degrees from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Management and the Rochester Institute of Technology. In 2007 Chef Massoud opened ilili. His mission is simple: Revive an ancient cuisine, re-invent it, and sell the concept to a public who, for the most part, has never enjoyed it as it should be.
JUNI: Shaun Hergatt
Shaun Hergatt is the executive chef of Juni, a harvest-inspired, boutique restaurant, located in New York City’s Flatiron neighborhood. An intimate affair between the guest and Chef Hergatt, the restaurant offers an evolving menu that showcases the bounty of the seasons and ingredients when they are at their freshest and finest. Chef Hergatt’s prestigious background and talent has garnered rave reviews from across the culinary spectrum—from a coveted Two Star Michelin® to a 29 out of 30 across the board rating from the Zagat Survey® and “Best New Restaurant” and “Best New Chef” accolades from Esquire and New York magazines.
LAFAYETTE: Jennifer Yee
Jennifer Yee is head of the pastry program at Chef Andrew Carmellini’s French grand café & bakery, Lafayette. She began at London’s Le Cordon Bleu, and remained in the UK at Gordon Ramsay’s The Connaught, followed by a position with Stephane Sucheta’s team at Yauatcha. In 2006, Yee returned to New York to become sous-chef at Gilt at the Palace Hotel on Madison Avenue, where she took particular ownership of the fanciful and thorough chocolate program. In 2010, she become Charlie Palmer’s pastry chef at Aureole where she was awarded that year’s Rising Star Pastry Chef award, and then moved to the Michelin-starred SHO Shaun Hergatt. Yee’s talents have been featured in the international Art Culinaire, Food Arts, and Saveur, among others.
LE CIRQUE: RAPHAEL FRANCOIS
Chef Francois joined Le Cirque at the beginning of 2014 from his most recent position at the 2-star Michelin restaurant Connaught in London under Hélène Darroze. Prior to his tenure in the UK, Francois cooked in some of the top kitchens in Paris, including the Michelin starred Hôtel de Crillon. Chef Francois’ vision for the kitchen matches the Maccionis’: simple and contemporary. His menu pays tribute to the Le Cirque classics as well as modern French dishes with a lighter touch. Fresh, seasonal and high quality ingredients are prepared with healthy cooking methods (steamed, sous vide, ethereal sauces), ultimately elevating the true flavors of the ingredients.
LITTLE PRINCE: Matt Conroy
Matt Conroy practices his passion for French cuisine as Chef of Little Prince in SoHo, where he combines modern and classic culinary techniques. Previously, he was sous chef at Empellon Cocina, and at Craigie on Main in Boston.
MEATBALL SHOP: Dan Holzman & Michael Chernow
After starting his cooking career at the age of 15 at Le Bernardin and making his way around some of the West Coast’s finest restaurants, Daniel Holzman returned to New York in 2010 to open The Meatball Shop on the Lower East Side. The mix-and-match menu of meatballs was an instant hit and four more locations—Williamsburg, West Village, Chelsea, Upper East Side—opened in quick succession. Daniel is co-author of The Meatball Shop Cookbook, and has appeared on Good Morning America, the TODAY show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and in The New York Times, Food & Wine, Saveur, People and GQ.
Michael Chernow started working in restaurants as a teenager on New York City’s Upper East Side. He has since built a successful career in the industry including seven years at Frank Prizanzano's eponymous flagship restaurant, Frank, where he cultivated a large, loyal following. In 2007, Michael enrolled in the French Culinary Institute, graduating with honors and an associate’s degree in both Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management at the end of the two-year program. In 2010, Michael teamed up with his childhood friend Daniel Holzman and debuted The Meatball Shop in New York City's Lower East Side. The mix-and-match menu of meatballs, served in a warm and convivial environment, was an instant hit. Five more locations of The Meatball Shop—in Williamsburg, the West Village, Chelsea, the Upper East Side and the Upper West Side—opened in quick succession. Michael also co-authored The Meatball Shop Cookbook, which was published to much acclaim in 2011. Michael has appeared in countless broadcast segments including ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s TODAY Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as well as in an array of widely reaching local and national publications such as The New York Times, Food & Wine, Saveur, People, Food Network Magazine and GQ.
MICHAEL'S: Kyung Up Lim
Kyung Up Lim, now Chef de Cuisine at Michael’s, began his culinary career at Tom Collichio’s Craft, and has since worked at restaurants throughout Manhattan specializing in Japanese, American, and Italian cuisines. Chef Lim was born in South Korea, and enjoys using techniques, flavors, and ingredients gleaned from his grandmother’s classic dishes to impart to his modern American cooking the same lightness he remembers from the meals he enjoyed as a child. He strives to focus on both flavor and the art of presentation, using the simplicity of fresh and seasonal ingredients.
MILLESIME: Laurent Manrique
As Chef Laurent Manrique has learned, combining simplicity with challenge walks a tightrope between passion for one’s craft and a desire to constantly seek new opportunities. Currently, Laurent commutes between San Francisco and New York to oversee concepts in each location. Café de la Presse, a renowned Parisian-inspired bistro owned by Laurent, in addition to Blanc et Rouge and Rouge et Blanc, two stylish wine bars in downtown San Francisco, enjoy distinction among the city’s most popular dining and entertainment destinations. Laurent’s New York project, Millesime, an upscale seafood brasserie in the historic Carlton hotel on Madison Avenue, opened in November 2010 to great fanfare and solid reviews.
THE MONARCH ROOM: Michael Citarella
Born into a large Italian family, Michael Citarella began his culinary journey under the guidance of his grandmother and parents, and credits his time cooking with them at the holidays as the basis for developing his palate at an early age. Citarella began his professional career as a top graduate of the New York Restaurant School before focusing his training at legendary restaurants such as Daniel, The Monkey Bar, and Lespinasse with Gray Kunz and Christian Delouvier. He worked under Chef Floyd Cardoz at Tabla, and later rejoined Gray Kunz to open Café Gray. Citarella traveled widely throughout Italy and Ireland, where the cuisine focused on local seafood, grass fed beef, and fresh produce. Citarella’s venture as Executive Chef of Monarch and his approach to fresh market American cuisine is the culmination of his journey.
MORIMOTO: Masaharu Morimoto
Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto has garnered critical acclaim for his seamless integration of Western and Japanese ingredients. His esteemed restaurants in Philadelphia, Mumbai, New York, Napa, Honolulu, New Delhi, Waikiki and Mexico City have won various accolades, including a James Beard Foundation Award for “Outstanding Restaurant Design” for Morimoto New York and Food & Wine’s “Best U.S Restaurant Openings” list for Morimoto Napa. Next, Chef Morimoto will expand his culinary empire to The Mirage hotel in Las Vegas and The Andaz Maui at Wailea resort in Maui.
NOMAD: Mark Welker
After leaving his home in Indiana, Mark became a baking devotee at the Culinary School in Louisville, Kentucky. He was subsequently hired at Larry Forgione's An American Place Restaurant in Saint Louis, Missouri, before moving to New York. It was there that Mark received a degree from the French Culinary Institute’s International Bread Baking Program. He began working at Eleven Madison Park as a line cook in 2006, and, under Chef Daniel’s tutelage, he developed a passion for fine dining. Mark was named pastry sous chef in 2009 and was an integral part of developing the restaurant’s bread and pastry program, focusing his attention on local ingredients and classic New York sweets.
PARK AVENUE AUTUMN: Zene Flinn
Zene grew up in a small farming community in Quincy, Washington, where his father grew apples. A passion for cooking led him to New York whereupon graduating from the French Culinary Institute, Zene dove right in to New York’s fine dining scene working in the kitchen of Nougatine at Jean Georges. In 2010, Zene joined the Fourth Wall family as a line cook for Park Avenue; his dedication and passion for seasonal ingredients led him to a sous chef position within the year.
PEGU CLUB: Audrey Saunders
Audrey Saunders, widely recognized as one of the leaders of modern mixology, is the owner of the award-winning Pegu Club in New York. Through her mentorship, Pegu Club is largely responsible for spawning a number of the country's finest mixologists, and many of Audrey's innovations have been pivotal in advancing the direction of the beverage industry. Cited by the New York Times as “The Harvard of Mixology”, the award-winning Pegu Club has established a global reputation not only for its beverage program, but also for all facets of service in an uncomplicated, civilized atmosphere.
PIORA: Chris Cipollone
Christopher Cipollone is the chef and partner at Piora, the new West Village restaurant, which opened July 2013. Over the past 10 years, Cipollone has honed his culinary knowledge, technique and style by traveling around the world and working in various kitchens in NYC.
RECETTE: Jesse Schenker
Chef Jesse Schenker is the executive chef-owner of Recette, the urban, contemporary American restaurant in New York’s Greenwich Village. Just months after its opening in January 2010, Recette received glowing two-star reviews from both The New York Times and New York magazine. Chef Schenker Jesse has garnered numerous distinctions, from his inclusion in Details’s “America’s Best Young Chefs,” Forbes’ ‘30 Under 30,’ and Zagat’s® “30 Hottest Chefs Under 30” list. Recette was also named “One of NYC’s ten most exciting restaurants” by Manhattan Magazine. Forbes also named him one of “30 Under 30” in the food and wine industry in December 2011.
THE RED CAT: Jimmy Bradley
The author and chef-owner of two popular New York City restaurants—The Red Cat and The Harrison—Jimmy Bradley presides over neighborhood joints that have become destinations for guests from around the city, and the country. A purveyor of straightforward, occasionally irreverent, food and contagious conviviality, all of it wrapped up in an attitude-free package, Bradley has helped contemporary diners rediscover the intrinsic value of classic Mediterranean cuisine, reinterpreted for a modern American clientele. He and his recipes are regularly featured in The New York Times, Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, Esquire and other food publications, as well as on local and national television programs including TODAY Show and Top Chef Masters. His first cookbook, The Red Cat Cookbook, was published by Clarkson Potter in fall 2006.
RED FARM: Joe Ng
Hong Kong-trained Joe Ng is a 42-year-old Chinese dim sum masterchef with more than 30 years of experience. Known for his finely crafted and creative dim sum, Chef Ng makes over 1,000 different dumplings! Currently, Chef Ng is the Executive Chef at RedFarm located at 529 Hudson Street and at 2170 Broadway in New York City. In his recent glowing review of RedFarm, Pete Wells, the current The New York Times restaurant critic, called Chef Ng the ‘Balanchine’ of dim sum.
RED ROOSTER HARLEM: Marcus Samuelsson
Marcus Samuelsson, chef/owner of New York City’s Ginny’s Supper Club and Red Rooster Harlem, is an acclaimed chef, philanthropist, and The New York Times best-selling author of memoir, Yes, Chef. The recipient of four James Beard Foundation Awards, Chef Samuelsson is the youngest chef to ever achieve two three-star reviews from The New York Times, and he has won both Top Chef Masters and Chopped: All Stars.
Rotisserie Georgette: Chad Brauze
Michigan native Chad Brauze began his culinary career working for Daniel Boulud at the famed Daniel in New York City, eventually reaching the role of sous-chef. He spent four months as an apprentice in Parisian restaurants, including the Michelin starred Ledoyen, The Hotel George V, and Restaurant Pierre Gagnaire; and a year in the kitchen at El Bulli. Upon returning to New York, Brauze worked for Thomas Keller at Per Se, and collaborated with Daniel Boulud again, this time on the chef’s book, My French Cuisine. Brauze is now Executive Chef at Rotisserie Georgette, where his knowledge of traditional French cooking and impeccable technique are on display in the restaurant’s classic satisfying and elegant menu.
TALDE: Dale Talde
Dale Talde’s passion for cooking began at a young age in his native Chicago where he learned to prepare meals alongside his mother in the kitchen. The proud son of Filipino immigrants, he grew up immersed in his family’s cultural heritage while also enjoying the life of a typical American kid. Dale applies this distinct Asian-American experience to the menu of his eponymous restaurant, TALDE, located in the Brooklyn’s thriving Park Slope neighborhood. Dale opened TALDE—his first restaurant as chef/partner—in January 2012, and it quickly became a hit with diners and critics alike. In August 2012 he and his partners David Massoni and John Bush launched Pork Slope, a Brooklyn roadhouse serving his take on classic American bar food. In October 2012, he took over the kitchen and became a partner in Massoni and Bush’s older restaurant, Thistle Hill Tavern. In addition to his work in the kitchen, Dale was also a two-time cheftestant on Bravo’s Emmy Award-winning culinary show, Top Chef. He competed in season 4, as well as, on the show’s All Star season, and became one of the show’s most popular cast members.
TAO: Ralph Scamardella
Born and raised in an Italian-American household in Brooklyn, Chef Scamardella acquired many of his culinary values from his heritage. Scamardella spent nearly three decades cooking in the kitchens of some of the most esteemed restaurants in the world, including the Plaza Hotel, Daniel Boulud’s Polo Lounge, and Vanessa’s. He is now Corporate Executive Chef of Tao Restaurant, and is known for his innovative pairing of old- and new-world cuisines, and integration of Italian influences and Asian flavors.
TESSA: Cedric Tovar
Alsatian born chef Cedric Tovar attributes his culinary roots to his childhood in the South of France combined with his Haitian heritage, fueling his fondness for exotic flavors. Tovar worked his way around a number of Michelin-starred establishments in Paris before coming to New York as Chef de Cuisine at Town in the Chambers Hotel. He has gone on to work at Django, the Waldorf Astoria’s Peacock Alley, and Daniel Boulud’s catering company Feast & Fêtes. He is now at TESSA, a modern tavern rooted in Mediterranean flavors.
TORO: Jamie Bissonnette & Ken Oringer
Jamie Bissonnette earned his Culinary Arts degree from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. After cooking in Europe and across the United States, he settled in Boston and opened Eastern Standard as executive chef in 2005. 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. In 2011, Bissonnette was awarded Food & Wine magazine’s first ever People’s Choice Best New Chef. When he opened Toro in New York’s South Chelsea neighborhood 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. Today, as chef and owner of Coppa and Toro in Boston, and Toro in New York City, 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.
Wallsé: Kurt Gutenbrunner
Kurt Gutenbrunner has earned praise for his modern interpretation of Austrian cuisine and his seamless integration of food and art. Wallsé, Kurt's first restaurant in New York, mixes an early 20th century Austrian minimalist aesthetic with works by contemporary international artists. His innovative menu showcases modern takes on traditional Viennese cuisine and has earned a two-star rating from the New York Times and a Michelin star rating. Blaue Gans, Kurt's Tribeca location, pays homage to the traditional pub he enjoyed visiting during his childhood in Austria. And Cafe Sabarsky, on the Upper East Side, is a traditional Viennese café.
THE WRITING ROOM: Lucas Billheimer
Lucas Billheimer comes from a family of chefs who have a passion for gardening, canning, and hunting. Upon graduation from the Culinary Institute of America in 2003, he worked at Le Cirque and Osteria Del Circo in Las Vegas, and Aureole and Lure Fishbar in New York. As Executive Chef of The Writing Room and Parlor Steakhouse, he curates a menu of regional American classics.