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La Mar Cebicheria Peruana, San Francisco, CA (Latin)

By Tony Lagana / November 25, 2021

Born and raised in Peru, Chef Gaston Acurio is one of the world’s most acclaimed and influential chefs.  He has built a name and reputation for himself around Peruvian cuisine. Chef Acurio has opened numerous restaurants spanning the globe, focusing on one portion of Peruvian cuisine at each of his restaurants. For his work in…

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GW Fins, New Orleans, LA (Seafood)

By Tony Lagana / November 18, 2021

Chef Tenney Flynn is a well-known expert on Gulf Coast seafood. He has been called the “Fishmonger  Czar of the South.” Chef Flynn began his career at his father’s restaurant in Georgia and then went on to graduate from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. Prior to opening GW Fins, he worked for…

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NOLA, New Orleans, LA (Southern)

By Tony Lagana / November 11, 2021

Emeril Lagasse is a highly regarded American celebrity chef, cookbook author, and national best recipe award winner. Lagasse is also the executive chef and proprietor of thirteen restaurants in New Orleans,  Las Vegas, Orlando, and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. As the winner of best Southeast regional chef,  humanitarian of the year, daytime Emmy award for outstanding culinary…

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Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine Ft. Worth, TX (Latin)

By Tony Lagana / November 4, 2021

Jon Bonnell is admired as a community-driven restaurateur. Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, he spent most of his life pursuing his love for cooking within his hometown. Since 2001, Chef Bonnell has been providing award-winning dining experiences at his signature restaurant, Bonnell’s Fine Texas  Cuisine. In 2013, Chef Bonnell opened his second restaurant,…

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Becco, New York, NY (Italian)

By Tony Lagana / October 28, 2021

Becco has been a theatre district staple since 1993. Chef Gallagher joined the team in 1999 alongside  Lidia and Joe Bastianich to become the Executive Chef. He has shared his talents among numerous charity benefits as well as many television features throughout his career. This James Beard house chef learned to cook in his own…

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Atera, New York, NY (American)

By Tony Lagana / October 6, 2021

Known as the founder of ‘The Sensory Kitchen’, Chef Ronny Emborg brings an elegant and immersive experience to guests. This food artist got his start in Denmark at the Molskroen Hotel in 2002. While working for Queen Margaret II of Denmark, Chef Emborg was recruited by one of the top Michelin-starred restaurants, Marchal at the…

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Via Carota, New York, NY (Italian)

By Tony Lagana / September 28, 2021

Partners, Chefs Jody Williams and Rita Sodi have developed a warm, cozy, Italian atmosphere at Via Carota in New York. California native, Jody Williams, got her start in food service at her father’s hot dog stand in San Francisco. At 24, Chef Williams set out to Italy to learn about Italian cuisine and upon her return,…

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Vetri Cucina, Philadelphia, PA (Italian)

By Tony Lagana / September 23, 2021

Chef Marc Vetri spent many of the early years of his culinary career working in Bergamo, Italy alongside the most respected chefs in that area of Europe. It was during his time in Italy that Chef Vetri perfected his craft of rustic, classic Italian dishes. He took this love of Italian cuisine back to his…

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Smyth, Chicago, IL (Eclectic)

By Tony Lagana / September 16, 2021

Chefs John and Karen Shields originally met while pursuing their individual culinary passions working for the renowned Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago where John was Sous Chef and Karen was Pastry Chef. The husband and wife team later took an opportunity to move to Virginia to redesign the Town House Restaurant that soon became world-renowned for imaginative…

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Next, Chicago, IL (American)

By Tony Lagana / September 9, 2021

Chef Achatz’s career began working in his own parent’s restaurants in St. Clair, Michigan. Shortly after,  he enrolled in The Culinary Institute of America and found himself graduating with a position at Charlie  Trotters. After working through many acclaimed restaurants, Achatz landed at The French Laundry as the sous chef for 4 years. After his…

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