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Thursday, May 18
Kristen Essig & Michael Stoltzfus
New Orleans, LA
Kristen & Michael are co-chefs and owners of Coquette. Coquette, a restaurant located in New Orleans Garden District, was opened by Michael in 2008 and Kristen joined the team in 2016. The Garden District building was built in the late 1880’s and has been among other things a residence, grocery store & auto parts store. Dining rooms on two floors and a 12 seat bar, Coquette offers innovative southern cuisine with an emphasis on locally sourced product. Featuring an accessible international (and largely natrual) wine list, classic and creative New Orleans cocktails and a well-traveled beer list. Kristen & Michael consider themselves lucky to work with small farms across the south as well as one of three restaurants that sponsors Paradigm Gardens, a urban farm in New Orleans Central City. Coquette is considered one of the "Top Ten Restaurants" in New Orleans by the Times Picayune (2017). Kristen has been named a James Bird Semifinalist for Best Chef in the South (2017), one of Coastal Living Magazines “5 Coastal Chefs to Watch” (2015), nominated as one of Food & Wine Magazine’s “The People’s Best New Chef” (2015), and one of Times Picayunes Chefs to Watch (2014). Michael has been named a Star Chef’s “Rising Star", Chef of the Year by New Orleans Magazine (2013) and a James Bird Semifinalist for Best Chef in the South (2013-2017).
New York, NY
With a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies & English Literature from Washington University and no prior cooking experience Min joined Chef Floyd Cardoz’s ranks at Tabla Restaurant, working all stations and eventually rising to tournant. Two years later, she joined Chef Carmellini at A Voce in Madison Square Park and went on to become a member of the opening team at his beloved Italian taverna, Locanda Verde, as sous chef. In 2011 Kong joined Chef Daniel Humm’s team at The NoMad where she served on the culinary team of both the Michelin-starred restaurant and the adjoining 168-room hotel. Kong later served as Executive Sous Chef at Carbone. Min's most recent position was heading the kitchen at seasonal, vegetable driven Little Park, as Chef de Cuisine.
New York, NY
Andy Wooton is a Sous Chef at Rebelle in NYC. Andy has cooked in kitchens all over the US including Texas, Colorado, California, and New York. Through his travels he has picked up many trade skills and secrets, and loves to share them. He enjoys hanging out with his dog in his free time and watching both kinds of football.
New York, NY
Daniel Eddy, a native New Yorker, began his culinary career in 2004. After four years of cooking in NYC, Daniel decided to travel, ultimately landing in Paris in 2009. There he had a chance to work with Daniel Rose at his acclaimed restaurant, Spring. Soon after, Chef Rose offered Daniel a post in the opening of his new restaurant. In May 2010, he returned to Paris, and after a year and a half, Chef Rose promoted Daniel to Sous Chef de Cuisine. After three years at Spring, Daniel returned home to NYC, and in April of 2015 he opened Rebelle restaurant, receiving critical acclaim and a Michelin star in its first year. Daniel resides in Brooklyn.
New York, NY
Matt Conroy is the Chef at Virginia’s, a modern American bistro in NYC’s East Village featuring a seasonally focused, marketdriven menu and esoteric wine list. Conroy’s culinary awakening came early in life. By the age of 15 he spent most of his free time in kitchens of local restaurants in his hometown of Lawrence, Massachusetts. During these formative years he worked tirelessly in numerous kitchens while collecting cookbooks and studying all he could about the craft of cooking. At 22, Conroy became Sous Chef at Verde restaurant in Stratton, Vermont. There, while working under Chef Rogan Lechthaler, he gained his passion for using local produce and whole animals. After a three year stint in Vermont, Conroy was ready for his next challenge: a position in Boston at the critically acclaimed restaurant Craigie on Main, led by awardwinning Chef Tony Maws. To take the next major step in his culinary career, Conroy then moved to NYC to join Chef Alex Stupak at the Empellon Cocina, taking a position as Sous Chef. Stupak has called Conroy one of the best upandcoming young chefs to watch in NYC. Conroy was next able to pursue his passion for French cuisine as Chef of Little Prince in Manhattan, putting modern and classic techniques into practice on a daily basis. Now, as the Chef of Virginia’s, one of the East Village’s neighborhood gems, Conroy constantly updates the thoughtful, concise menu based on the seasonal markets that are so vital to NYC restaurants.
San Francisco, CA
Yoni Levy grew up in California and began his culinary career in the Bay Area working at One Market and The Lark Creek Inn in Larkspur. Levy’s next stop was Boston to help open the Great Bay restaurant, He then moved to Chicago to work at Blackbird, Lula Café, The Bristol, and Old Town Social. Each chef Levy worked with instilled in him a deeper appreciation for building strong relationships with local farmers, ranchers, seafood suppliers, and the local community. Yoni was Chef de Cuisine at Flora restaurant in Oakland before opening Daniel Patterson’s Alta CA as Head Chef. Levy is currently the Executive Chef at Outerlands in San Francisco where he highlights local produce, seafood, and meat. Yoni’s goal at Outerlands is to run an honest, community based kitchen.
New York, NY
Emily is a former sous at Louro in NYC now helping to run the wood burning oven beauty that is Pasquale Jones. After training with Floyd Cardoz, David Santos, and Timothy Caspare, Emily's cooking style embraces a lot of vegetables, fun flavors and combinations, with a strong focus to detail. Her love for pasta work has become a huge part of her culinary career. Loves: hiking outside, hot and sour soup, comic books. Hates: raw carrots, hot dogs, peeling stuff over a garbage can.
Brunswick & Portland, ME
Cara Stadler is a four time nominated James Beard Rising Star Chef and Food and Wine Best New Chef 2014. She trained internationally under Guy Savoy and Gordon Ramsay then traveled and worked in China and Singapore for four years. Her food is a culmination of her travels, heavily influenced by Asian flavors, French technique, and Maine's local produce.
Photo by Ted Axelrod
San Francisco, CA
Chef/Owner of ICHI Sushi in San Francisco. Tim is an 18-year veteran sushi chef, uses traditional Japanese ingredients and ethics with a sustainable approach. ICHI was named a SF Chronicle Top 100 Restaurant 2014.
Adam Brick is the chef of Apis restaurant and Pizzeria Sorellina in Spicewood Texas. A veteran of some of NYC's most legendary kitchens, Brick is the motor that drives Apis to continue to evolve its vertically integrated farm and ranch programs.
New York, NY
Chef Trevor Kunk joined the Breslin team as Executive Chef after spending two years in Napa Valley as the Culinary Director for Press Restaurant and the Oakville Grocery. Trevor is excited to be coming home to New York City where he formerly served as Chef de Cuisine under Dan Barber's Blue Hill New York.
New York and Columbia, SC
Chef Aaron Hoskins started his culinary career after relocating to Richmond, VA in mid-2008. Soon after began working his way through some of the city’s best restaurants, including Comfort, Secco Wine Bar, and The Rogue Gentlemen. Here, he accumulated numerous local and national mentions and accolades, including a glowing 4/4 star review from the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Known for modern yet simplistic food, Aaron found his way into the growing conversation of Richmond as one of America’s next great food cities.
Commanding a small 2-person team at The Rogue Gentlemen, Aaron brought dynamic, seasonal food and tasting menus that The Washingtonian Dining Editor Todd Kliman found to be “unimprovable” and “composed, beautiful, and exacting.” Further, Richmond Magazine proclaimed the food was equal to that of “any first-rate food Mecca on the map” and The Local Palate stated that “this fellow will wow you.”
After leaving The Rogue Gentlemen Aaron moved on to be Chef de Cuisine of 2012 Food & Wine Best New Restaurant, Cure, in Pittsburgh, PA. In September 2015, Aaron relocated to New York City to work with Chef Sarah Simmons and City Grit Hospitality Group on current and future projects in Columbia, SC and elsewhere.
Chef/Co-Owner with his wife Cassie of Clock Tower Grill, in Brewster, NY. Focuses on local, sustainable ingredients and having fun. Clock Tower Grill was just named named one of the best new restaurants in the Hudson Valley.
Saturday, May 20
Matt Casino, the executive chef of Restaurant & Market North began working in restaurants at the age of 14, and from there spent time in some of the finest kitchens in American. Time spent at Philadelphia’s famed Le Be-Fin, under the tutelage of legendary Georges Perrier, provided Matt a firm rooting in classical French technique that still informs his cooking today. Working with Jose Garces at his eponymous restaurant Amada, Matt’s eyes widened to the flavors of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco—influences that he continually references in his cooking at North, always in a thoroughly American context. While at Eleven Madison Park, Matt spent time honing his skills on the intricacies of multicourse meals and the dynamic character of one of the world’s best restaurants. Under Certified Master Chef Ed Leonard Matt began to develop his craft at the Westchester Country Club in Rye, finding great teachings in the restaurants exacting standards and dizzying pace.
Matt began his time at Restaurant North in the spring of 2012 showing great promise, and quickly rose to the position of sous chef, and ultimately chef de cuisine, alongside four-times James Beard Award nominated Chef Eric Gabrynowicz. Matt worked closely besides Eric, creating many of the dishes for which the restaurant has become known, all the while carving out a unique place for himself within the dining landscape of the Hudson Valley. Matt assumed the position of Executive Chef in the Summer of 2016, aged only 26.
Chef Doug Psaltis has worked in some of the world’s most prestigious kitchens with the industry’s most lauded chefs, having earned three stars from The New York Times and a Michelin star while running the kitchen at Country restaurant in New York City. Today, he is part of the nationally renowned Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (LEYE) and serves as chef / partner of some of the company’s newest ventures—RPM Italian and RPM Steak—in conjunction with celebrity couple Bill and Giuliana Rancic and R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman. He has also partnered with the Melman siblings to open some of Chicago’s most sought-after restaurants including BBQ and country music spot, Bub City; the tiki-inspired underground lounge, Three Dots and a Dash; lively neighborhood noodle shop, Ramen-san; joint restaurant and music-and-events space, Bub City & Joe’s Live, in Rosemont, Illinois; and the most recent expansion of RPM Italian to Washington, D.C. Psaltis and his partners also host each summer the Midwest’s premier country music, BBQ and craft beer festival, Windy City Smokeout. The team has several upcoming projects in the works, including a new venture in downtown Chicago set for 2017.
An Army vet with a Purple Heart, Feges has built one of the most prestigious résumés in Houston. He has worked for Brennan's of Houston, Underbelly, and Killen's Barbecue. He continues to do pop-ups as Feges BBQ and is currently the sous chef at Southern Goods, where he is contributing smoked dishes to the menu of comfort-food classics. He is an Eater National Young Gun Semi-Finalist as well as a Culture Map Rising Star Chef winner.
New York, NY
Icelandic born Gunnar Gíslason has garnered international acclaim for his creative style of cooking, his curious nature, a love for reviving traditions, and an eye for finding pristine products that have been applauded by guests and media alike.
In 2009, in the midst of the worldwide financial crisis, he opened the restaurant Dill in Reykjavík. His contemporary cooking would celebrate Iceland’s pristine ingredients and artisanal producers, in a place otherwise heavily dependent on food imports. Dill has been nominated for the Nordic Prize and has won Iceland’s “Restaurant of the Year” every year since it opened.
In 2016, Gíslason moved his family to New York City to open Agern Restaurant in Grand Central Terminal. Agern opened in April and was shortly thereafter awarded three stars by the New York Times and a Michelin star. Later that same year, Dill was awarded one Michelin star - the first Michelin star in Iceland.
At age 26, Cable left his engineering job to attend culinary school in Austin, Texas. After culinary school, he packed up to travel and learn from some of the country's best chefs including Richard Blais (Juniper & Ivy), Ryan Smith & Hugh Acheson (Empire State South, Staplehouse), and Ned Elliot (Foreign & Domestic). Since moving to Washington D.C. in 2016, Cable is the Executive Chef of the Michelin Bib Gourmand winning restaurant, The Royal.
After starting as a dishwasher at the young age of 15, working as a eager prep cook throughout high school and eventually attending and graduating from Cincinnati Culinary Arts Academy in 1998, Chef Ferrell Alvarez made his way back to Tampa, Florida to further his professional career. There, he began as a line cook at Saddlebrook Resort and eventually finished out his four and a half year tenure as Sous Chef Tournant. He would then earn a position at the Tampa landmark, Mise en Place. There, he was able to work with Chef Marty Blitz and transition from lead cook to Sous Chef and ultimately being named as Chef Blitz’s Chef De Cuisine. Seven years later, Ferrell would take over at Cafe Dufrain as Executive Chef and turn it into a groundbreaking sustainable restaurant. In December of 2013, Chef Alvarez opened his own restaurant, Rooster and the Till with long time friend and business partner, Ty Rodriguez. R&tT is a 70 seat Modern American restaurant focusing on the best ingredients from nearby farms and gardens and preparing them with integrity, proper technique and lots of love. Just in first 10 months of being open, Rooster & the Till had earned both Best New Restaurant and Best Chef from Creative Loafing and Best New Restaurant from Florida Trend Magazine. Since, Chef has received a 2017 James Beard Best Chef South nomination, hosted guest chefs like Lincoln Carson to Eduardo Jordan and all the while building a second concept, Nebraska Mini Mart.
Brittanny Anderson is the James Beard nominated chef of Metzger Bar and Butchery and the upcoming Brenner Pass. After five years cooking in New York, she returned to her hometown of Richmond, VA and opened Metzger in 2014, where she cooks modern German and Alpine cuisine influenced by the local produce of Virginia.
Ryan is the chef owner of Please Restaurant in Cincinnati. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, Santos originally set out to be a graphic designer. But after moving back home to Cleveland after school and taking a job under Chef Nolan Konkoski at the French-inspired Tartine Bistro, Santos says he found a passion and wanted to do and learn “anything and everything” in the kitchen. After two years at Tartine, he moved to Salt of the Earth in Pittsburgh, working under Chef Kevin Sousa, then traveled from L.A. to Virginia, working under various chefs he admired. After tiring of the nomadic lifestyle, he stopped in Cincinnati for a summer to try his hand at pop-up dinners under the Please moniker.
Asbury Park & Jersey City, NJ
Born and raised on the south west coast of England. Nicholas draws on his heritage, history and world cuisines, to put his own spin on dishes. Blending classical techniques with a modern approach and seasonal ingredients. Previously at Gees Restaurant Oxford, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay at Claridges, Restaurant Nicholas. Currently with Porta restaurant group.
In June of 2010 Scott was able to fulfil his dream of owning a restaurant by taking over the culinarily historical space on 96 Tecumseth Street. His passion of supporting local artisans is the number one philosophy at Beast Restaurant. With a weekly changing menu, Scott allows seasonal produce and top quality Ontario ingredients to become the focal point of the gastronomic experience that is offered.
Manchester by the Sea & Cambridge, MA
In the spring of 2012, Gaudet opened West Bridge with partner Alexis Gelburd-Kimler where he showcased his talents for French cuisine, while continuing the tradition of utilizing local products and a refined, contemporary style. In it’s first year West Bridge and Chef Gaudet received many accolades. After receiving an amazing 3 ½ out of 4 star review from the Boston Globe the national press caught on. GQ’s Alan Richman named them one of the 12 Best New Restaurants, Bon Appetit added West Bridge to their Top 50 New Restaurants of 2013 and Food & Wine Magazine named Matthew as one of their Best New Chefs 2013. After almost four years, the partners then sold West Bridge to pursue new adventures in new parts of the world. In 2016, Matthew created Superfine with his two partners, a product driven, fast casual concept on the North Shore of Massachusetts in the coastal towns of Manchester-by-the-Sea as well a second on the way in Marblehead. With a small menu of local and simply prepared foods for people all ages, Superfine will be a household name. The multi unit restaurant will feature pizzas, ribs, burgers, seafood and lots and lots of vegetables. In 2017 he will open Kitchen & Cocktails at the Freepoint Hotel in Cambridge, Mass.
Chef/Owner of The Shack in Staunton, VA. Previously at The Staunton Grocery and Glass Haus Kitchen. Nominated for James Beard Awards’ Best Chef Mid-Atlantic, and the Shack was named one of the Best New Restaurants in the South by Southern Living Magazine. Neither a Yank nor a southern gent, cooking in a town you've never heard of with some Jewish soul.
New York, NY
Chef David Santos brings a wealth of culinary knowledge to Good Stock. The son of Portuguese immigrants, he was immersed in food, cooking, and the act of sharing meals with friends and family from a young age. After graduating from Johnson & Wales, Dave honed his craft at some of the best restaurants in New York City, including Bouley & Per Se. He then launched Um Segredo, an ever-changing supper club hosted in his apartment, and developed a cult following of supporters. He then opened his own restaurant, Louro, to critical acclaim in 2012. After being recruited by Ben, Dave decided to join Good Stock, bringing his creative ideas and rigorous fine-dining techniques to the world of soup.
Sunday, May 21
All 27 chefs collaborating on a 14 course dinner in the Munchies Test Kitchen with all proceeds benefitting No Kid Hungry.
New York, NY 10012
Munchies Test Kitchen
49 S 2nd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249