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NORTHEAST REGION : Featured Chef

Mario Batali has distinguished himself in New York City and beyond as chef and owner of his three urban Italian restaurants: Po, Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca and the newly opened Lupa. He hosts the Television Food Network's Molto Mario and has authored the book Simple Italian Food. At the James Beard Foundation Awards ceremony, Mario won the Outstanding Wine Service Award and was nominated for two Broadcast Media awards (Television Cooking and Food Journalism) and the Outstanding Chef award.

OTHER CHEFS IN THIS REGION

Jody AdamsLidia BastianichMario Batali
Alison Becker HurtScott CampbellAnn Cooper
Todd EnglishSusanna FooDiane Forley
Andy HusbandsThomas JohnDonna Leahy
Michael LomonacoGeorges PerrierJacky Robert
Michael RomanoMaury RubinAmy Scherber
Katy SparksJean Georges Vongerichten


 


Jody Adams

At Michela’s in the early 1990s, Chef Jody Adams established a reputation for carefully researched regional menus that combined New England ingredients with Mediterranean culinary traditions. She is now Chef/Co-Owner of a celebrated Boston restaurant, Rialto. Adams has won many awards, including The Perrier-Jouet Best Chef Award: Northeast in 1997.

Recipes from the chef:

  Toasted-Rolled Veggie Quesadillas
  Peanut-Noodle Salad with Carrots and Peas
  Jody Adams' Fruit Kebabs

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Rialto
1 Bennett Street
Cambridge, MA
(617) 661-5050


Blu
The Sports Club/LA
4 Avery Street
Boston, MA
(617) 375-8550
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Lidia Bastianich

Star of the public television series "Lidia's Italian Table," Lidia Matticchio Bastianich is widely regarded as the "first lady" of Italian cuisine in the United States. She is the owner of the award-winning Felidia restaurant and, with her son, runs the popular theater district eatery, Becco. In 1999, Bastianich was named American Express Best Chef, New York City by the James Beard Foundation. She recently opened Lidia's Kansas City.

Be sure to check out Lidia's Pittsburgh on her website as well.

Recipes from the chef:

  Seared Sage Marinated Chicken Breast
  Pickled Vegetables (Giardiniera)
  Roasted Pears and Grapes

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Felidia
243 East 58th Street
New York, NY
(212) 758-1479
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Lidia's Kansas City
101 West 22nd Street
Kansas City, MO
(816) 221-3722 
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Becco
355 West 46th Street
New York, NY
(212) 397-7597
link to website


Mario Batali

Chef /Owner Mario Batali divides his time between two Italian hotspots: Po, a casual trattoria and Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca, an upscale dining room, which the James Beard Foundation named “The Best New Restaurant of 1998.” He recently opened a Roman- style trattoria called Lupa. Chef Batali also hosts his own program “Molto Mario” on the Television Food Network and is the author of Simple Italian Food.

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Po Restaurant
31 Cornelia Street
New York, NY
(212) 645-2189

Babbo
110 Waverly Place
New York, NY
(212) 777-0303
link to website

Lupa
170 Thompson Street
New York, NY
(212) 982-5089
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Alison Becker Hurt

Native New Yorker Alison Becker Hurt opened Alison on Dominick in 1989. The restaurant is known for its seasonally changing menu from southwest France and Spain and its romantic atmosphere. She followed with Alison by the Beach in 1996. Becker Hurt is also the author of Kitchen Suppers.

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Alison by the Beach
3593 Montawk Highway
Sagaponack, NY
(631) 537-7100




Scott Campbell

French-American bistro cooking stars at Chef/Owner Scott Campbell’s warm, casual restaurant, Avenue Bistro. Campbell is an alumnus of several high profile New York City restaurants including Le Cirque, the Oak Room of the Plaza Hotel, Union Square Café and the uptown Sfuzzi. He is a James Beard Foundation Rising Star of American Cuisine and co-chair of its Chefs’ Round Table.

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Avenue Bistro
520 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY
(212) 579-3194
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Ann Cooper

Ann Cooper was one of the first 50 women to be certified as an Executive Chef by the educational arm of the American Culinary Federation. She is the author of A Woman’s Place is in the Kitchen. Cooper is the Executive Chef of The Ross School in East Hampton, New York. Since the early 1980’s, she has been the Executive Chef at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado.

Recipes from the chef:

  Apple-Horseradish Flank Steak

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The Ross School
18 Goodfriend Drive
East Hampton, NY
(516) 329-5245
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Todd English

Chef Todd English developed his unique style and approach to cooking, drawing on his own Italian heritage, as an apprentice in Italy. His first restaurant was the award-winning Michela's. He followed with Olives, which has drawn national and international applause for its interpretive rustic Mediterranean cuisine. Olives was inducted into Nation's Restaurant News 1999 Fine Dining Hall of Fame. English also has four Figs restaurants, which serve handmade pastas and pizzas.

For more on Todd English's restaurants, visit his website.

Recipes from the chef:

  Todd English's Tomato Chutney
  Todd English's Grilled Chicken Marinated in Yogurt and Herbs in a Tomato Chutney
  Todd English's Marinated Grilled Chicken

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Olives
10 City Square
Charlestown, MA
(617) 242-1999
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Figs
42 Charles Street
Boston, MA

Olives
1600 K Street, NW
Washington, DC


Susanna Foo

At her namesake, award- winning restaurant, Chef Susanna Foo’s unique cuisine wows critics and diners alike. Chef Foo reinterprets Chinese classical dishes with French techniques. In her sauces and other dishes, she uses herbs and spices from around the world for lighter, brighter, more velvety and more flavorful versions of classical Chinese sauces.

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Susanna Foo
1512 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 545-2666
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Diane Forley

Verbena Chef/Owner Diane Forley’s contemporary American cuisine is the culmination of her training with chefs here and in France, her extensive travels and her avid interest in nutrition, the history of food and culinary techniques. Her cooking also draws on the rich cultural heritage of her family, whose roots spread from Eastern Europe to the Mediterranean, the Middle East and South America.

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Verbena
54 Irving Place
New York, NY
(212) 260-5454
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Andy Husbands

At Tremont 647,Chef/Owner Andy Husbands serves boldly flavored American cuisine, with inventive global influences. He has earned a reputation as one of the country’s most exciting young chefs. Husband’s commitment to locally grown ingredients is reflected in the restaurant’s eight-season cycle – the menu is changed bi-monthly to take advantage of what’s fresh in the market.

Recipes from the chef:

  Grilled Salmon Salsa Wraps
  Mini-Bruschettas with Green Olive Relish

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Tremont 647
647 Tremont Street
Boston, MA
(617) 266-4600
link to website




Thomas John

The son of an Air Force commander turned farmer, Thomas grew up infatuated with the food traditions of Kerala, his southern Indian homeland. Thomas attended Punjab University and the Oberoi School of Hotel Management. He was offered the position of sous chef at The Oberoi, the undisputed king of Delhi hotels. There, his recipes and food styling became the basis for the hotel's Food of India cookbook. At MANTRA, Thomas harmoniously blends the familiar with the exotic, the delicate with the robust. His classical European training shows up in sophisticated French dishes that are given a flavor boost by the subtle addition of Indian herbs and spices.

Recipes from the chef:

  Green Beans and Coconut Thoran

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MANTRA
52 Temple Place
Boston , MA
(617) 542-8111
link to website




Donna Leahy

Chef/Owner Donna Leahy and her husband Bob have created a romantic hideaway featuring sophisticated contemporary cuisine rooted in farmhouse tradition. The circa 1850 manor house shaded by a pair of linden trees is located in scenic Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Chef Leahy is also the author of the inn cookbook, Morning Glories.

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The Inn at Twin Linden
2092 Main Street
Churchtown, PA
(717) 445-7619
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Michael Lomonaco

Former Chef/Director for the Windows on the World complex in the World Trade Center, Michael Lomonaco is known as one of the country's brightest culinary talents. His menus underscore his conviction that food should be fueled by "The American Spirit": confident, creative and filled with the best local products. He avidly supports area greenmarkets. Lomonaco is also host of the Food Network program "Epicurious TV".

Recipes from the chef:

  Michael Lomonaco's Classic Strawberry-Rhubarb Shortcakes

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Michael Lomonaco has helped establish the Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund to aid the families of the members of the food and beverage industry who were lost in the World Trade Center tragedy. Learn how you can help:

Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund
windowsofhope.org

Noche
1604 Broadway
New York, NY
(212) 541-7070



Georges Perrier

Chef/Owner of Le Bec-Fin Georges Perrier has been the toast of Philadelphia for over 25 years. Not only has the restaurant been lavished with praise, the street out front was renamed “Georges Perrier Place” by the mayor. Chef Perrier has created what is often called the most elegant restaurant in the country. It has been rated five-stars by the Mobil Travel Guide for 20 years.

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Le Bec Fin
1523 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 567-1000
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Le Mas Perrier
503 West Lancaster Ave
Wayne, PA
(610) 964-2588
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Brasserie Perrier
1619 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 568-3000
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Jacky Robert

Maison Robert is a family affair, joining the respected culinary talents of Chef Jacky Robert with his cousin, Chef Andree Robert, who is the daughter of the restaurant’s legendary owner, Lucien Robert. Located in the historic Old City Hall, Maison Robert is acclaimed for its innovative French food, including award-winning desserts, and its exceptional wine list.

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Chatham Bars Inn
Shore Road
Chatham, Cape Cod, MA
(800) 527-4884
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Michael Romano

Chef/Partner Michael Romano’s American-Italian bistro fare has consistently won rave reviews and earned the restaurant many awards. Union Square Café was the Number One Most Popular Restaurant in 1997 –1999 in the New York City Zagat Survey. Chef Romano has traveled the world to acquire culinary expertise and create his own style. He is co-author of the Union Square Cookbook.

Recipes from the chef:

  Michael Romano's Penne with Asparagus and Red Peppers

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Union Square Café
21 East 16th Street
New York, NY
(212) 243-4020




Maury Rubin

Chef/Owner Maury Rubin’s casual, chic bakery produces beautiful baked goods and, depending on the season, stellar hot chocolate that has inspired its own annual Hot Chocolate Festival. The bakery was the definition of cutting edge design when it opened almost 10 years ago. Today, it continues to be one of the best places to stop in for a quick bite near the Union Square Greenmarket.

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City Bakery
22 East 17th Street
New York, NY
(212) 366-1414




Amy Scherber

Amy Scherber is known nationally for her commitment to making hand-made, traditional breads. Her bakery has oft been called one of the best in New York. She is author of the cookbook, Amy’s Bread and teaches at the Culinary Institute of America. Last year, Amy was selected by the National Association of Women Business Owners as New York Woman of the Year.

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Amy's Bread
75 Ninth Ave
New York, NY
(212) 462-4338
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Katy Sparks

Chef/Owner Katy Sparks’ contemporary American restaurant offers cuisine that is as varied and changing as the seasons. Quilty’s is a small, neighborhood restaurant. Chef Sparks was named ”One of the Ten Best New Chefs” of 1998 by Food and Wine magazine and a “Rising Star Chef “ by The Wine Spectator and Restaurant Hospitality.

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Katy
64 West 10th Street
New York, NY




Jean Georges Vongerichten

From the casual charm of his bistro JoJo, to the Thai-inspired French cuisine at his Vong restaurants across the globe, to the formal, four-star dining room of Jean-Georges, Chef Vongerichten is renowned for his innovative cuisine. His new restaurant, the Mercer Kitchen, features an American-Provençal menu and seating in the kitchen. He also recently opened Prime in Las Vegas, a European take on the American steakhouse.

Visit all of Vongerichten's highly acclaimed restaurants on his website.

Recipes from the chef:

  Beet Tartare

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Jean Georges
1 Central Park West
New York, NY
(212) 299-3900
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JoJo
160 E. 64th Street
New York, NY
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The Mercer Kitchen
99 Prince Street
New York, NY
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