Todd English is a renowned chef/restaurateur. He is a four-time James Beard Award winner and inductee into the James Beard Foundation’s “Who’s Who in Food and Beverage in America.” Todd has authored six critically acclaimed cookbooks, created the record-breaking housewares line, The Todd English Collection, and hosted the Emmy-nominated and James Beard award winning series Food Trip with Todd English. Todd English Enterprises includes over twenty innovative restaurants spanning the country and abroad, opening the first restaurant, Olives, in 1989. Other concepts include Figs, Todd English Food Hall, Tuscany, Bonfire, Todd English P.U.B, bluezoo, MXDC, and Todd’s in Palm Beach.
Antonia is our 1st female chef and has measured her success by her innate ability to understand her audience. She apprenticed under culinary legends and absorbed their sophisticated techniques. After rising quickly through the ranks at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago. Antonia has quickly become one of America’s most beloved chefs and is best known for her roles on Top Chef, CNBC’s Restaurant Startup, Cutthroat Kitchen, Iron Chef America, Best Thing I Ever Ate and most recently, Food Network’s Guys Grocery Games.
One of Miami’s most successful chefs and restaurateurs. Hales has appeared on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, as well as co- hosted an episode of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives with Chef Guy Fieri, Guy’s Grocery Games winning as an All-Star Chef DDD tournament, Americas’s Best Bite for best burger, 24 Hour Layover with Anthony Bourdain, Fast Casual Nation, The Great Food Truck Race, The Daily Meal annual best in the country top 100 for Sakaya Kitchen, Blackbrick and Dim Ssam a gogo, and Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay. Hales has been nominated and awarded Top 50 Restaurant in America by Bon Appetit Magazine, Best Hotel Restaurant Miami, Best Fried Chicken, Best Brunch, Best Chinese Restaurant, Best Healthful Fast Food by Miami New Times, Top Food Truck in America Bon Appetit, South Florida Food 50 by Miami Herald, Chef of the Year and Restaurant of the Year nomination by Eater.
As one of Boston’s most notable chefs and restaurateurs, Chef Ken Oringer began his career in San Francisco @ acclaimed dining destination Silks in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Traveler magazine named Silks “one of the top twenty restaurants in America,” and raves followed in the Zagat Survey and Gourmet. Ken opened Clio in Boston within the first year, Clio was named “Best Newcomer of the Year” by Gourmet magazine and made John Mariani’s respected list of “America’s Best New Restaurants” in Esquire. The early success of Clio earned Ken a James Beard Award nomination for Best Chef Northeast four years in a row.Clio was named one of Gourmet magazine’s “Top 50 Restaurants in America.”
James Beard Award—winning chef and partner of Boston favorites Coppa, an Italian enoteca, Toro, the Little Donkey and Toro in New York City. Toro received rave reviews from outlets like The New York Times and New York Magazine. Jamie has taken the Toro concept and expanded it to Bangkok, Thailand. Bissonnette is a winner of the Cochon 555 nose-to-tail competition, was awarded the inaugural People’s Choice: Best New Chef award by Food & Wine magazine.
With 15 restaurants currently open worldwide in cities such as Las Vegas, Dubai, Toronto, Singapore, Beverly Hills, Seoul and another 12 restaurants set to open in the next 2 years in cities such as Paris, San Diego, San Francisco, Dallas , Saudi, Doha and Boston, Chef Akira Back has a global reach that is unmatched. Through his national and international locations, he has been able to bring diverse culinary influences acquired during his upbringing and through his global travels around the world through his illustrious 20-year culinary career.
It begins deep in the heart of Texas, where Burt Bakman, an Israeli immigrant, found his calling to be a pitmaster. A quick business trip to the Lone Star State instead turned into a chance exploration of barbecue at its source, fostering a lifelong obsession in him to perfect the craft. Not a man to settle for second-best, Bakman determined to become one of the “greats” at smoking meat.When you sit down at SLAB and taste the marbled brisket for the first time or strike up a conversation over a shared plate of food, you’ll know this experience has been worth the wait.
Three decades of quality service and impeccable culinary creations truly define Chef Scot Craig. As owner and executive chef of Katie’s Restaurant & Francesca Deli in New Orleans, he has enjoyed tremendous success and received much recognition in both local and national media. Katie’s won the Best Neighborhood restaurant several times and also twice received the Tops of the Town award. Chef Craig is routinely appears on The Food Network’s Diners, DriveIns and Dives and Local Flavor as well as Food Network Canada’s You Gotta Eat Here! and The Travel Channel’s Food Paradise.