Meet The Chefs

Next Week’s Chef

(12/10/2021 – 12/17/2021)

Nick and Christine Kondra are a culinary duo focusing on the coastal cuisine of Nantucket Island. Nick was born in Syracuse NY, finding his love for cooking after a stint in the finance world. Nick has worked for many prestigious kitchens throughout the northeast including Bistro 5 in Medford MA, Straight Wharf Restaurant, Ten Tables in Cambridge, Tavola, and Amis in Philadelphia. After meeting Christine at Straight Wharf, Nick moved closer to family and began to establish himself in the Philadelphia culinary scene.

Christine grew up just a few miles away from Cornerstone working in restaurants from a very young age. She spent a portion of her career in bio-pharmaceuticals before coming back to her true passion. Christine moved to Nantucket and quickly established herself as a private chef. She created custom culinary experiences including The ACK Experience and Farm to Fork. Her love of Nantucket and the coastal cuisine led her to open Cornerstone 6 years ago with her husband Nick. Today Cornerstone is an excellent representation of true farm to table cooking. Their detailed approach to seasonality makes this main line restaurant one worth the journey!

Previous Chefs

(11/12/2021 – 11/19/2021)

Born and Raised in South Korea, Suki brings true Korean cuisine to United States. Upon moving to the US, Suki opened a Korean restaurant in Wyoming, making her one of the early innovators of the Korean food scene in America. Aunt to @HME owner and founder Chef Taylor Weldon, Suki taught him the ins and outs of South Korean cooking from a young age. We want to carry on her incredible grasp of the South Korean food scene by featuring her as one of our esteemed culinary collaborations.

(10/18/2021 – 11/5/2021)

Chef Pino Luongo is a pioneer of Italian cuisine in New York City. Nicknamed “Pino Noir”, he has owned and operated numerous New York City Restaurants including, Il Cantinori, Le Madri, Centolire, Coco Pazzo (New York and Chicago), Coco Pazzo Cafe (Chicago), Coco Pazzo Teatro, Tuscan Square, Morso (New York). Pino has worked alongside some of the biggest names in the culinary world. Anthony Bourdain writes about his experience working as an Executive Chef for Pino in his book Kitchen Confidential. Bourdain recounts his experience in the chapter Pino Noir: Tuscan Interlude in his bestselling book. .

(10/4/2021 – 10/15/2021)

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Maria Navorisidis is the culinary mastermind behind OPA Taverna in West Chester. Born in Greece, she brings an authentic taste of the Northern Greek Cuisine to Chester County. From her famous Gyro’s to her braised Lamb Shank, OPA’s menu has it all. OPA Taverna’s is one of West Chester’s busiest restaurants capturing accolades for their incredible food and mixology.

(8/23/2021 – 10/1/2021)

For over a decade, creative duo Lucas Manteca and artist/designer Deanna Ebner have called Cape May home. Their passion for surfing, cooking, and nurturing the creative types around them has led Lucas and Deanna to own and operate the best restaurants in South Jersey, including Quahog’s Seafood ShackTaco Shop, and Beachwood at the Dunes. The newest member of the Bread+Butter Restaurant Group family is Dawgtown Dogs, opened in Rio Grande, in 2020. Red Store Love is the digital extension of The Red Store, the beloved Cape May Point restaurant by Chef Lucas.

Lucas’s food is coastal-American at heart, with nods to his Argentinian heritage, and borrows ingredients from other South American cuisines. Lucas was nominated for the prestigious James Beard Award in 2014 for Best Chef in the mid-Atlantic region, and was recently named New Jersey’s Local Food Hero by Edible Jersey magazine in recognition of his efforts to sustain the healthy bounty that defines the state.

(8/9/2021 – 8/20/2021)

Chef Josh Taggart is the chef/owner of Mae’s in West Chester. He has been at the helm of award winning restaurants throughout the Philadelphia area including Lacroix, Tony Clark’s Rae at Cira Center, and Dilworthtown Inn. In 2020 he pursued a life long dream and opened Mae’s in downtown West Chester. Mae’s is a Farm to Table concept that highlights many of the incredible seasonal ingredients this region has to offer. From local craft vendors to our areas every changing produce, Mae’s offers an incredible look into Chester County’s culinary scene.

(7/26/2021 – 8/6/2021)

Chris is the Chef and Owner of four small restaurants in Queen Village, Philadelphia. Ambra Restaurant Group (ARG) is a partnership between husband and wife, Chris D’Ambro and Marina de Oliveira who first met working together in 2011 as part of the opening staff of Talula’s Garden. They went on to run one of the best farm to table destination restaurants in the world, Flora Farm, MX. In 2015 the couple moved back to Philadelphia where they re-opened an iconic cocktail bar and locally inspired restaurant, Southwark, named for the neighborhood now known as Queen Village. Since 2016, they opened a modern Italian tasting menu concept, Ambra which earned 3 bells from the Philadelphia Inquirer’s food critic, Craig Laban, national press came in 2019 when Open Table named Ambra on their “Top 100 List.” ARG also owns Olly, a casual family restaurant and a Neapolitan pizza shop named Gigi Pizza, after Chris’ mother. All four locations are located within three blocks of one another in a neighborhood known for its shopping, historically know as Fabric Row.

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