Meet The Chefs

Next Week’s Chef

(10/18/2021 – 10/29/2021)

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. .

Previous Chefs

(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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