Hung Huynh ’02, chef and winner Top Chef

Hung Huynh

The winner of Food Network’s third season of Top Chef, Hung Huynh is the executive chef for EMM Group’s restaurants Catch and The General located in Manhattan and Catch Miami. Born in Vietnam and raised in Pittsfield, MA, Huynh was immersed in cooking from a young age at his immigrant parent’s Vietnamese restaurant. A 2002 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America trained in classic … [Read more...]

Ilan Hall ’02, Chef/Owner, The Gorbels and host of Knife Fight

Ilan Hall '02 Winner of Top Chef on Bravo Network

Born to travel-hungry Scottish and Israeli parents of Eastern-European descent, chef/owner Ilan Hall was exposed to international food from an early age. Raised in Great Neck, NY, Ilan’s first job was at the local seafood store, Marine Fishery. At 17, Ilan went to Florence where he studied at the Lorenzo de Medici School’s Apicius program and cooked at the Al Lume di Candela restaurant. … [Read more...]

Duff Goldman ’98 Owner of Charm City Cakes, Host Sugar High

Duff Goldman ’98

Duff Goldman, renowned for his innovative creations at his Charm City Cakes in Baltimore, MD, is one of the most sought-after cake makers in the country. For ten seasons Chef Goldman brought his unique style of baking to a national television audience as the host of the hit Food Network show, Ace of Cakes. Goldman's new show, Sugar High, takes him on a cross-country motorcycle trek to capture the … [Read more...]

Rocco DiSpirito ’86, Host Rocco’s Dinner Party

Rocco DiSpirito'86, Host Rocco's Dinner Party

Chef DiSpirito opened his premier restaurant, Union Pacific, in 1997 in New York City to widespread critical acclaim. The New York Times gave the restaurant a three-star rating in 1998, saying, "Mr. DiSpirito seems to think about flavor in ways that ordinary people don't." In 2002, Union Pacific earned a second three-star review from the New York Observer. In addition to his position at Union … [Read more...]

Cat Cora ’95 Iron Chef, Executive Chef Bon Appetit, Restaurateur, and Author

Cat Cora '95

Cat Cora is known around the world as the only female Iron Chef on Food Network's Iron Chef America. It was her culinary expertise and flair that enabled her to join the ranks of such Iron Chef luminaries as Bobby Flay, Mario Batali, and Masaharu Morimoto. As executive chef for Bon Appétit magazine, Cat brings that talent to bear every day. In November 2006, Bon Appetit bestowed her with their … [Read more...]

Michael Chiarello ’82 Chef, Vintner, TV Host, Entrepreneur

Michael Chiarello '82, Founder of Napa Style

Michael Chiarello is the tastemaker behind NapaStyle and Chiarello Family Vineyards. He was chef/owner of the former Tra Vigne Restaurant, and is now the successful owner of the Bottega Restaurant in Yountville, CA and the recently opened Coqueta on Pier Five in San Francisco. In addition, he is an Emmy-winning Food Network and Fine Living Network personality and cookbook author. Over his … [Read more...]

Anne Burrell ’96 Chef and Television Host

Anne Burrell ’96 Chef and Television Host

With her trademark spiky blond hair and pumped-up personality, Anne Burrell eliminates the intimidation of restaurant dishes and reveals concise, easy-to-master techniques for the at-home cook on her Food Network series, Secrets of a Restaurant Chef. Chef Burrell has also worked at some of the top restaurants in New York, studied the culinary landscape and traditions of Italy, and battled … [Read more...]

Anthony Bourdain ’78 Chef, Author, and Host of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

Anthony Bourdain ’78 Chef-at-Large Les Halles, Host No Reservations

Anthony Bourdain is the chef-at-large at New York City’s Les Halles, a lively Parisian-style brasserie serving the everyday cuisine of France. Chef Bourdain began his culinary career with a summer job as a dishwasher in Provincetown, MA while attending Vassar College. By the end of the summer, he had been reassigned to a cooking station and realized he would need more refined skills to keep … [Read more...]

Jasper White ’76, Chef and Owner of Summer Shack Restaurants

Jasper White '76, Chef and Owner of Summer Shack Restaurants

Jasper White is the acclaimed chef behind the renowned Jasper's Restaurant, a Boston, MA landmark famous for seafood and other New England specialties that opened in 1983 on Boston's waterfront. In May 2000, Chef White surprised people who thought he was inextricably linked with upscale cuisine with the opening of his new restaurant, Jasper White's Summer Shack, in Cambridge, MA. It only took a … [Read more...]

Richard Sandoval ’91, Owner of Modern Mexican Restaurants

Richard Sandoval '91, Owner of Moder Mexican Restaurants

As chef and owner of Modern Mexican Restaurants, Richard Sandoval brings the vibrant flavors of Mexico to the world. The international restaurant group has more than a dozen locations in the United States, Mexico, and the United Arab Emirates. Growing up in Mexico City, the young Richard and his family would gather at his grandmother's table each Sunday for large, lively meals. He would often … [Read more...]