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Gourmet Small Plates, created by these incredible chefs will follow SAY's 16th Annual Gala Performance at our Chefs’ Tasting Reception

SAY: 16th Annual Gala Chefs’
David Battin
Chef
The Red Cat

SAY: 16th Annual Gala Chefs’
Jimmy Bradley
Chef/Owner
The Red Cat

The Author and Chef-Owner of The Red Cat —Jimmy Bradley presides over a neighborhood joint that has become a destination for guests from around the city, and the country.  A purveyor of straightforward, occasionally irreverent, food and contagious conviviality, all of it wrapped up in an attitude-free package, Bradley has helped contemporary diners rediscover the intrinsic value of classic Mediterranean cuisine, reinterpreted for a modern American clientele.  He and his recipes are regularly featured in The New York Times, Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, Esquire and other food publications, as well as on local and national television programs including Today Show, Top Chef Masters and Martha Stewart.  His first cookbook, The Red Cat Cookbook, was published by Clarkson Potter in fall 2006.


 

SAY: 16th Annual Gala Chefs’
Joey Campanaro
Chef
Little Owl

Chef & Owner Little Owl & Little Owl – The Venue, Market Table, and The Clam Joey Campanaro was raised in Philadelphia where the food of his childhood inspired him to make cooking his vocation. With a culinary approach rooted in his Italian grandmother’s kitchen and honed in a range of America’s top restaurants, Campanaro brings a lifelong affinity for Mediterranean cuisine to every dish he creates. Campanaro began his career as a teenager at seasonal restaurants on the Jersey Shore. He was instantly hooked by the fraternal, energetic nature of restaurant life, and went on to major in restaurant management at Pen State University. During his studies, Campanaro spent an inspiring semester in Italy experiencing firsthand the Mediterranean lifestyle and cuisine. A later trip to France to study winemaking solidified his love of Mediterranean cuisine. Campanaro’s passion and cooking skills landed him in some of America’s top restaurants in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and New York, where he learned from the brightest chef minds in the business, including Neil Murphy, Joachim Splichal, Jimmy Bradley, and Jonathan Waxman. While in Los Angeles, Campanaro was also Chef de Cuisine of Universal Studio’s Executive Dining Room and the proprietor of his own Hollywood-based catering company. In 2001, Campanaro moved back to New York to open The Harrison in Tribeca, where he earned a two-star review from The New York Times. In 2004, he took on the role of Executive Chef of Pace, an Italian restaurant in TriBeCa, then went on to re-open his catering business, Blackfoot Consulting. Through Blackfoot Consulting, Campanaro continues to cater and consult for such esteemed clients as Martha Stewart, Mike Piazza, NBC Universal, and Condé Nast Publishing. In 2006, Campanaro opened his dream restaurant, The Little Owl. The Little Owl has enjoyed a continued buzz as one of New York’s most exciting restaurants and received wide acclaim from critics and guests alike, including a two-star review from The New York Times. The Little Owl has since been joined by Little Owl – The Venue, a private event space and culinary showroom at 93 Greenwich Ave. The venue is a flexible room that has given Campanaro a canvas to showcase his talent and passion on a more intimate scale, allowing for a vast range of guests from 2-70 guests. In 2007, Campanaro joined with his good friend Mikey Price to open Market Table on a charming corner of Manhattan’s West Village neighborhood. Here, warm hospitality and modern American, market-driven cuisine take center stage. Following the success of Market Table, the duo has gone on to open The Clam, a seafoodcentric restaurant just a few blocks from Market Table in the West Village. Campanaro’s and Price’s partnership has received critical and popular acclaim and has been featured in such outlets as Food & Wine, Condé Nast Traveler, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Time Out New York, Travel + Leisure, NBC’s “Today” show, and many more.


 

SAY: 16th Annual Gala Chefs’
Marco Canora
Chef + Owner
Hearth

James Beard Award-nominated Marco Canora is the chef behind the East Village’s beloved and recently renovated Hearth and newly opened Zadie’s Oyster Room down the street. He is also the brains behind NYC’s first bone broth window, Brodo. Marco’s first cookbook, Salt To Taste was released in 2009. In 2014, he published A Good Food Day, centered around healthy and wholesome eating, followed by Brodo: A Bone Broth Cookbook the next year.


 

Frank Castronovo
Chef
Frankies Spuntino

 


Frank Falcinelli

Chef

Frankies Spuntino

SAY: 16th Annual Gala Chefs’
Billy Durney
Pitmaster and Owner/Partner
Hometown Barbecue

After almost 20 years in the security and private protection field, during which he kept a close eye on some of the country’s most public figures, Brooklyn native Billy Durney has fulfilled a longtime dream by taking the helm as pitmaster and owner at Hometown Bar-B-Que. Since first learning to smoke meat as a youngster during visits to his grandparents’ cabin in rural Pennsylvania, Billy has spent years obsessing over his barbecue, traveling around the United States and abroad perfecting his techniques. Starting in the backyard, cooking for family and friends, he has now realized his lifelong passion for wood, fire and meat.

“I love cooking with wood, and I love manipulating flavors,” he says. “I’m just trying to cook the best bite I can cook. I don’t know what to call it. We’re doing it in Brooklyn, and I’m very proud to be part of that community.”

Billy can be found making the rounds at Hometown every night, stopping at every table to check on his guests. “I appreciate them coming here,” he says. “That’s the reason I work 80 hours a week.”


 

SAY: 16th Annual Gala Chefs’
Mark Ladner
Chef
Pasta Flyer

My personal mission as a chef is to make classic Italian cuisine accessible. Pasta Flyer is my best attempt at doing it in an affordable, convenient, and inclusive setting, just like the family meal you would have at your grandmother’s. My inspiration for recipes comes from family stories. Reading The Princess and the Pea to my daughter sparked the idea for the 100 Layer Lasagna at Del Posto.

The customization when ordering at Pasta Flyer is very much inspired by my experience as a young kid visiting my mom at her job at the YMCA in Cape Cod. It’s there that I was first introduced to a salad bar and that ingenious way to allow customization really stuck with me.  I remember being enamored with ingredients I had never seen before like a chickpea.


 

SAY: 16th Annual Gala Chefs’
Jim Lahey
Chef
Sullivan Street Bakery

Jim Lahey studied sculpture before learning the art of bread baking in Italy. When he returned to New York City in 1994, he opened Sullivan St Bakery in Soho with little more than the wild yeast he hand-cultivated in Italy and a desire to bring the craft of small-batch bread baking to America.

In October 2000, Lahey built the Sullivan St Bakery headquarters in Hell’s Kitchen, where he has become renowned not just for his bread, but for his Roman-style pizza, rustic Italian pastries and cookies.

Then, in 2009, he opened the doors to Co., his first pizza restaurant. Located in Chelsea, Lahey put his own spin on pizza while celebrating artisanal food culture and communal dining. The name is short for Company, a word whose Latin roots refer to the phrase “with bread,” of course.

Lahey and his businesses have been featured in Vogue, Bon Appétit and The New York Times, and he has appeared on the Martha Stewart Show and NBC’s Today show. His innovative no-knead bread recipe that ignited a worldwide home-baking revolution was first published in an article by Mark Bittman in The New York Times in 2006. This article became the basis of Lahey’s first cookbook My Bread: The Revolutionary No-Work, No-Knead Method, and My Pizza: The Easy No-Knead Way to Make Spectacular Pizza at Home. Lahey expanded his footprint in New York City in July 2012 with the opening of Sullivan Street Bakery’s second outpost in Chelsea, just a few doors from Co. In 2014, My Bread was translated into Italian and Taiwanese. In 2015, Jim was the first recipient of the James Beard Award for Outstanding Baker.


 

Drew Nieporent
Chef

SAY: 16th Annual Gala Chefs’
Matthew Rudofker
Chef
Momofuku Ssäm Bar and Momofuku Má Pêch

Matthew Rudofker’s first kitchen experience was at Vetri restaurant in his hometown of Philadelphia. In 2005, he moved to New York City and worked under some of the city’s best young chefs, first at Oceana with Cornelius Gallagher followed by two years at Cru under Shea Gallante. Matt then spent time at Daniel, where he was part of the team that earned both four stars from the New York Times, and 3 Michelin stars. Before joining Ssäm Bar, Matthew completed a stage at the Fat Duck restaurant in England. In 2015, he was featured in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list and was appointed Executive Chef of Momofuku Má Pêche. He currently serves as the Executive Chef of both Ssäm Bar and Má Pêche.


 

SAY: 16th Annual Gala Chefs’
Jared Sippel
Chef
Italienne

Chef Jared Sippel has spent over a decade honing his craft and distinct culinary style in some of the most highly regarded kitchens across the US and Europe. Originally from Iowa, Jared was raised with strong connections to food and farming, with family who grew produce and raised livestock. Jared cooked throughout high school, and worked as a sous chef at an Italian restaurant while attending the University of Iowa. Upon graduating, he moved to Boulder, CO to attend the Culinary School of the Rockies, and work at the James Beard Award winning Frasca Food & Wine under renowned chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson. To broaden his palate and further educate himself on European cuisine, Jared headed straight to the source, where he spent several months working for Chefs Sylvestre Wahid and Jean-André Charial at the two Michelin starred L’Oustau de Baumanière in Provence, it was during this time that the majority of the inspiration behind Italienne was derived, from menus to wine lists and aesthetics.  Once back in the States, Jared returned for a second tour at Frasca, before moving to San Francisco to serve as sous chef at the two Michelin starred Quince under Chef Michael Tusk. After two years, he was called back to Frasca once again to assume the role of sous chef and develop the pasta program, and a year later he took on the title of chef-de-cuisine.  During this tenure Jared spent time extensively staging across Italy at Michelin starred restaurants including La Primula and La Subida in Friuli, and La Peca in the Veneto.  In 2013, Jared was recruited to New York to open the highly anticipated Manhattan location of the three Michelin starred Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare. Delays led Jared to begin the pursuit of building his own restaurant—with a vision, concept, and name that had long been close to his heart. A dynamic opening team that includes some of Jared’s former colleagues speaks to the level of esteem he’s earned over the years, as well as his loyal nature and dedication to working with the best of the best. “Italienne represents the culmination of my career training in the distinct regional cuisines of Northern Italy and Southern France,” says Jared. “I lived and worked on my own in the South of France; my time at Frasca with Chef Mackinnon-Patterson immersed me in the nuances of Friuli and Alto-Adige; and Chef Tusk exposed me to the regions of Provence and Piemonte, as well as California cuisine. It’s all come full circle in Italienne.”


 

SAY: 16th Annual Gala Chefs’
Christopher Stam
Executive Chef
DB Bistro

Growing up between Boston and Martha’s Vineyard, Chef Chris Stam’s first exposure to the restaurant industry came through the family business. At his grandfather’s bakery, café and restaurant in Vineyard Haven, Chris discovered a sense of his family’s roots, which stretch back to the earliest days of the island. After high school, Chris pursued a culinary degree at Johnson & Wales in Providence and spent his summers on the line at Ming Tsai’s Blue Ginger in Boston. After gaining experience in hotel dining through internships with the Hilton group and fine dining establishments in Providence, Chef Chris decided to test his mettle oversees under Chef Graham Tinsley. The head of the Welsh National Culinary Team, Tinsley was already recognized as a “Member of the British Empire” (MBE; the equivalent of the French MOF) for his work at the restaurant Shakespeares in Castle Hotel Conwy.

Upon his return to Boston, Chris joined the kitchen at Barbara Lynch’s upscale French and Italian outpost, No. 9 Park. It was there that he learned to manage the grueling pace of the professional kitchen, transforming his academic skills into a more innate mastery of cooking. In his second year with Lynch, Chris was given the opportunity to join Jean Georges’ opening team for Market at the W Hotel. Within a year, he had been promoted to sous chef, and would continue to work with the Jean Georges restaurant group for the next eight years. In 2012, Chris was ready for a new challenge: South East Asian cuisine in New York City. Joining the team at Jean Georges’ famed Meatpacking District hotspot, Spice Market, he was soon promoted to Executive Sous Chef, overseeing a back-of-house team of 115 cooks. By the end of his tenure at the restaurant, Stam had earned the title of Executive Chef, managing one of the most technically rigorous kitchens in the city, and had assisted with the opening of two other Jean Georges properties.

Chris joined The Dinex Group in 2017 as the Executive Chef at DB Bistro Moderne. After years of Asian-inflected cooking, he looks forward to embracing the roots of regional French cuisine, while retaining the freshness of the global kitchen. Guests can look forward to an increased emphasis on seafood, as an homage to both Chef Chris’ New England roots and New York City’s historic influence as the one of the world’s greatest oyster towns.


 

SAY: 16th Annual Gala Chefs’
Jonathan Waxman
Chef
Barbuto

Jonathan Waxman is a native Californian whose family nurtured him in the food arts from an early age. He received the Grand Diplôme from La Varenne School in Paris and mentored with Alice Waters at Berkeley’s legendary Chez Panisse before graduating to Executive Chef of Michael’s in Santa Monica. In 1984 Jonathan made his mark in New York with the iconic Jams, which he followed up with a string of successes in New York, London and Napa Valley. Today, Jonathan is chef and owner of Barbuto in Manhattan’s West Village and Jams in 1 Hotel Central Park.  In 2014, he opened Nashville restaurants, Adele’s and Bajo Sexto, with partners Howard Greenstone and Ken Levitan and is a founding partner of Nashville’s Music City Food + Wine Festival.  Today, Jonathan is chef and owner of Barbuto in Manhattan’s West Village and Jams in 1 Hotel Central Park.  In 2014, he opened Nashville restaurants, Adele’s and Bajo Sexto, with partners Howard Greenstone and Ken Levitan and is a founding partner of Nashville’s Music City Food + Wine Festival.  His Atlanta restaurant, Brezza Cucina, is located in Ponce City Market and Waxman’s, Jonathan’s most recent venture, opened in San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square in March 2016.   Jonathan Waxman is the 2016 James Beard Award winner for “Best Chef, New York City”.  He was a judge on Bravo’s Recipe for Deception and has appeared on two seasons of Top Chef Masters.  He is the author of cookbooks, A Great American Cook and Italian, My Way.  Jonathan currently lives in Manhattan with his wife and three children.


 

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