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Jonathan Benno: Leonelli Taberna & Benno at the Evelyn Hotel
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Jonathan Benno, chef/proprietor of Leonelli Taberna, Leonelli Focacceria e Pasticceria, and Benno, describes his odyssey and the people he's met and worked with from Southbury, Ct. on to Kenya, to Hawaii, to San Francisco to New York and the Evelyn Hotel.
One of the most accomplished chefs in the country returns to center stage this week as Jonathan Benno has just opened his Leonelli Taberna in New York City, the first of three planned Italian concepts he'll launch this year. Andrew, who's neighbors with Jonathan in the suburbs of Westchester County, paid him a visit during construction back in May to discuss the projects, the challenges of new openings, the first stirrings of his love of cooking and Italian food, and his time at such restaurants as Daniel and Craft, and as the opening chef of Per Se and then Lincoln Ristorante. Here's a thought: If you like what you hear, please tell your chef-fascinated friends, subscribe to Andrew Talks to Chefs (it's free) on iTunes or Stitcher, follow us on your favorite social media platforms @ChefPodcast, and/or rate or review us on Apple's podcast store. Thanks for listening! Andrew Talks to Chefs is powered by Simplecast
This week’s guest on Chef’s Story is none other than Jonathan Benno – Executive Chef of Lincoln Restaurant and former chef at Per Se. onathan tells the story of how he went from Hawaii to the Bay Area and worked his way through some of the most celebrated kitchens in the country. Find out what it was like being the opening chef at Per Se and how Jonathan’s vision for Per Se helped inform his future endeavors as a chef. Jonathan is a humble team oriented chef, sometimes referred to as a “gentle giant” in the culinary industry. Tune in and hear his story straight from the source! This program was sponsored by Hearst Ranch. “It was in Hawaii that I realized I wanted to pursue food as a career and wanted to become a chef.” “The goal [with Per Se] was to bring that level of product driven refinement that is so special about The French Laundry to New York.” “With Lincoln Restaurant, I wanted to take traditional italian cuisine and take it to a very modern and unique location in Lincoln Center.” –chef Jonathan Benno of Lincoln Restaurant on Chef’s Story