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Jonathan Benno

2006 Best New Chef Award Profile

Why he won Because he prepares clever, indulgent food that complements his boss Thomas Keller's but is completely his own.
Born Bridgeport, Connecticut; 1969.
Education Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York.
Experience Aqua in San Francisco; the French Laundry in Yountville, California; Daniel, Les Célébrités, Gramercy Tavern and Craft, all in New York City.
Career turning point "I was a horrible cook for a while. My eureka moment came somewhere around CIA/Aqua/the French Laundry; it was an eight-year turning point."
Chef hero Legendary French chef Alain Chapel. "I have a picture of him in my office. He represents the classic image of a Michelin three-star chef who was utterly devoted to one restaurant."
Favorite cheap eat Havana-Chelsea, a Cuban lunch counter on Eighth Avenue in Manhattan. "I eat whatever's on the steam table that they're calling a special."
Most heroic moment Helping the staff evacuate Per Se the night a fire broke out during their first week.

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Restaurants
Lincoln
142 W. 65th St. New York, NY, United States
(212) 359-6500
5 recipes by Jonathan Benno

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