Four F&W Best New Chefs, one brilliant restaurant—that’s the concept behind Chefs Club by Food & Wine, opening this fall in Manhattan’s Puck Building. Here, a tasting hosted by the building’s owner, Jared Kushner, and his wife, Ivanka Trump.
At F&W, chefs are our heroes. We invite them into our kitchen to cook and hang out; we sing off-key with them at late-night karaoke parties; we find their hidden talents, like drawing or making ceramics, to share with the world. And now we’ve found another way to celebrate these amazing people: a restaurant called Chefs Club by Food & Wine, launched in partnership with Chefs Club USA.
The idea at the heart of the project is unique: four F&W Best New Chefs create dishes for the Chefs Club menu for one year. The first Chefs Club debuted in Aspen in 2012, and we’re bringing the concept to New York City. My role: Chief Curator and Talent Scout. Opening a restaurant in the greatest food city in the country was never an item on my bucket list. But it has turned into one of my most gratifying experiences. Led by Chefs Club USA president Stephane De Baets, we looked at spaces in generic office lobbies and cramped town house parlor floors. Then we found an extraordinary spot in the newly renovated Puck Building. The barrel-vault brick ceilings, cast-iron columns and oversized windows make this feel like a very special, very New York place, with infinite possibilities.