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New York City chef Andrew Carmellini has an exceptional depth of culinary knowledge that, combined with his drive to achieve perfection, translates into dishes that start trends. Classically trained at Café Boulud in Manhattan, he becomes a student of whatever cuisine captures his imagination: rustic Italian at Locanda Verde, regional American at The Dutch and French in the grand café style at his newest restaurant, Lafayette. Whether he's making lamb-meatball sliders or a sheep's-milk ricotta to spread on toast (two deceptively simple dishes at Locanda Verde), Carmellini has figured out how to make diners care about food they might otherwise take for granted.