Noah Bernamoff Food & Wine’s Star Chef Noah Bernamoff is the founder and co-owner of the Canadian-style Jewish deli Mile End Delicatessen, New York-Montreal wood-fired bagel shop Black Seed Bagels, cocktail/oyster bar Grand Army, and eastern Mediterranean fine-dining eatery Celestine. He also co-wrote the much-celebrated Mile End Cookbook (2012). Experience Born and raised in Montreal, Noah's developed his love for food at an early age while helping his grandmother make chicken matzo ball soup. He found himself at the crossroads entering his last year of law school when he realized he was spending more time smoking meat on the rooftop than studying law. His passion for cooking won. With his then-girlfriend now-wife Rae, Noah invested his remaining tuition money into what would eventually become his seminal Jewish deli Mile End, named after his grandparent’s old Montreal neighborhood. In 2014, Noah joined forces with New Yorker Matt Kliegman to launch Black Seed Bagels, which Nation’s Restaurant News named a breakout fast-casual chain in 2020. Along with his many business ventures, he and Rae became partners in Otto’s Market, a grocery store/deli located in their Germantown community. Education Noah Bernamoff is a graduate of McGill University. He studied law at Brooklyn Law School. About Food & Wine Food & Wine, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning online resource for anyone passionate about the culinary world. With rigorously tested recipes and the most trusted restaurant, drinks, culinary travel and home coverage, we inspire and empower people everywhere to discover, create, and devour the best in food and wine. Learn more about us and our editorial process.