Chef Anne Burrell
Centro Vinoteca | New York
Anne Burrell is becoming a familiar face, and rightly so. The spunky Mario Batali/Lidia Bastianich protégée has made waves from her spot behind the stove at Centro Vinoteca (and on her new show, "Secrets of a Restaurant Chef" on Food Network). Centro is not just another rustic Italian joint; while her food satisfies in a classic rustic Italian way, it also excites with dishes like fennel pollen-crusted pork, braised oxtail cakes, and ravioli alla uovo, a large ravioli that oozes golden egg yolk and creamy ricotta. Her menu is rounded out by an assortment of piccolini, or Italian small bites, making it one of the most fun and exciting Italian menus in the city. What’s more, Burrell is truly a chefs’ chef–she’s spunky, driven, devoted to work, and passionate about food and the industry.
Gala dish: Braised Duck Farrotto with Rougie Foie Gras
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