Rising Star Chef Anne Burrell of Gusto Ristorante e Bar Americano - Biography

New York, NY

February 2011

With her spiky blond hair and spunky personality, Anne Burrell is becoming one of the more recognizable characters in food. She has worked at some of the top restaurants in New York, studied the culinary landscape and traditions of Italy, and has battled alongside Mario Batali as his sous chef on Food Network's “Iron Chef America.” Today, while running the show at Gusto Ristorante e Bar Americano in the West Village, Burrell somehow makes time to make a show: “Secrets of a Restaurant Chef,” on the Food Network.

Burrell started watching Julia Child’s TV shows at an early age, and after obtaining a degree from Canisius College in Buffalo, she pursued her interest in the restaurant business by enrolling in the Culinary Institute of America. Following graduation, she spent a year in Italy attending the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners while working at La Taverna del Lupo in Umbria and La Bottega del' 30, a one-Michelin star restaurant in Tuscany. During this year, Anne grew to know and love Italian culinary culture and ingredients—especially olio nuovo—which left a lasting impact on her culinary point of view.

Upon her arrival in New York City, Anne was hired as a sous chef at Felidia Restaurant, where she worked with Lidia Bastianich. She then served as a chef at Savoy where she cooked over an open wood fire and created flavorful menus inspired by countries around the Mediterranean. Burrell’s next step was an instructor position at the Institute of Culinary Education. After three years, Anne went back to the restaurant business serving as the executive chef at Lumi Restaurant. Shortly after, she joined the Batali-Bastianich empire at Italian Wine Merchants, where she made salumi and traveled to off-site events with Mario Batali. When Batali became one of Food Network's Iron Chefs, he brought Burrell with him.

While running Centro Vinoteca, Burrell earned a 2008 StarChefs.com Rising Stars Award. And she recently took over the kitchen at another West Village Italian restaurant, Gusto Ristorante e Bar Americano.