Rising Star Chef Marco Canora of Hearth - Biography

New York, NY

November 2011

Never having received any formal culinary training, Marco Canora learned to approach cooking with both passion and resourcefulness by working alongside his Tuscan mother and aunt. It was in their kitchens that Canora began to pay close attention to the use of the freshest, seasonal ingredients. He also learned how simple vegetables and herbs from his aunt’s garden could be translated into a wide variety of flavorful dishes. Years later, while he was a sous chef at Gramercy Tavern, Canora decided to learn more about the roots of his family’s cuisine and traveled to Florence, Italy, where he apprenticed at Fabbio Picchi’s renowned Cibreo.

Although when Marco signed on to be the chef at Craft, it represented a big step forward in his culinary career, he had received accolades for his talents in the kitchen since the late 1990s. As the executive chef and owner of La Cucina, a 60-seat restaurant on Martha’s Vineyard, Canora was something of a local celebrity – cooking for then-President Bill Clinton and his friends, and cooking food that was widely known as the best on the island. As Canora’s role as chef at Craft continued to expand, he kept La Cucina up and running.

As a testament to Canora's energy and vision, Colicchio gave him full reign over Craftbar, Craft’s more casual sibling. At Craftbar, Canora translated his family recipes into contemporary classics. The results garnered praise from Jonathan Reynolds and Maura Egan of The New York Times Magazine among many others.

With years of cooking and management experience under his belt, Canora decided it was time to open his own restaurant where “the goal,” he says, “is to create beautifully composed dishes with an emphasis on quality and simplicity.” Canora does just that at Hearth, which he opened with former beverage and service director of Gramercy Tavern, Paul Grieco, in November 2004. Their unique, seasonal wine list features many international and national selections, while Canora relies on local, seasonal ingredients to create such stand-out dishes as red snapper crudo, roasted quail, braised veal breast and roasted cod. The duo opened Terroir wine bar in 2008. Two years later, they opened a Tribeca location of Terroir