Women have been running influential kitchens and restaurants in New York for quite a while, but not all that many. This season, the roster of women behind the most anticipated new and reinvented places is especially long.
April Bloomfield, the nose-to-tail chef who created definitive burgers at the Spotted Pig and the Breslin, will go whole hog on the art form at Salvation Burger. Roxanne Spruance, a veteran of Blue Hill and Alison Eighteen, is preparing a French-American menu at Kingsley. Erika Chow is changing Yunnan Kitchen’s focus from regional Chinese to barbecue. And Angie Berry, Gina Goyette and Carolyn Pincus are joining talents at Bottle & Bine, with a focus on wine and beer.
Missy Robbins, who won a Michelin star at A Voce, plans to interpret Italian fare with a kick at Lilia. Denisse Lina Chavez, whose poblano cooking drew fresh attention to the Bronx (and who is profiled in this week’s Close at Hand), has moved her restaurant, El Atoradero, to a more generous space in Brooklyn. Ivy Stark’s responsibilities at Dos Caminos keep expanding. And Catherine Allswang, once a chef in Paris, will concentrate on French food seen through an American lens at Le Garage, which she will run with her daughter.
Then there are the bakers: Melissa Weller, formerly of Per Se, is perfecting Sadelle’s bagels; Samantha Kincaid is creating desserts at the Philadelphia import High Street on Hudson; and Elisa Marshall will make home-style treats at Maman’s two new outposts.
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In New Restaurants, the Faces Are Increasingly Female – NYTimes