Interviews

An Interview with Scott Reinhardt, General Manager, Loring Place

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After 22 years at Gramercy Tavern, Scott Reinhardt knows a thing or two about staying power on the New York dining scene. But just months into his tenure at Chef Dan Kluger’s Loring Place, he’s re-examining his own methods. Here, Scott is tasked with overseeing the continued evolution of an already thriving restaurant that he sees becoming an NYC institution someday. This week, we sat with the recently-appointed general manager to hear all about this professional soul-searching and how it’s impacting his leadership style. For over two decades, you co-authored the story of a very special restaurant. But now, in...

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An Interview with Erika Chou, Owner, Wayla

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“It’s not a straight, linear thing,” says Wayla owner Erika Chou of how each of her concepts have developed over time, but the statement characterizes her professional path just as well. With a background spanning fine arts and fashion, and experience in the fast-casual and full-service realms in multiple U.S. cities, the restaurateur brings unique perspectives to this LES Thai hotspot. So today — as we celebrate Wayla becoming our newest NYC partner — it felt like the perfect opportunity to ask her how this particular project came to be, and what makes it so special: I remember the very...

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An Interview with Gabriel Stulman, Founder, Happy Cooking Hospitality Group

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“Even a great boxer has butterflies before they get into the ring,” says Gabriel Stulman. “And if they don’t, they should.” From running a handful of smaller, neighborhood spots to some much larger, hotel spots and back again, Gabriel is a restaurateur who has stepped into many different rings throughout his career. Over lunch at Simon & The Whale at the Freehand Hotel, we talk about some of the strategies he has employed over time, and how he ensures that Happy Cooking Hospitality continues to evolve. Glancing around the hotel — not his most recent project but easily the biggest...

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An Interview with Jeremy Lee, Chef, Quo Vadis

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The Guardian’s Jay Rayner once described Jeremy Lee as “one of those rare phenomena in the London food world: a chap everyone agrees is a good thing.” At Soho’s historic Quo Vadis, where proto-bad boy chef Marco Pierre White once manned the stoves, Lee has carried the torch since 2012. A magnetizing personality, larger-than-life thespian with a flair for the dramatic, incomparable cook and generous host, Jeremy offered me champagne as soon as we sat down for a chat. It was 11am. From there, we discussed culinary education, mentorship, collaboration, and more… Could you tell me about your introduction to...

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An Interview with Jess Shadbolt, Chef/Co-Owner, King

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“I’m not French. I haven’t lived in Italy. My grandmother is not Italian,” says Chef Jess Shadbolt, listing some of the reasons why her restaurant King is named, matter-of-factly, after the street on which it is located. Along with fellow River Cafe vet Clare de Boer and Annie Shi — a Clove Club alum who looks after the dining room — she has helped shape this once-sleepy stretch of New York’s SoHo into what the team lovingly refers to as the #6thAvenueRiviera. As she prepares for lunch service, I ask Jess how three-year-old King, run by three former Londoners, has...

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