Todd English

Chef

New York

Todd English is a celebrity chef, restaurateur, author, entrepreneur and television star based in Boston and New York City. The four-time James Beard Award winner has published four critically acclaimed cookbooks, created the popular houseware line The Todd English Collection and hosts the Emmy-nominated PBS travel series Food Trip with Todd English. Todd English Enterprises includes more than 20 restaurants spanning the country. English's flagship Olives restaurant, located in Charlestown, Mass., has expanded to New York and Las Vegas. His recent restaurant openings include Todd English P.U.B. in Las Vegas' CityCenter and two in New York, The Plaza Food Hall by Todd English at the famed Plaza Hotel and Ça Va, a French-inspired brasserie in the Theater District.

  • On July 2
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  • On October 29, 2012
    Todd English answered the question: Todd English

    What are Todd English's favorite hotels?

    The Aman Group does an amazing job with their hotels, I was just at the one in Turks & Caicos and it was pretty spectacular. The service is amazing, but when you go in and you experience something, you feel the zen, you feel the calmness, you feel all the things they’re representing. The Grand Hyatt and the Park Hyatt in Tokyo — both amazing hotels, and so is Four Seasons Milan.
  • On October 22, 2012
    Todd English answered the question: Todd English

    What are Todd English's favorite hotels?

    The Aman Group does an amazing job with their hotels, I was just at the one in Turks & Caicos and it was pretty spectacular. The service is amazing, but when you go in and you experience something, you feel the zen, you feel the calmness, you feel all the things they’re representing. The Grand Hyatt and the Park Hyatt in Tokyo — both amazing hotels, and so is Four Seasons Milan.
  • On October 22, 2012
    Todd English answered the question: Todd English

    What are Todd English's favorite hotels?

    The Aman Group does an amazing job with their hotels, I was just at the one in Turks & Caicos and it was pretty spectacular. The service is amazing, but when you go in and you experience something, you feel the zen, you feel the calmness, you feel all the things they’re representing. The Grand Hyatt and the Park Hyatt in Tokyo — both amazing hotels, and so is Four Seasons Milan.
  • On October 22, 2012
    Todd English answered the question: Todd English

    What are Todd English's favorite hotels?

    The Aman Group does an amazing job with their hotels, I was just at the one in Turks & Caicos and it was pretty spectacular. The service is amazing, but when you go in and you experience something, you feel the zen, you feel the calmness, you feel all the things they’re representing. The Grand Hyatt and the Park Hyatt in Tokyo — both amazing hotels, and so is Four Seasons Milan.
  • On October 18, 2012
    Todd English answered the question: Todd English

    What are Todd English's favorite cities?

    Paris, Istanbul, Rome, New York. Istanbul is one of my new favorites — I love the culture, the Turkish food. In a city with 18 million people there’s just so much going on. Paris — it may be the hopeless romantic in me. The French just do it big.

    And Rome is up there too, they just get it right. There’s history, there’s culture. And that’s what’s cool, getting to know the local restaurants, the local market. There’s just an aesthetic there, a lifestyle, and it’s a great walking city.

    I love New York — what I’ve found is that, when I first started cooking in the city, it was kind of the Upper East Side and everything else and Midtown, and now it’s more about downtown in so many ways. You’ve got SoHo, which has become too much in a few ways, and Meatpacking is getting to be that way but it’s still cool. I love the Lower East Side and the Alphabet City. I’m finding that New York just grows on you — every time you think you’ve seen it all, something happens and you’re like, ‘Wow, that’s so cool.’
  • On October 18, 2012
    Todd English answered the question: Todd English

    What are Todd English's favorite cities?

    Paris, Istanbul, Rome, New York. Istanbul is one of my new favorites — I love the culture, the Turkish food. In a city with 18 million people there’s just so much going on. Paris — it may be the hopeless romantic in me. The French just do it big.

    And Rome is up there too, they just get it right. There’s history, there’s culture. And that’s what’s cool, getting to know the local restaurants, the local market. There’s just an aesthetic there, a lifestyle, and it’s a great walking city.

    I love New York — what I’ve found is that, when I first started cooking in the city, it was kind of the Upper East Side and everything else and Midtown, and now it’s more about downtown in so many ways. You’ve got SoHo, which has become too much in a few ways, and Meatpacking is getting to be that way but it’s still cool. I love the Lower East Side and the Alphabet City. I’m finding that New York just grows on you — every time you think you’ve seen it all, something happens and you’re like, ‘Wow, that’s so cool.’
  • On October 18, 2012
    Todd English answered the question: Todd English

    What are Todd English's favorite hotels?

    The Aman Group does an amazing job with their hotels, I was just at the one in Turks & Caicos and it was pretty spectacular. The service is amazing, but when you go in and you experience something, you feel the zen, you feel the calmness, you feel all the things they’re representing. The Grand Hyatt and the Park Hyatt in Tokyo — both amazing hotels, and so is Four Seasons Milan.
  • On October 18, 2012
    Larry Stone answered the question: Larry Stone

    What are Todd English's favorite hotels?

    I know people like to go to elegant hotels and have these luxury experiences, but for me it’s a useful place to drop my stuff off and go explore. But one of my favorite hotels is the L’Hôtel De Beaune in the town of Beaune in Burgundy. It’s a great little hotel — it’s beautifully appointed and small and quiet. And it’s right on the town square, so I’m in the heart of things once I get there.

    I love Turtle Inn, one of Francis Ford Coppola’s resorts in Belize. It’s right on the water, and you can walk out the door and get someone to take you on a boat to go scuba diving or you can lounge on the beach. It’s very quiet — there are no modern phones or televisions. Turtle Inn has that rustic, peaceful calm about it.

    If I’m going to stay in a big hotel in New York or Tokyo, I’ll stay at the Four Seasons, the JW Marriott, or a Ritz-Carlton. I used to work for Four Seasons, so I have a special affinity for them. Otherwise I look for individual little hotels. I stayed in The James recently in New York and it’s a wonderful little place downtown not far from Canal Street. It’s got a great staff and is very peaceful — it gave me the small hotel feel in a sophisticated way. And it’s right near SoHo, so you can get to Balthazar, or Corton or David Bouley’s restaurant.
  • On October 17, 2012
    Todd English answered the question: Todd English

    What inspires Todd English's cooking?

    I’ve always been a flavor guy, so whatever can inspire flavor. I find that I love ethnic flavors. I love spice. Ginger is my new garlic, and has been for a while, but I love it and use a lot of it. I find ginger very refreshing and just really healthy. I like acids. I like vinegars. I like finishing things and then adding flavor, whether it’s the zest of an orange or a flavored salt. I did a whole thing of recipes based on just basically searing a protein or a vegetable, and then putting the flavored salts over the top, so now it’s seasoned before you cook it. It’s kind of an old, interesting series of things that you can do.
  • On October 17, 2012
    Todd English answered the question: Todd English

    What inspires Todd English's cooking?

    I’ve always been a flavor guy, so whatever can inspire flavor. I find that I love ethnic flavors. I love spice. Ginger is my new garlic, and has been for a while, but I love it and use a lot of it. I find ginger very refreshing and just really healthy. I like acids. I like vinegars. I like finishing things and then adding flavor, whether it’s the zest of an orange or a flavored salt. I did a whole thing of recipes based on just basically searing a protein or a vegetable, and then putting the flavored salts over the top, so now it’s seasoned before you cook it. It’s kind of an old, interesting series of things that you can do.
  • On October 17, 2012
    Todd English answered the question: Todd English

    What inspires Todd English's cooking?

    I’ve always been a flavor guy, so whatever can inspire flavor. I find that I love ethnic flavors. I love spice. Ginger is my new garlic, and has been for a while, but I love it and use a lot of it. I find ginger very refreshing and just really healthy. I like acids. I like vinegars. I like finishing things and then adding flavor, whether it’s the zest of an orange or a flavored salt. I did a whole thing of recipes based on just basically searing a protein or a vegetable, and then putting the flavored salts over the top, so now it’s seasoned before you cook it. It’s kind of an old, interesting series of things that you can do.
  • On October 17, 2012
    Todd English answered the question: Todd English

    What inspires Todd English's cooking?

    I’ve always been a flavor guy, so whatever can inspire flavor. I find that I love ethnic flavors, I love spice, and ginger is my new garlic, and has been for a while, but I love it and use a lot of it. I find ginger very refreshing and just really healthy. I like acids, I like vinegars, I like finishing things and then adding flavor, whether it’s the zest of an orange or a flavored salt. I did a whole thing of recipes based on just basically searing a protein or a vegetable, and then putting the flavored salts over the top, so now it’s seasoned before you cook it. It’s kind of an old, interesting series of things that you can do.