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 August 24, 2012
    Todd English answered the question: Todd English

    What is the best trip Todd English ever took?

    When I was taping my PBS TV show in South Africa, I went on the safari at Penda. It was amazing because I had my kids with me, and it was really unbelievable. I also took a trip to Spain, where we went to places like Madrid and we had some of the best food, really classic Madrid. And then they took us out to the country, and that’s when I experienced some San Sebastian food, and also a restaurant in Segovia, which is this big farmhouse restaurant, and I forget the name of it. But you sit in the dining room, and there are wood-burning ovens all around you — probably 20 of them — and they’re filled with these little pigs that they roast for four or five hours. So the food came out and we had that, some baby lamb, and all sorts of potatoes and salads and things like that around it — it was unreal.
  • On August 24, 2012
    Todd English answered the question: Todd English

    What is the best trip Todd English ever took?

    When I was taping my PBS TV show in South Africa, I went on the safari at Penda. It was amazing because I had my kids with me, and it was really unbelievable. I also took a trip to Spain, where we went to places like Madrid and we had some of the best food, really classic Madrid. And then they took us out to the country, and that’s when I experienced some San Sebastian food, and also a restaurant in Segovia, which is this big farmhouse restaurant, and I forget the name of it. But you sit in the dining room, and there are wood-burning ovens all around you — probably 20 of them — and they’re filled with these little pigs that they roast for four or five hours. So the food came out and we had that, some baby lamb, and all sorts of potatoes and salads and things like that around it — it was unreal.
  • On November 12, 2011
    Todd English answered the question: Todd English

    What would Todd English serve at his ultimate dinner party?

    There would certainly be white truffles, and caviar in some capacity. I also feel like I’d have to put a meatball somewhere in there— I love meatballs and my mom made me meatballs when I was a kid. So yeah, I’d have a kilo of caviar, a bucket of fried chicken, and a 1952 Dom Perignon.
  • On November 12, 2011
    Todd English answered the question: Todd English

    What would Todd English serve at his ultimate dinner party?

    There would certainly be white truffles, and caviar in some capacity. I also feel like I’d have to put a meatball somewhere in there— I love meatballs and my mom made me meatballs when I was a kid. So yeah, I’d have a kilo of caviar, a bucket of fried chicken, and a 1952 Dom Perignon.
  • On November 12, 2011
    Todd English answered the question: Todd English

    Is Todd English ever inspired by wine to create a dish?

    Always. I’m very much about doing wine dinners. Early on in my career, I took a wine tasting class where you learn about the components of the wine, so basically what you do is you get a tray of all these little tastings and figure out, ‘what is blackberry extract,’ ‘what is smoke,’ ‘what is chalk,’ And you taste all of these components and you learn all these flavor profiles, and how your palate reacts to certain things. And your nose holds the best memories of food and scents, so when you smell these you’re like, ‘Oh, that’s what elderflower smells like.’ And you can answer, ‘what is in that wine,’ and pair foods that represent that, and bring out or highlight or feature those things, and I love that.
  • On November 12, 2011
    Todd English answered the question: Todd English

    Is Todd English ever inspired by wine to create a dish?

    Always. I’m very much about doing wine dinners. Early on in my career, I took a wine tasting class where you learn about the components of the wine, so basically what you do is you get a tray of all these little tastings and figure out, ‘what is blackberry extract,’ ‘what is smoke,’ ‘what is chalk,’ And you taste all of these components and you learn all these flavor profiles, and how your palate reacts to certain things. And your nose holds the best memories of food and scents, so when you smell these you’re like, ‘Oh, that’s what elderflower smells like.’ And you can answer, ‘what is in that wine,’ and pair foods that represent that, and bring out or highlight or feature those things, and I love that.
  • On November 12, 2011
    Todd English answered the question: Todd English

    What does Todd English bring home from his travels?

    I try not to accumulate anything. I find that you can usually find it in the U.S., unless it’s something really unique like a painting or a one-of-a-kind.
  • On November 12, 2011
    Todd English answered the question: Todd English

    What does Todd English bring home from his travels?

    I try not to accumulate anything. I find that you can usually find it in the U.S., unless it’s something really unique like a painting or a one-of-a-kind.
  • On November 12, 2011
    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.
  • On November 12, 2011
    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.
  • On November 12, 2011
    Todd English answered the question: Todd English

    What does Todd English wear when he travels?

    I hate when people wear sweats when they travel. I get it, but it drives me crazy. I was brought up in the time that when you traveled on a plane, you dressed up, and that was the way you do it. So I’ll wear some jeans, a shirt and a blazer. I’m always a carry-on guy, there’s only carry-on or lost luggage.
  • On November 12, 2011
    Todd English answered the question: Todd English

    What does Todd English wear when he travels?

    I hate when people wear sweats when they travel. I get it, but it drives me crazy. I was brought up in the time that when you traveled on a plane, you dressed up, and that was the way you do it. So I’ll wear some jeans, a shirt and a blazer. I’m always a carry-on guy, there’s only carry-on or lost luggage.
  • On November 12, 2011
    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 November 12, 2011
    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 November 12, 2011
    Todd English answered the question: Todd English

    What are your favorite restaurants?

    There’s was a restaurant right outside of Lyon called Chez Tante Paulette, where people like Patricia Wells and Alice Waters were inspired to do the chicken with a hundred cloves of garlic. You had to make a reservation, and there were four tables and you sat and a simple salad came out with toasted garlic all over it, and then the next course was chicken with a pork roast and garlic, and it was the breast of chicken, and then it was also roasted potatoes with garlic and duck fat. The ultimate garlic meal.