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 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.
  • On November 12, 2011
    Todd English answered the question: Todd English

    What are your 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. <br/><br/>And Rome is up there too, they just get it right. There’s history, there’s culture. <br/><br/>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 November 12, 2011
    Todd English answered the question: Todd English

    What are your 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. <br/><br/>And Rome is up there too, they just get it right. There’s history, there’s culture. <br/><br/>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.’