Over 50 Chefs from Connecticut Top Peer-Judged Best Chefs America List

13 May

Ever read the results of a contest that asks people to select the best food in your city or Connecticut and wondered, “Um, how did this happen?”  Sometimes the “best-ofs” are just so far off…but, look, they can be right on too.  It all depends on how the contest is organized.  Well, we just found out about a nationwide contest that was looking for the best chefs.  Best Chefs Americas decided to take a fresh approach and allow chefs, culinary professionals, and food enthusiasts to take surveys (over 5,000, actually) about great chefs and great food in their area.  Using this information, Best Chefs Americas was able to create a list that’s up on their page and is also available in book form.  The first edition of Best Chefs Americas will also share culinary trends and ingredients that were highlighted during these interviews.  The limited edition book is available on the Best Chefs Americas site for $75, but if you’re not willing to fork over the dough, you can still see the winners from Connecticut here, organized by city from Bloomfield-Woodbury.  Congratulations to all the chefs who were recognized by fellow chefs.  This list also serves as an amazing to-eat list of places in Connecticut, too.  Amazing.

Who are you happy to see on this list and who do you wish made the list (help to nominate them too)?


Steven Wolf:  Republic


Jason Groten:  Gabrielle’s


Jonathan Rapp:  River Tavern

Prashant Josse:  Brushmill by the Waterfall


Tracey Kydes:  Cafe on the Green


Kara Brooks:  Still River Café


Billy Grant:  Bricco Trattoria

David Sellers:  Max Fish


Morello's signature garganelli bolognese at Morello Bistro in Greenwich, CT

Morello’s signature garganelli bolognese at Morello Bistro in Greenwich, CT

Forrest Pasternack:  Morello Bistro (now at Bailey’s Backyard in Ridgefield)

Jean-Louis Gerin:  Restaurant Jean-Louis (now closed)


Paul Krawic:  Octagon


Michael Fox:  Mikro


Vinnie Carbone:  Carbone’s

John Chen:  Feng

Chris Torla:  Trumbull Kitchen

Hunter Morton:  Max Downtown

Scott Miller:  Max’s Oyster Bar

Jeffrey Lizotte:  ON20

Celestino Cialfi:  Peppercorn’s Grill


Noel Jones:  Pip’s at the Copper Beech Inn


George Courgnaud:  Le Laurentis


David Borselle:  Bar Bouchee


Josef Aigner:  Brew Bakers


Claudio San Francesco:  Jeffrey’s Restaurant by Claudio


Daniel Meiser:  Oyster Club

James Wayman:  Oyster Club

New Canaan

Luis Lopez:  Chef Luis

Chicken Vindaloo, naan, and spinach with a kick at Thali

Brian Lewis:  Elm

Prasad Chirnomula:  Thali

New Haven

Manuel Romero:  Ibiza

Jeff Caputo:  Mory’s

Jean Pierre Vuillermet:  Union League Cafe

John Gervasi:  University of New Haven

Denise Appel:  Zinc

New London

Luigi Sferrazza:  Recovery Room of New London


Adam Halberg:  Barcelona

Matt Storch:  Match

Arik Bensimon:  The Spread (now at LeFarm of Westport)

David Raymer:  Strada 18

Old Lyme

Kristofer Rowe:  Chestnut Grille

Rich, fatty, earthy...excellent pork belly atop French lentils

Rich, fatty, earthy…excellent pork belly atop French lentils from The Spread

Old Saybrook

John Brescio:  Liv’s Oyster Bar


James Martin:  85 Main


Bernard Bouissou:  Bernard’s


Bennett Chinn:  When Pigs Fly Southern BBQ


Tyler Anderson:  Millwright’s


Matthew Schmalle:  Capital Grille


Ryan Jones:  The Mill at 2T


Joel Viehland:  Community Table


Nicola Mancini:  La Tavola

West Hartford

Christiane Gehami:  Arugula Bistro


Pietro Scotti:  Da Pietro’s

Michel Nischan:  The Dressing Room

Bill Taibe:  LeFarm

Alex Rosado:  Post 154


Tim LaBant:  Schoolhouse at Cannondale

Carole Peck:  Good News Café

11 Responses to “Over 50 Chefs from Connecticut Top Peer-Judged Best Chefs America List”

  1. Renato May 14, 2013 at 7:22 am #

    Where i was, when this happened? hahaha!!


    • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro May 14, 2013 at 7:53 am #

      Hmm, not sure? :(


    • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro May 14, 2013 at 8:02 am #

      By the way Renato…if we had received a survey, we would have voted for you. You are an amazing chef and an amazing talent here in CT!


      • Renato May 15, 2013 at 8:21 am #

        Hahaha!! Thank you guys, your are so kind, actually just for saying that, I’m going to invite you on Thursday June 6th, We will featuring live jazz @ Basso Cafe…..you guys rocks!


        • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro May 15, 2013 at 8:22 am #

          Hey, that’s nice of you! :) We seriously have to come back. We so loved our first experience there at Basso. We definitely need to come back to sit outside again. Jazz just sweetens the pot!


  2. Real Estate Jolt May 13, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

    Congratulations, love the food at Da Pietro’s !



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