Andrew Carmellini ’91, NoHo Hospitality Group
Chef Andrew Carmellini ’91 has certainly been busy since his days as executive chef for Café Boulud. He’s been shaping dynamic and award-winning menus at his restaurants under the NoHo Hospitality Group which includes: Locanda Verde; The Dutch in New York and Miami; Lafayette; Bar Primi; Little Park and Evening Bar at the Smythe Hotel; The Public Theater, which includes the celebrated nightclub Joe’s Pub and The Library at the Public; and multiple Sausage Boss locations in Madison Square Garden. His latest project is in partnership with the 23-story, 183-room William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Chef Carmellini is the creative mastermind behind the hotel’s Leuca Restaurant, Westlight rooftop bar, and seasonal eatery Mister Dip. There, he’ll be serving burgers, fries, and soft serve ice cream out of a chrome, retro-fitted 1974 Airstream camper in the hotel’s Vale Park.
In 2000, Chef Carmellini was named Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine and won a James Beard Foundation Award for Rising Star Chef. He was nominated three times by the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: New York City, winning the prestigious award in 2005. In February 2017, he was named a semi-finalist for Outstanding Chef by the James Beard Foundation, the fifth time in consecutive years Chef Carmellini has received the distinction.
Widely respected by his peers, Carmellini is a cook’s cook. Known in kitchen circles as A.C., Chef Carmellini has the reputation of being an encyclopedia of food. In 2008, he co-authored Urban Italian: True Stories and Simple Recipes from a Life in Food, with his wife, Gwen Hyman. The pair published their second cookbook, American Flavor, in 2011.