Chef Andy Nusser ’95, Cooking Nonna Style

Andy Nusser
Andy Nusser, Executive Chef of Tarry Lodge, Casa Mono, and Bar Jamón

 CIA Alumni Bio

Standing at the intersection of “art” and “commerce” you’ll find Andy Nusser, partner and executive chef at Tarry Lodge in Port Chester, NY, and Casa Mono and Bar Jamón in New York City. The route he took to get there was illuminated by the influences of family, science, serendipity, and his own inevitable passion.

Andy came from a family that was serious about both eating (his father founded The Santa Barbara Eating Society) and the arts (his family members were painters, actors, and musicians). He began his work life at General Motors where he filed design drawings in his position as clerk. That led to subsequent jobs as draftsman, CAD operator, and finally associate engineer. But as Andy tells it, even after 10 years at GM, he still really had nothing in common with his cubicle buddies. To his mind, he had not fulfilled the Nusser family artistic legacy!

Downsizing at GM translated into opportunity for Andy. He took a chance and headed straight to the CIA, where he found his artistic expression in the culinary arts. Always a fan of multitasking, he thrived on “having six burners on high, loaded with sauté pans, and cranking out food.” After graduating at the top of his class, Andy worked to help create culinary gems in the miniscule kitchen at Po in New York City. In 1998, Andy opened the kitchen of Babbo Ristorante. He helped earn the restaurant a three-star review from The New York Times and the title of Best New Restaurant from the James Beard Foundation. In 2003, Andy and his partners opened Casa Mono and Bar Jamón. Zagat rated the bar the number one Spanish restaurant in NYC. In 2008, Andy opened Tarry Lodge in Port Chester.

Chef Any Nusser majored in culinary arts at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. He is the executive chef and partner of Tarry Lodge, Casa Mono, and Bar Jamón.