Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? Why do you choose to live in Hartford?
I’m a Connecticut boy, born in Coventry. My family moved to Simsbury and bought the house my grandparents lived in when I was two years old. The house in Simsbury has been in the family now for over 50 years, cant imagine home to be anywhere else. I studied Hospitality at Cornell University. Moved to Brooklyn after and cooked at a few restaurants in Manhattan before moving to France for two years. I fell completely for all thing France, but couldn’t get past being so far away from family , friends and home. I was offered a job at ON20 in 2009 and have planted myself in hartford since. I live in the West End currently, and love it!
Where do you get your style inspiration from? What magazines/blogs/media sources do you look to?
I get a lot of inspiration my job. Cooking is hard work, I wear a uniform all day and night, with a long apron and wooden clogs. When I first started cooking in the 90’s, a lot of the other cooks had a “rough and tumble “ style going. I then worked for some chefs who made it a point to look sharp when they come to work and after. I admired this , and have been emulating it since. I guess I just have a bit of suit and tie envy because Im never in one.
What is your favorite Hartford designer or product?
I admire what the gentlemen at Hartford Denim create.
What would you like to see arrive in Hartford that isn’t currently here?