Q&A with Todd English HOST OF FOOD TRIP WITH TODD ENGLISH How did you get started cooking?
I grew up watching and learning how to cook alongside my grandmother but first entered the doors of a professional kitchen when I was 15. I graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and trained with Jean-Jacques Rachou at New York’s La Côte Basque. After that I went to Italy where I apprenticed at the Dal Pescatore in Canto Sull O’lio and Paraccuchi in Locando D’Angello.
How did you open your first restaurant?
At a time when most chefs were solely interested in French cuisine, I chose to go to Italy. I worked and studied at some amazing restaurants there, and was anxious to come back to the states and open a restaurant that showcased the cuisine and culture that I had fallen in love with. At the time Charlestown was really just up and coming, so I thought it was the perfect location to do a true, intimate neighborhood spot where I could interpret and present Italian and Mediterranean food in my own way.
Food Trip with Todd English is produced by Todd English Productions, presented by WGBH Boston, and distributed by American Public Television.
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