With regards to the world of Bravo’s Prime Chef, we have now to confess we’re snobs for the Prime Chef Masters franchise, the place the cooks are much less dramatic, extra skilled, and total chiller than the characters on plain outdated Prime Chef.
In fact, this can be a results of the stakes being markedly decrease: Cooks compete for charity and bragging rights, fairly than a $250,000 grand prize.
The Prime Chef Masters sequence sadly solely ran for 5 seasons till 2013, however we won’t cease fascinated about one among our all-time favourite contestants, Chef Anita Lo, from Season 1.
What’s the chef as much as immediately, over a decade after her season aired? Hold studying.
How did Anita Lo get her begin within the culinary world?
Michigan native Anita Lo fell in love with French meals whereas pursuing her undergraduate diploma in French language at Columbia College and determined to plunge head-first into her ardour.
After finding out overseas in Paris, she returned to France for culinary college on the prestigious Ecole Ritz-Escoffier, and accomplished her internships underneath some essentially the most revered French cooks, together with Man Savoy and Michel Rostang.
She returned to New York to develop her culinary type, working at ultra-acclaimed eating places like Chanterelle and Mirezi, the place she earned her first two-star evaluate from The New York Occasions.
In 2000, Anita opened her personal restaurant, Greenwich Village’s new American instant-hit, Anissa, which held a Michelin star for 9 consecutive years till Anita selected to shut its doorways in 2017.
The restaurant earned worldwide approval for Anita’s foie gras soup dumplings. “I am not fairly certain that is my favourite dish, however that is definitely the dish that I’ll be identified for,” she stated of the foie gras xiao lengthy baos in The Warmth: A Kitchen (R)evolution.
Is Anita Lo relationship anybody?
Whereas Solo was born out of lengthy stretches of Anita being single (“I have been dumped nearly as many occasions as I have been in relationships — and I can depend these on lower than two palms,” she writes within the intro. “Unfold over my fifty-year lifespan, that is plenty of solo meals.”), the celebrated chef is now in an eight-year relationship with Chef Mary Attea, who she met whereas Mary labored because the chef de delicacies at Anissa.
And whereas Anita herself does not plan on opening a brand new restaurant any time quickly, she did point out in a 2017 interview along with her alma mater that she “may open my companion Mary Attea’s … restaurant down the road.”
Now, Mary is the chef of The Musket Room on Elizabeth Road in New York’s Bowery neighborhood, and Anita is the most important fan of her meals, which she calls “soulful, scrumptious, good, and delightful.”
Anybody who’s seen Anita work is aware of that that may be very excessive reward, coming from her.