Chef Stories

Meet the Top Culinary Minds


Chef Amanda Cohen

Executive Chef and Owner | Dirt Candy
Manhattan, NY

Chef Gary Patterson

Executive Research Chef | Director of Culinary Science, CEC®

Chef Rachel Gooding

Research Chef

Chef Len King

Senior Research Chef, CEC®, CRC®

Chef Andreas Pias

Senior Research Chef | Culinary Nutrition, CRC®

Chef Gabby Quintana

Senior Research Chef | Culinary Mixologist
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Chef Amanda Cohen

Dirt Candy | Manhattan, NY |

Chef Amanda is owner of Dirt Candy, the award-winning vegetable restaurant on New York City's Lower East Side. She is also a proud Canadian. As a leader of the vegetable-forward movement, Chef Amanda is showing chefs of all stripes how to move vegetables from side dishto center-of-plate.

The restaurant's original location only had 18 seats and was open for six years. Over that time, it was recognized by the Michelin Guide five years in a row, and won awards from Gourmet Magazine, the Village Voice and many others. With the opening of its new location inJanuary 2015, both the restaurant and Amanda’s profile continued to rise.

Chef Amanda was the first vegetarian chef to compete on Iron Chef America and her comic book cookbook, Dirt Candy: A Cookbook, is the first graphic novel cookbook to be published in North America. It's currently in its sixth printing.

Amanda's Recipes