Interview with Chef Dante Giannini

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Dante Giannini is the head chef and founder of Farm to Fork Chef and is contracted as Jimmy Buffett’s private chef.

I am a classically trained chef. I went to the Culinary Institute of America right out of high school in 2006. I truly believe my most important education came on the job while working in restaurants across the tri-state area.

What inspired me to become a chef was growing up in a tight knit Italian American family where food brought us together. The satisfaction of when someone eats your creation and loves it is really special.

I was found by the Buffett family through a very high end concierge service based in NYC. I had worked for another prominent celebrity before Mr. Buffett, and it’s a very small world.

Mr. Buffett’s favorite entrée and dessert, hmmmm tough question cause he’s a true foodie. If I had to narrow it down it be a simple local fish ceviche with island flavors (it is Jimmy Buffett after all) and dessert would be a well prepared cheesecake.

Most unusual dish I’ve created for him has to be Grouse, which is a game bird that that he foraged himself. He brought it to my kitchen and I stewed it, it was a crisp autumn day.

Ingredients I enjoy using must be local, seasonal and at the peak of freshness, Simple as that!

Other celebs I’ve cooked for include, Madonna, Rebecca Minkoff, David Lauren Bush Lauren, and some others I cannot name for confidentiality reasons.

Do I have a favorite spot to eat at, also a tough one because living in NY there are so many great options. At the moment I’m loving Toro on the West side of Manhattan.

Do I like Mr. Buffett’s music, of course!! He’s my boss and he’s a legend, his music appeals to all ages. Is it cliché to say my favorite is “Cheeseburger in Paradise”? Haha. I not only listen to his music but I also enjoy his beer from time to time, Landshark.

For more information on Dante Giannini and some recipes visit Farm to Fork Chef

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