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BREAKING NEWS: Jerseyans Named to First "Best Chefs America" List

March 19, 2013 10:53 PM ET | Rosie Saferstein | Permanent Link

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Best Chefs America, a 386-page book published this month, bills itself as the "first-ever industry peer review guide [to] chefs." The 4,650 chefs across the country who made the cut are listed state by state. A quick count shows New Jersey has 196 honorees, ranging from stars like Craig Shelton, Nicholas Harary, Scott Anderson, David Felton, Zod Arifai, Ryan DePersio, Ariane Duarte, Marilyn Schlossbach and Anthony Bucco to many lesser known names.

Here's how the Best Chefs America press materials explains the process:

"Chefs were first nominated by fellow chefs, culinary professionals and food enthusiasts across the country. Then, from March 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012 analysts conducted over 5,000 confidential telephone interviews. The interviews consisted of a series of proprietary questions, and software was used to aggregate the data. Chefs earning the highest scores among their peers in their region were included in the guide."

In the next few days, we'll have more information for you on the process and on the team behind the project and the book. We will also post the full list of 196 New Jersey honorees.

Meanwhile, here (in no particular order) are some other names restaurant-goers will recognize...

Humberto Campos Jr - Lorena's, Maplewood

Cosimo Cassano - Girasole, Atlantic City

Kevin Kelly - Steve & Cookies, Margate

Alex Capasso - Blackbird, Collingswood

Luke Palladino - Luke Palladino, Northfield

Matt McPherson - Matt's Red Rooster, Flemington

Andrew Araneo - Drew's Bayshore Bistro, Keyport

Darryl Feeney - Red, Red Bank

Steve Christianson - St. Eve's, Ho-Ho-Kus

Ronny Cohen - White Manna Hamburgers, Hackensack

Thomas Ciszak - Chakra, Paramus

Chris Siversen - Maritime Parc, Jersey City

James Laird - Serenade, Chatham

Alex Gorant, Axia Taverna, Tenafly

Bruce Lefebvre - Frog and the Peach, New Brunswick

Mitchell Altholz - The Manor/Highlawn Pavilion, West Orange

Michael Weisshaupt - Restaurant Latour, Hamburg

Juan Andres - Costanera, Montclair

Christopher Albrecht - Eno Terra, Princeton

Andrew DiCataldo - Patria, Rahway

Bill Hendra - Huntley Taverne, Summit

Peter Turso - Ursino, Union

Anthony Micari - The Ebbitt Room, Cape May

Best Chefs America: New Jersey
First Last Restaurant  City
Stephen Schwartzinger                  Mattar's Bistro Allamuchy Township
Guiseppe Biancalana Café 2825 Atlantic City
Cosimo Cassano Girasole Atlantic City
Frank Dougherty Dock's Oyster House Atlantic City
Jeff Gotta Carmine's  Atlantic City
Nery Hernandez Buddakan Atlantic City
Geoff Johnson                  Roman Grill Linwood
Kevin Kelly Steve & Cookies By the Bay Margate
Fernando Masci                  Il Mulino New York Atlantic City
Rosalba Morici Girasole Atlantic City
Luke Palladino Luke Palladino Northfield
Carmen Rone Tomatoes Margate
Chris  Scarduzio Mia Atlantic City
Sergio Soto                  Gallagher's Steakhouse Atlantic City
Joseph Tucker                  Catch Longport
Joe Brown                  Melange Café Haddonfield
Francisco Cabrera                  El Sitio Collingswood
Alex Capasso                  Blackbird Dining Establishment Collingswood
Manish Chopra Cross Culture Haddonfield
Mario DiVentura                  Filomena Lakeview  Deptford
Vincent Fanari                  Dream Cuisine Café Cherry Hill
Samuel Giumarello                  Giumarello’s Restaurant & G Bar Lounge Haddon Township
Daniel Hover                  Ritz Seafood Voorhees
Masaharu Ito Fuji Haddonfield
Fred Kellermann                  Elements Café Haddon Heights
Justin Kunkel                  Kunkel's Seafood & Steakhouse Haddon Heights
Franco Lombardo     Sapori Collingswood
Pasquale Masters                  Pasta Pomodoro Voorhees
Matthew McElmoyl                  Oliver a bistro Bordentown
Robert Minniti                  Bacio Catering Moorestown
Nunzio Patruno Nunzio Ristorante Rustico Collingswood
John Pilarz                  Anthony's Creative Italian Cuisine Haddon Heights
Marianne Powell                  A Little Café Camden
Joshua Reeves                  Barnsboro Inn Sewell
Chris Sammons                  Zinc Café Medford
Robin Winzinger                  Robin's Nest  Mount Holly
Anthony Bucco                  The Ryland Inn Whitehouse Station
Chris Connors Anton's at the Swan Lambertville
Brian Held                  Brian's Lambertville
Christopher Hirsheimer                  Canal House Cooking Lambertville
Matt McPherson Matt's Red Rooster Grill Flemington
Mark Miller                  Hamilton's Grill Room Lambertville
DeAnna Paterra                  DeAnna's Restaurant Lambertville
Yoshi                   Arisu Englishtown
Andrew Araneo                  Drew's Bayshore Bistro Keyport
Giovanni Atzori                  Undici Rumson
Chris Brandl                  Brandl. Belmar
Ron Caudill                  Raven and the Peach Fair Haven
Joseph Cetrulo Stella Marina Asbury Park
Ian Cooper                    Manasquan
Terry Eleftheriou                  Shipwreck Grill Brielle
Chris Estelle                    Asbury Park
Darryl Feeney red Red Bank
Dominique Filoni                  Avenue Long Branch
Scott Giordano Whispers Spring Lake
Nicholas Harary                  Restaurant Nicholas Red Bank
Matthew Higgins                  La Cipollina Ristorante Freehold
Taka Hirai                  Taka  Asbury Park
Paul Holzheimer                  Porta  Asbury Park
Brian Imbriale                  The Wine Bar Atlantic Highlands
Bobby Johnson                  Clementine's Avon-by-the-Sea
Brian Katz                  10th Ave Burrito Co. Belmar
Michael Krikorian Copper Canyon Atlantic Highlands
Steffan Manno                  Giamano's Ristorante Bradley Beach
Ulisses Nova Metropolitan Café Freehold
John Panebianco                  Brando's Citi Cucina Asbury Park
Casey Pesce                  d'jeet? Shrewsbury
Joe Pisacreta                  Il Giardinello Ristorante Asbury Park
Alex Rogers                  The Inlet Café Highlands
Joe Romanowski                  Bay Ave Trattoria Highlands
Marilyn Schlossbach                  Langosta Lounge Asbury Park
Nicholas Wilkins                  Restaurant Nicholas Red Bank
Shuenn Yang                  Yumi  Sea Bright
Eric Yegelwel                  Nicchio Belmar
Matthew Zappoli                  Tre Amici Long Branch
Peter Angelakos                  Bacari Grill Washington Township
Gaspard Caloz                  Madeleine's Petit Paris Northvale
Steve Christianson                  St. Eve's Ho-Ho-Kus
Thomas Ciszak                  Chakra Paramus
Ronny Cohen                  White Manna Hamburgers Hackensack
Alex Daku                  Le Jardin Edgewater
Hans Egg                  The Saddle River Inn Saddle River
Matthew Gavzie                  MK Valencia Ridgefield Park
George Georgiades                  Varka Estiatorio Ramsey
Gino Gjevukaj                  Dimora Norwood
Alex Gorant                  AXIA Taverna Tenafly
John Halligan                  The Park Steakhouse Park Ridge
Kevin Kohler                  Café Panache Ramsey
Craig Levy                  RoCCA Glen Rock
Peter Loria                  Café Matisse Rutherford
John Marsano                  The Brick House Wyckoff
Fred  Mortati A Mano Pizza Ridgewood
Christine Nunn                  Picnic, The Restaurant Fair Lawn
Carlo Orlando A Mano Pizza Ridgewood
Kevin  Portscher Village Green Restaurant Ridgewood
William Roane                  McCormick & Schmick's Hackensack
Andrew Rodriguez Ho-Ho-Kus Inn Ho-Ho-Kus
Seth Warshaw                  Etc. Steakhouse Teaneck
Adam Weiss                  Esty Street Park Ridge
Denis Whitton                  Harvest Bistro Closter
Bryan Gregg                    Jersey City
Mattias Gustafsson                  Madame Claude Cafe Jersey City
Archie Mejia Sabor Latin Bistro North Bergen
Rodney Petersen                  Amanda's Hoboken
Anthony Pino                  Bin 14 Hoboken
Adriana Politis GP's Guttenberg
Maricel Presilla                  Cucharamama Hoboken
Chris Siversen Maritime Parc Jersey City
Bill Spitz                  Bistro La Source Jersey City
Ken Trickilo                  Liberty House Jersey City
Wally Weaver                  3 Forty Grill Hoboken
Michael Chu Ming II Morristown
David Drake                  Alice's Restaurant Lake Hopatcong
Antonio Grande Il Capriccio Whippany
Natale Grande Il Capriccio Whippany
James Laird                  Restaurant Serenade Chatham
Brooks Nicklas                  Rosemary and Sage Riverdale
Jeffrey Orel                  Rod's Steak & Seafood Grille Morristown
Ralph Perrotti                  LuNello's Montville Inn Montville
Matthew Pierone                  The Gourmet Café Parsippany
David Prusin                  David Todd's City Tavern Morristown
John Schaefer                  Tabor Road Tavern Morris Plains
Manop Sutipayakul                  Origin Morristown
Kevin Takafuji                  Blue Morel Morristown
Fredy Umanzor Tim Schafer's Cuisine Morristown
J.R. Belt Stage Left New Brunswick
Andrea DiMeglio                  Luca's Ristorante North Brunswick
Brian Karluk Steakhouse 85 New Brunswick
Bruce Lefebvre                  The Frog and the Peach New Brunswick
Justin Quint                  Clydz New Brunswick
Ira Siegel                  Just  Old Bridge Township
Alex Stotler                  Due Mari New Brunswick
Joe Albergo                  Rose Mediterranean Caldwell
Mitchell Altholz                  The Manor West Orange
Zod Arifai                  Blu Montclair
Claude Browne                  Basilico Millburn
Humberto Campos Jr.                  Restaurant Lorena's Maplewood
Michael Carrino                  Pig & Prince Montclair
Ryan Depersio                  Fascino Montclair
Ariane Duarte                  CulinAriane Montclair
Tre Ghoshal                  Adara Montclair
Alexandre Gomes                  Mompou Tapas Newark
Lance Knowling                  Indigo Kitchen Montclair
Francesco Palmieri                  The Orange Squirrel Bloomfield
Juan Andres Placencia                 Costanera Restaurant Montclair
Anthony Pucciarello                  Cielo Fairfield
Dan Richer                  Arturo's Osteria & Pizzeria Maplewood
Adam Rose                  Nico Kitchen and Bar Newark
Louis Seger                  Lu Nello Cedar Grove
Charles Tutino                  Verjus Restaurant Maplewood
Heinrich K. Aichem                  Black Forest Inn Stanhope
Andre de Waal                  Andre's  Newton
Michael Weisshaupt                  Restaurant Latour Hamburg
Jose Aviles   Paterson
Carlo Carbonaro Bottagra Hawthorne
Jose Velez                  Toscania Trattoria Little Falls
Kristopher Greene Atlantic Bar & Grill Seaside Park
Mike Jurusz                  709 Point Pleasant
Artie Keenan                  Bay Head Yacht Club  Bay Head
Christopher Albrecht                  Eno Terra Kingston
Tim Amoroso                  Witherspoon Grill Princeton
Scott Anderson                  elements Princeton
Frank Caponi                  Medittera Princeton
Chris Graciano                  Witherspoon Grill Princeton
Mario Mangone                  Chambers Walk Café & Catering Lawrenceville
Will Mooney                  The Brothers Moon Hopewell
Manuel Perez                  The Peacock Inn Princeton
Salvatore Scarlata Vidalia Lawrenceville
Craig Shelton                  Aeon Hospitality Holdings, LLC Princeton
Bobby Trigg                  The Ferry House Princeton
Edgar Urias                  Blue Point Grill Princeton
Jim Weaver                  Tre Piani Princeton
Justin Braun   Rocky Hill
Bill Dorrler                  Osteria Morini Bernardsville
Mark Farro                  Uproot Restaurant Warren
David Felton                  Ninety Acres Peapack
Corey Heyer                  The Bernard's Inn Bernardsville
Melissa Hill                  twofiftytwo Bedminster
Scott Howlett                  Sublime Peapack
Kevin Knevals                  Osteria Morini Bernardsville
Allan Russo                  Sette Bernardsville
Filippo Russo                  Da Filippo's Ristorante Somerville
John Tocci Water & Wine Watchung
Kara Decker                  A Toute Heure Cranford
Andrew DiCataldo                  Patria Rahway
Bill Hendra                  Huntley Taverne Summit
Bruce Johnson                  Roots Steakhouse Summit
Joseph Mastrella                  Luciano's Ristorante Rahway
C.J. Reycraft Jr.                  Chez Catherine Westfield
Frank Rizzo                  The Italian Pantry Bistro Cranford
Ed Stone                  Baltusrol Golf Club Springfield 
Peter Turso                  Ursino Union
George Vastardis Limani Seafood Grill Westfield
Carl  Messick Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant Cape May
Anthony Micari The Ebbitt Room Cape May
Claude Pottier Claude's Restaurant North Wildwood

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So where is Peter Loria of Cafe Matisse Rutherford New Jersey????????

Posted by: Peter Catania, Moonachie | Mar 20, 2013 12:15:36 PM |

ETC Steakhouse makes it on!!!

Best dinner I’ve ever had. Just superb...a masterpiece. Seth Warshaw on this list is no surprise at all.

Posted by: Barak, West Orange | Apr 08, 2013 16:27:44 PM |

Who wrote this list?

I am curious who wrote this book. To list some of these top chefs against some of the others is an insult. I mean seriously, the chefs from Eno Terra, and Clydz compared to the chef of mediocre at BEST shore restaurants? Disappointing to say the least. Those chefs mentioned could make a name in top food centric cities across America.

Posted by: Kimberly Crawford, Brick (formerly, live in San Francisco) | Apr 10, 2013 15:26:32 PM |

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