Chefs in the News

Season 8 of Ultimate Chef Bergen County, will be held at Chef Central’s Culinary Center at 240 Rt 17 N in Paramus on January 10, January 17 and January 24.

Season 8 of Ultimate Chef Bergen County, sponsored by Whole Foods Market and presented by OXO Cookware, Scanpan and LeCreuset will be held at Chef Central’s Culinary Center at 240 Rt 17 N in Paramus on January 10, January 17 and January 24. The competition starts off on Saturday, January 10 at 11 AM, when chef Carlos Valdez of Oceanaire Seafood Restaurant in Hackensack goes up against chef Giuseppe Lentini of Grissini Restaurant in Englewood Cliffs. Round two on January 17 at 11 AM will feature chef Ralph Perrotti of St. Eve’s Restaurant in Ho-Ho-Kus against chef Aldo Diaz of Morton’s Steakhouse in Hackensack. With the retirement from the competition of reigning UCBC Champion, Adam Weiss of Due Restaurant in Ridgewood, the winners of rounds one and two will face off for the vacant crown on Saturday, January 24 at 11 AM. This event is free to the public and seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis.


Alan Heckman
is the new executive chef at Stockton Inn, 1 Main St, Stockton (609-397-1250) along with consulting chef Heath Millett. An a la carte menu or multi-course, prix-fixe Chef’s Menu is availableThursday through Monday from 5 PM. Chef Heckman attended the Culinary Institute of America and has been working in the hospitality industry for 15 years. He has worked at Canlis in Seattle WA, Craftsteak in CT under Top Chef head judge chef Tom Colicchio, Aspen Restaurant in CT and the Washington Crossing Inn, in PA. Along with traveling in the states, chef Heckman has also traveled extensively abroad and trained in Italy, Germany, Holland and Tunisia.



Chef Chris Bryan and business partner Danny Popkin have opened Liberty Hall Pizza, offering red-and-white Neapolitan wood-fired pizza, salads and desserts at 243 N Union Street, Lambertville (610-529-2929); BYO.


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