Andrew Carmellini grew up in Seven Hills, Ohio and began cooking at the age of 14. He went to school at the CIA, and spent his weekends cooking for New York's Governor Mario Cuomo in Albany. After he graduated, he moved to Manhattan and spent some time on the line at San Domenico before moving to Italy to work for Valentino Mercatile at San Domenico in Emilio-Romagna.
Andrew returned to New York to work with Gray Kunz at Lespinasse, which earned a four-star review from The New York Times during his tenure. After heading back to Europe to cook and travel in France, Andrew became the opening sous chef at the new Le Cirque in Manhattan. In 1998, he opened Cafe Boulud as the chef de cuisine. He spent six year with Cafe Boulud, earning two James Beard Awards, a Food & Wine Best New Chef nod and a three-star review from The New York Times. Andrew also launched an Italian restaurant in Madison Square Park, where he earned his first Michelin star.
In 2009, Andrew opened Locanda Verde in Robert DeNiro's Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca. Then, he and partners Josh Pickard and Luke Ostrom opened The Dutch, a roots-inspired American restaurant in SoHo. They soon took The Dutch on the road to Miami Beach, Florida.
In October 2014, Andrew got involved at The Public Theater making sure everybody there had something nice to eat and something good to drink inside Joe's Pub and The Library at The Public.
In their most recent endeavor, Andrew, Josh and Luke just opened Lafayette in NoHo, a French grand cafe and bakery open morning, noon and night on the corner of Lafayette and Great Jones Street inside a Hardenbergh landmark building.
Andrew has also written two cookbooks with his wife, Gwen Hyman.
Andrew Carmellini's Cookbooks: