Eric Gabrynowicz, chef of Restaurant North in Armonk— found his passion for food at a young age, inspired by his Italian grandfather’s delicious Sunday suppers served each week in Queens.
Exploring a possible career in the restaurant industry, Gabrynowicz began as a dishwasher at a restaurant in his hometown of Montgomery, NY at age 14.
Bit by the culinary bug, he began working at Sycamore Farms in Middletown, where owners Sue and Henry took him under their wing and introduced him to such talented New York City chefs as Dan Silverman, Michael Romano, Ken Callaghan and Floyd Cardoz. Fast forward one year, and Gabrynowicz found himself working at restaurateur Danny Meyer’s Union Square Cafe.
After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America with honors, he returned to Meyer's acclaimed restaurant group, making the rounds at Tabla, Blue Smoke, Hudson Yards, and eventually working his way up to the Sous Chef position at Union Square Cafe.
Gabrynowicz said he received two valuable things from his experiences with Meyer: valuable gastronomic knowledge—and a wife. He met and married Jenni after they worked together at Tabla.
It was after he left New York City—and after he'd made the leap to his first executive chef position in Garrison, at Tavern—that he felt ready to strike out on his own.
“After a great stint at Tavern, I left to partner up with longtime Danny Meyer alumn—and a great friend—Stephen Mancini. We opened North."