About the Speaker
Critically Acclaimed Chef/ Restaurateur & TV Personality. Author of “The Olives Table”, “The Figs Table” & “The Olives Dessert Table”
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Detailed Biography of Todd English
William Todd English is a celebrity chef, restaurateur, author, entrepreneur and public speaker. Todd began cooking as a teen, going on to graduate from the Culinary Institute of America in 1982. With his Italian heritage, he chose to apprentice in Italy, before returning to the United States at the age of 25 to become the executive chef at an Italian restaurant in Cambridge.
His signature restaurant, Olives, opened in 1989 in Boston, Massachusetts, as well as later locations such as Las Vegas, at the five-star Bellagio hotel, New York, Washington, DC, Aspen and Biloxi. First opened in 1989, the menu is "rustic” Mediterranean with Italian cuisine influences. Olives was named Best New Restaurant by Boston magazine, and was also awarded “Best Food” and “Top Table” by Gourmet magazine, consistently winning Boston’s Favorite Restaurant in the Zagat Guide.
English also owns Figs, a high-end pizzeria with two locations in Boston and one in LaGuardia Airport in New York, and a slew of other restaurants, including Beso (along with actress Eva Longoria), Bonfire, Todd English, Tuscany and Kingfish.
English’s television show, Food Trip with Todd English, debuted in 2007 and airs on PBS. He has additionally appeared on Iron Chef USA, Martha Stewart Living, Live with Regis and Kelly, The Today Show, VHI, Fox News and the popular sitcom Friends. English has endorsed a line of cookware and lifestyle products called the Todd English Collection and has also written three critically acclaimed cookbooks, The Olives Table, The Figs Table and The Olives Dessert Table.
Speaker Todd English is also dedicated to supporting several charities, including Big Brother, Community Servings, Share Our Strength and the Boys and Girls Clubs.
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