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Alfred Portale

Biography

Chef Alfred Portale is a culinary creator, innovator and architect whose heart belongs to the very restaurant where his career began 23 years ago—Gotham Bar and Grill.In 1985, Portale took the reins at the young Greenwich Village restaurant.  His idea was to bring fine dining downtown, both in terms of cuisine and style.  Portale wanted to create a restaurant that emulated the standards of the 3-Star Michelin restaurants from his time in France with Jacques Maximin and Pierre Troisgros.  At Gotham, Portale developed a seasonal menu with an American sensibility:  relaxed elegance, prime product and bold flavors.Portale’s dedication to sourcing quality ingredients from small farms and specialty purveyors placed him among those chefs who are identified as the leaders of  the movement known as New American Cuisine.  This movement, now emulated across the country, marked a return to the simple pleasures of quality ingredients fused with French technique and international influence.