Born to a Hopi mother and an Italian father, Anthony Lo Pinto was immediately immersed in food. Anthony learned to respect the planet’s cycle and the spirit that food holds. After experiencing how food, and gathering around the table can create lasting memories, Chef Lo Pinto started his lifelong journey in cuisine.
Chef Lo Pinto received classical training at the Culinary Institute of America, the nation’s preeminent culinary school. After graduation, he traveled to New York City and worked for several N.Y. Times and Michelin starred chefs. After working with high quality products, he knew he wanted to develop a deeper connection to food. Chef Lo Pinto knew he needed to learn and truly understand how to grow food. Biodynamic agriculture was his answer. Chef Lo Pinto was one of the founding members of the NJ CSA, “Asbury Village Natural Farm.” After just one growing season he was able to see the soil change. He saw how these methods created a healthier, more bio-diverse growing system. Learning these growing methods inspired Chef Lo Pinto to focus his cooking on seasonality. His cuisine is globally inspired, but always grounded in an ethos of what is freshest and in season.
In order to create a memorable experience to his cuisine, Chef Lo Pinto embarked on a journey of wine education. He is a certified Sommelier. Chef uses his love and deep knowledge of wine to create dishes, menus and experiences for guests that evoke a sense of time and place.
Chef Lo Pinto has received multiple 3 star reviews in New Jersey media outlets, including Best New Restaurant for Restaurant Earth from New Jersey Monthly magazine. Currently, Chef Lo Pinto is the Executive Chef and Sommelier for Mercato Roman Pizzeria. At Mercato, he and his team are bringing authentic Roman style “ Pinsa” to Tappan, New York and surrounding communities.
Anthony remains an avid biodynamic gardener, mushroom forager, wine lover and music fan. He is married to his wife Jeanette and resides in the Hudson Valley in New York State with his children Isabella and Alexander.
Visit www.cheflopinto.com to read more about Anthony's incredible story and celebration of food and wine.
Chef Tim Schafer is a self-described Chef-Caterer-Beer & Food Writer-Original Hopzalts Creator-Philanthropist-Entrepreneur and Lover of Life! Tim tells us that he's worn his Chef Metal custom Stainless Steel wristband everyday since the day he got it. As the owner of Brew Chef Culinary Concepts based in Charlotte, NC, Chef Tim is truly a Chef to the Stars whose clients include actors, singers, artists and NASCAR heroes! In his free time he can be found writing features for Ale Street News, creating unique hop infused salts (which he markets and sells under the name Hopzalts) or relaxing on Lake Norman. Tim states, "all the boat Captains on the lake just love my Chefs Metal kitchen coordinates wristband because its sharp, meaningful and doesn't corrode like other jewelry can." Hmmm...maybe a nautical line is in our future! Regardless, we want to thank Chef Tim Schafer for being a loyal friend to Chefs Metal and for wearing the Kitchen Coordinates Wristband with pride! Check out the Brew Chefs Hopzalts at www.brewchefhopzalts.com .
A graduate of the acclaimed Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, Chef Mike Carrino embarked on what is now his quarter century journey starting as a dishwasher/porter, honing his craft in every corner of the kitchen, working towards his goal of becoming an Executive Chef and owner. Chef Carrino worked vigilantly through hotel kitchens in New Jersey, New York City and Virginia expanding his knowledge in cooking, baking, patisserie and butchery. Creator, Chef and owner of Pig & Prince Restaurant and the renowned French restaurant, Passionné, Chef Carrino is considered by many to be a pillar and a staple of the NJ restaurant and hospitality industry. On a remarkable ten separate occasions, Chef Carrino was invited to the prestigious James Beard House in New York City to present his views and philosophies through food. Chef Carrino supports local food, education and civic organizations including the NJ Foodshed Alliance, which named him their 2019 Volunteer or the year, where he assisted in raising over one million dollars over the past ten years for land and farm rescue.
Chef Carrino's rockstar status is no joke and being the star that he is, he has made frequent guest appearances on NBC’s Today Show, Good Day New York, CBS 2 Saturday Morning, PIX 11, ABC Morning Show, Today in New York, LX New York, News 12 New Jersey and has been featured in The New York Times, Bon Appétit, New Jersey Monthly, The Star-Ledger, Inside NJ Magazine (NJ’s Best Chefs 2013), Edible New Jersey (Local Hero “Chef” 2015), Wall Street Journal, New York Post and Zagat Dinning Guide and more. He was also crowned the winner of Food Network’s inaugural season
cooking competition “Chopped”.
We're proud to say that Chef Carrino has been wearing our Kitchen Coordinates wristband for nearly two years now and if we may say so...his wristband is as sharp as he is!
To see what Chef Mike is up to with his latest endeavor, check out his new classic pasta and sandwich shoppe located in Nutley, NJ and can be found at...
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