Sophie Daniels

Chef Profiles

The Clarke Culinary Center is honored to host so many fine chefs from throughout the region. Our chefs are all about trying new recipes, finding fresh, local ingredients and pairing great dishes with wonderful wines and desserts. The Clarke Culinary Center's renowned chefs will inspire you to try new things, entertain you with their tips and techniques and give you the confidence to enjoy cooking in a whole new way. Learn about our wonderful chefs by clicking on their biographies below.

Prasad Chirnomula

Prasad Chirnomula

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Chef/Owner
Thali and Oaxaca Kitchenr
Various Locations in Connecticut

Known as "the most exciting Indian chef in the United States," Chef Prasad owns Oaxaca Kitchen (his newest take on Mexican) and numerous Thali restaurants. As his fans will attest, Chef Prasad Chirnomula‘s attention to service and ambiance is equally as impressive as his attention to food, which is heralded as exceptional and flavorful. You will find an evening with him technically spectacular and as entertaining as a show.

Rui Correia

Rui Correia

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Chef/Owner
DOURO Restaurant & Bar
Greenwich, CT

After working at some of the best kitchens in New York City; Gotham Bar & Grill with Alfred Portale, Mesa Grill with Bobby Flay, Gramercy Tavern with Tom Colicchio and Union Square Cafe with acclaimed restauranteur Danny Meyer and Chef Michael Romano, Chef Rui Correia opened DOURO Restaurant in Greenwich, Connecticut featuring his native Portuguese cuisine.

Sophie Daniels

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Good Taste Affairs
Boston, MA

Chef Sophie Daniels has a simple passion: the marriage between superb wine and healthy, fresh cuisine. After almost a decade in the Boston restaurant industry, Chef Sophie combined this wine savvy and a family tradition of culinary acumen to create Good Taste Affairs, which provides its customers with tailor-made food and wine experiences, including intimate dinners, holiday or special occasion parties, private chef services, wine education and tasting events.

Kevin Dundon

Kevin Dundon

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Dunbrody Country House, Dublin Raglan Road Irish Gastropub, Orlando

Kevin Dundon is the one-stop shop for Irish cooking. He's the chef and proprietor of the four-star Dunbrody Country House Hotel & Restaurant, Cookery School and Spa. He is considered Ireland's top celebrity chef and the signature chef for Raglan Road Irish Gastropub in Downtown Disney in Orlando, Florida. He is renowned for his role in bringing Irish gourmet cuisine to the world and an authority member of Ireland's natinoal tourism board, Fáilte Ireland.

Jean-Louis Gerin

Jean-Louis Gerin

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Chef/Owner
Restaurant Jean-Louis
Greenwich, CT

Chef Gerin is the owner of restaurant JEAN-LOUIS which was voted one of the 10 most romantic restaurant in America.

Andy Husbands

Andy Husbands

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Chef/Owner
647 Tremont
Boston, MA

As chef/owner at 647 Tremont, Andy has showcased bold flavors in his adventurous American cuisine. His participation in "Hell's Kitchen" on Fox TV, prominence as a cookbook author ("The Fearless Chef"), and stellar performances in the James Beard Award's Best Chef category have all place him on the national culinary.

Fritz Knipschildt

Fritz Knipschildt

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Master Chocolatier and Founder
Knipschildt Chocolatier and Chocopologie Café
South Norwalk, CT and Dubai

Fritz Knipschildt a native of Denmark moved to the USA in 1996 and founded Knipschildt Chocolatier LLC in 1999 and opened café Chocopologie in South Norwalk in 2005.

John Lawrence

John Lawrence

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Chef/Owner
Pepper's Fine Foods Catering
Northborough, MA

Chef John Lawrence and his wife, Susan, have owned and operated Pepper's Fine Foods Catering for 23 years. The centerpiece of every Pepper's event is always the freshest, locally sourced, and innovative cuisine.

Renita Mendonca

Renita Mendonca

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Global Hotel Chef

Chef Renita Mendoca is featured on this season of "Chopped" on The Food Network. Chef Rens brings with her a cooking technique and exuberance reflecting influences that she has assimilated beginning in her native India.

Michel Nischan

Michel Nischan

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Chef/Owner
Dressing Room
Westport

Chef Michel Nischan is an award-winning chef, including two James Beard awards, a leader in the sustainable food movement, and president and co-founder of Wholesome Wave — a nonprofit organization that creates nationwide programs that support small- and mid-sized local farmers and make fresh, healthy, locally grown foods available to all people, regardless of income.

Rodney Poles

Rodney Poles

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Culinary Instructor
Exeter Academy

Currently the Culinary Instructor at Exeter Academy, Rodney Poles has had an interesting career in culinary education, restaurant management, and food preparation and has successfully partnered with some of the top companies in the food service industry.

Michael Schlow

Michael Schlow

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Executive Chef/Owner
Radius, Via Matta, Alta Strada
Boston and Wellesley, MA

Michael Schlow is recognized as one of the leading chefs in the United States with his first Boston restaurant, Radius, being named one of the top "25 Best American Restaurants" by Gourmet. He has won a James Beard Award of Excellence for "Best Chef in the Northeast," and now owns three of the finest dining venues in the U.S. From seafood to Italian to "great recipes for everyday life," Chef Michael Schlow has a huge amount of knowledge to share.

Pietro Scotti

Pietro Scotti

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Chef/Owner
Da Pietro's
Westport, CT

A fine artist in the kitchen, Chef Pietro Scotti has turned out culinary masterpieces at his acclaimed Westport restaurant, Da Pietro's, for close to 25 years.

Matthew Storch

Matthew Storch

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Executive Chef and Co-Owner
Match
South Norwalk, CT

Matt Storch is Executive Chef and co-owner of Match where he creates the menu which has garnered "Best Overall Restaurant in Fairfield County" recognition from 2002 thru 2011.

Matthew Storch

Robert Sisca

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Executive Chef Partner

Bistro du Midi

Boston, MA

A graduate of Johnson & Wales, Robert Sisca has worked within some of the world's most renowned restaurants and has quickly garnered attention as executive chef at Bistro du Midi in Boston's historic Back Bay. His culinary background includes stints at One if By Land, Two if By Sea and famed Le Bernardin under the tutelage of Chef Eric Ripert.

Ming Tsai

Ming Tsai

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Chef/Owner
Blue Ginger
Wellesley, MA

Ming's love of cooking was forged in his early years. Ming was raised in Dayton, Ohio where he spent hours cooking alongside his mother and father at Mandarin Kitchen, the family-owned restaurant. His experience also taught him about restaurant operations and the art of making customers happy.

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Tracie Turinese

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Cake Artist/Co-Owner
The Cake Bar
Franklin, MA

Cake Artist Tracie Turinese specializes in creating beautiful and unique sugar creations, which extend far beyond traditional sugar and cake decorating. Her recipes and designs are showcased in her popular downtown Franklin bakery, The Cake Bar, which opened its doors in 2011.

Anna Wallach

Anna Wallach

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Chef/Owner
Truffles Grille & Wine Bar
Milford, MA

Anna Wallach, Chef and Owner of Truffles Grille & Wine Bar, was the only American born sibling in a large family originally from the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region of Italy. She learned the skills of growing produce and curing meats and cheese from her father. Her mother instilled in Anna a passion for using fresh, local ingredients.