|Born||William Todd English
August 29, 1960
|Alma mater||Culinary Institute of America|
|Known for||Celebrity chef, restauranteur, author, TV show host|
|Spouse(s)||Olivia Disch English (divorced)|
William Todd English (born August 29, 1960) is a celebrity chef, restaurateur, author, entrepreneur, and television personality based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. He is best known for his restaurant, Olives, located in both Boston and Las Vegas, plus his TV cooking show, Food Trip with Todd English, on PBS. In 2005 he was a judge on the PBS show Cooking Under Fire.
Todd English also works as lead chef for Delta Air Lines (US).
Early life and career
English was born in Amarillo, Texas, grew up in Sandy Springs, Georgia and later Branford, Connecticut. He matriculated at Guilford College in North Carolina on a baseball scholarship, but quit and entered the Culinary Institute of America in 1978 and graduated in 1982.
He returned to the United States at age 25 and served as the executive chef of the Italian restaurant Michela's in Cambridge, Massachusetts for three years before opening the original Olives restaurant in 1989.
English has been married once, to Olivia Disch English, his classmate at the Culinary Institute of America, but they divorced. They have three children.
English's first restaurant, Olives, opened in the Charlestown neighborhood of Boston in April 1989. The restaurant's name is a tribute to his then-wife, Olivia. The food is "rustic Mediterranean," with a strong influence from Italian cuisine. The restaurant was named Best New Restaurant by Boston magazine, and has been honored as Best Food and Top Table by Gourmet magazine. Olives is known for two signature desserts – a molten chocolate cake and a vanilla bean soufflé – which must be ordered with the main meal. Olives has been cited by the Health Department for sanitation discrepancies and animal waste hazards.
In May 2012, the Charlestown Olives reopened.
In addition to the Boston restaurant, English holds a second Olives at the five-star Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas, and a third in New York City in Union Square which was recently renovated and under the direction of new executive chef Patrick Malone. He alternates between both Olives restaurants on a regular basis.
Figs is the name of two high-end pizzerias in the Boston area, one in the Beacon Hill neighborhood and another in Charlestown. Figs offers authentic, Neapolitan-style pizzas with very thin crusts, served on inverted sheet pans, as well as salads and pastas. Figs won the "Hot Concept" award from Nation's Restaurant News magazine.
English's other restaurants include:
- Beso, a Latino-concept restaurant in partnership with actress Eva Longoria, with venues in Los Angeles and Las Vegas
- Kingfish, a seafood Marketplace in Boston's Faneuil Hall (closed May 2012)
- Bonfire, a steakhouse in Boston and New York
- Todd English, an alternative restaurant aboard the luxury RMS Queen Mary 2 and MS Queen Victoria
- BlueZoo, a restaurant at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel in Orlando, Florida
- Da Campo Osteria, in the Il Lugano Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, featuring views of the intracoastal waterway
- Todd English P.U.B in the CityCenter resort complex in Las Vegas, and a second location in the Uptown Entertainment District in Birmingham, Alabama.
- Fig's at The Macys at the Gardens Mall, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
- Plaza Food Hall at the Plaza Hotel in New York City
- Figs at 29 Fair in Nantucket, Massachusetts
- Tuscany at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut
- Ember Room in New York City
- Ça Va at the Intercontinental Hotel in Times Square New York, NY
- "MXDC", an upscale Mexican restaurant in downtown Washington, DC
English has authored or co-authored four cookbooks: The Olives Table, The Figs Table, The Olives Dessert Table, and Cooking in Everyday English, published by Simon & Schuster and Time Home Entertainment Inc..
In December 2012, the Todd English, P.U.B. restaurant in Las Vegas was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame.
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- Seven Days Aboard the Queen Mary 2, by Dwight Garner, New York Times, February 10, 2013