Gabrielle Hamilton (chef)

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Gabrielle Hamilton is an American chef and author. She is the chef/owner of Prune, a restaurant in New York City, and the author of Blood, Bones, and Butter, a memoir.

Early life and education[edit]

Hamilton, born in 1966, was raised in New Hope, PA. In an interview with NPR, Hamilton said her way of eating and cooking was heavily influenced by her French mother. She said her mother didn't waste food and the family often foraged for fresh ingredients from their garden and from the forests and fields surrounding their house.[1] Hamilton received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan.[2]


Following a career in catering, Hamilton opened the restaurant, Prune, in the East Village in 1999.[3] She had no formal experience in restaurants, nor did she attend culinary school.[4] Her 30-seat restaurant garnered widespread acclaim and admiration from diners, critics and other chefs including Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert.[5][6][7] Prune earned a spot in the Bib Gourmand section of the Michelin's 2014 New York guide.[8] Hamilton was featured in the fourth season of the PBS show The Mind of a Chef.[9] She also appeared as a guest judge on the first season of The Taste on ABC.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Hamilton was married for 10 years to Dr. Michele Fuortes, an Italian-born teacher and researcher at Weill Cornell Medical College. They are now divorced and have two children, Marco and Leone.[11][12] Hamilton is currently married to Ashley Merriman, who is her co-chef at Prune.[13]



  • Hamilton, Gabrielle (2011). Blood, bones, & butter : the inadvertent education of a reluctant chef. New York: Random House.
  • Hamilton, Gabrielle. Prune. New York: Random House, 2014. ISBN 978-0-812-99410-0 OCLC 883329595

Essays, reporting and other contributions[edit]

  • Hamilton, Gabrielle (November 4, 2013). "Family meal". Take Out. The New Yorker. 89 (35): 71.

Critical studies and reviews of Hamilton's work[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

Hamilton received the James Beard award for best chef in New York City in 2011 and again in 2012 for her chef memoir, as well as winning Outstanding Chef in 2018. She also earned a James Beard award for journalism in 2015 for a piece she penned for the travel magazine Afar; entitled "Into the Vines," the article documents the wines and winemakers of Sicily, Italy.[16]


  1. ^ "The 'Blood, Bones & Butter' Of Restaurant Work". Retrieved 2016-02-02.
  2. ^ Kahn, Howie (1 March 2011). "If Cooks Could Kill". Elle. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  3. ^ "GH Bio | Prune Restaurant". Retrieved 2016-02-02.
  4. ^ "An Interview with Chef Gabrielle Hamilton |". Epicurious. Retrieved 2016-02-02.
  5. ^ "New York City Travel Guide - Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations -". Travel Channel. Retrieved 2016-02-02.
  6. ^ Beggs, Alex. "Literary and Culinary Sensation Gabrielle Hamilton Gets Real in *The Mind of a Chef*". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2016-02-02.
  7. ^ Bruni, Frank (2005-04-06). "No Pretense. Well, Hardly Any". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-02-02.
  8. ^ Eats, Serious. "Michelin's 2014 New York Guide is Here". Retrieved 2016-02-02.
  9. ^ "Watch Full Episodes Online of The Mind of a Chef on PBS | Season 4 Episode 1: Prune". PBS. Retrieved 2016-02-02.
  10. ^ "Watch The Taste Season 1 Full Episodes -". ABC. Retrieved 2016-02-02.
  11. ^ Gordinier, Jeff (2011-03-01). "The Chef Gabrielle Hamilton's Life, Scars and All". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-02-02.
  12. ^ "Anatomy of Gabrielle Hamilton's Loveless Marriage". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-02-02.
  13. ^ Hamilton, Gabrielle (2016-11-22). "Feast in New York City". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-03-17.
  14. ^ Kakutani, Michiko (24 February 2011). "Remembrance of Flavors Past". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  15. ^ Andriani, Lynn (27 September 2010). "Bourdain and Batali Drool Over Gabrielle Hamilton's Memoir". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  16. ^ "James Beard Foundation". Retrieved 2016-02-02.

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