William Todd English
August 29, 1960
|Alma mater||Culinary Institute of America|
|Occupation||Restaurateur, celebrity chef, writer|
|Spouse(s)||Olivia Disch English (divorced)|
William Todd English (born August 29, 1960) is an American celebrity chef, restaurateur, author, and television personality, based in Boston, Massachusetts. He hosted the TV cooking show, Food Trip with Todd English, on PBS. In 2005 he was a judge on the PBS show Cooking Under Fire.
His life and career received a chapter in Super Chef by Juliette Rossant who had written previously about English for the Forbes Celebrity 100 list. 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 worked under Jean-Jacques Rachou at New York's La Cote Basque, and then moved to Italy to work at several restaurants there. 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; the couple has three children. He was engaged to Erica Wang in 2009 but the wedding was called off.
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 June 2013, the Charlestown Olives closed for good.
Figs is the name of two 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:
- 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 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
- MXDC, a Mexican restaurant in downtown Washington, DC
- Todd English Food Hall and Pound by Todd English in Manila, Philippines
English has authored or co-authored four cookbooks: The Olives Table, The Figs Table, The Olives Dessert Table, with Sally Sampson, and Cooking in Everyday English, published by Simon & Schuster and Time Home Entertainment Inc..
- Rossant, Juliette (2004). Super chef: the making of the great modern restaurant empires. Free Press. pp. 89–140. ISBN 978-0743241717.
- Rossant, Juliette (March 19, 2001). "Todd English". Forbes. Retrieved May 30, 2011.
- Wharton, Rachel (October 5, 2007). "Plane chow gets an upgrade". NY Daily News. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
- Cf. Rossant (2004), p.91
- Cf. Rossant (2004), p.95
- Atkinson, Kim, "Being Todd English" Archived December 30, 2010, at the Wayback Machine, Boston magazine, May 2006
- "Great Chef Todd English", greatchefs.com
- Landman, Beth (October 11, 2009). "Inside Todd English's canceled wedding". New York Post. Archived from the original on January 31, 2013. Retrieved February 15, 2010.
- Keith, Amy Elisa (October 15, 2009). "Why Todd English Cancelled His Wedding". People Magazine. Retrieved February 15, 2010.
- Grace, Melissa, "'Top Chef' Todd English's ex-bride, Erica Wang, must take anger management classes and do community service if she wants assault charges dropped, a judge says.", The New York Daily News, January 14, 2010.
- Licata, Elizabeth (November 5, 2017). "Todd English accused of sexual harassment by waitress". Los Angeles Times.
- Traverso, Amy, "Reconsidering Todd English" Archived January 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, Boston magazine, March 2009
- Shanahan, Mark (May 29, 2010). "Olives plagued by another grease fire". The Boston Globe.
- Shanahan, Mark; Goldstein, Meredith, "Licensing Board lights the fire under celebrity chef", The Boston Globe, July 1, 2011
- Shanahan, Mark; Goldstein, Meredith, "Todd English says new and improved Olives set to reopen – officially", Boston Globe, May 9, 2012
- "Irvington Replaces Todd English's Olives NY". The Wall Street Journal. March 23, 2015.
- Seven Days Aboard the Queen Mary 2, by Dwight Garner, New York Times, February 10, 2013