Amanda Freitag is one of New York City’s most celebrated chefs. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, she has worked under Jean-Georges Vongerichten at Vong, Diane Forley at Verbena, Alain Passard at Paris’s famed restaurant Arpege, and Tom Valenti at ’Cesca. She worked as executive chef at Gusto and The Harrison before opening her first restaurant, Empire Diner, in 2013. Amanda has battled Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America, has a recurring role as a judge on the Food Network series Chopped, and stars with Ty Pennington on Food Network’s American Diner Revival. She lives in New York City.
MFOB FEATURED BOOK: The Chef Next Door: A Pro Chef’s Recipes for Fun, Fearless Home Cooking
A master at knocking out fabulous meals in her restaurant kitchen and on the set at Food Network, Amanda was intimidated to cook in her tiny apartment kitchen, a fear of many home cooks. She has now created 100 restaurant-quality recipes that shine in the home kitchen—and teaches you how to think (and cook) like a chef.
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