New contributor – Chef Linda Harrell
Chef Linda Harrell is chef/partner of Cibo e Beve Italian restaurant since 2011. Chef Harrell began her career in 1984 when she completed an A.C.F. Accredited Apprenticeship Program. She trained at Kingsmill Resorts (owned by Anheuser Busch Co.) and worked as the Chef de Partie in the fine dining room, then known as the Riverview Room. She trained for two years under Daniel Yves Abid, who had trained under Roger Verge, Gaston Lenotre, and Alain Ducasse at the Hotel de Paris in Monaco.
Harrell hit her stride at Les Clos de Marchands in Williamsburg, where she worked as Executive Chef for five years and was featured in Williamsburg Magazine’s “Top Ten Culinary Wizards” Issue. For the next eight years, Harrell worked as Executive Chef at Germano’s Trattoria Toscana in Baltimore, MD. She later left for Antica Posta in Atlanta, GA, where she contributed her culinary knowledge to the staff there before leaving to join 101 Concepts. Harrell has cooked at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City and was featured on ABC’s “Eat & Greet” show. Harrell was awarded the coveted “Celebrate the Chef” award from Springer Mountain Farms in which she was featured in a commercial for the all natural chicken farms. Linda also competed on the popular Food Network show “Beat Bobby Flay”.
Harrell has been featured in numerous periodicals such as Gourmet Magazine, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Magazine, Flavors, and Atlanta Magazine. She is a member of Les Dames d’ Escoffier International and actively participates in demonstrations and benefits throughout the country.
She will be contributing food and lifestyle articles to Pratesi Living.