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Jeff Nathan

Jeff Nathan

With his sophisticated, flavorful, and creative recipes, Jeffrey Nathan is one of the most popular chefs in today’s market. His innovative, ethnic-influenced recipes and contemporary presentations appeal to diners young and old. Since its inception in October 1998, Nathan has been the chef-host of public television’s New Jewish Cuisine with Jeff Nathan and Friends, the only international gourmet Kosher cooking series, which is seen in four countries and translated into three languages. His cookbooks, Adventures in Jewish Cooking, and Jeff Nathan’s Family Suppers are available worldwide.

He is the executive chef of The Abigael’s Group, which includes Abigael’s, and the Green Tea Lounge. At his restaurants, and on his television show, Nathan emphasizes the flavors of modern America while observing the laws of kashruth. He is setting the new standard for Kosher Cuisine with his innovative dishes and presentations.

Nathan’s career in New York City has included the famed New Deal, where he worked and co-owned this well-known establishment for fourteen years at the SoHo and West Village locations. New Deal hosted the Annual Wild Game Festival for four months every year, and put Nathan on the map for bringing exotic meats into mainstream dining. He is the chef responsible for bringing Wild Game to the forefront of American Cuisine in the 1980s, and for bringing Kosher Cuisine to mainstream American dining for today’s modern world.

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Nathan continues to further his studies, allowing him to be accredited within the RCA - Research Chef’s Association. He is also a continuing member of these several organizations ~ IFTA – International Food Technologists Association, the IACP – International Association of Culinary Professionals, and the James Beard Association.

Chef Nathan is a Culinary Development Consultant for the Hain-Celestial Group and Royal Wines Corporation. Working directly within the research and development branch, Jeff creates many of the new products on the market shelves at such esteemed grocers as Trader Joe’s, as well as conventional grocers nationwide.

An informative and infectiously enthusiastic teacher, Nathan received a James Beard Awards nomination for his work on New Jewish Cuisine for Best National Television Cooking Series. He has cooked at the James Beard House in New York City on many occasions. He was also the recipient of the James Beard National Chili Cook-off award for Abigael’s Venison Chili. Another highlight of Chef Nathan’s career is to be the guest chef at the esteemed De Gustibus at Macy*s Cooking School , where he has taught to sell-out classes for the last several years.

His creative approach to cooking has been enthusiastically received, and Nathan has been profiled in articles in Time, Saveur, Chef’s, Art Culinaire and Food Arts. His Abigael’s acclaim has been noted in the New York Daily News, The Forward, The Jewish Press, The New York Jewish Herald, The Bergen Record, The New Jersey Jewish News, and New Jersey Star Ledger. The Boston Globe and The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and several others throughout the nation have featured articles on him. Chef Nathan has appeared on several television programs as a guest chef, including regular appearances on Live with Regis, The Joan River’s Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brian, Roseanne, NBC and ABC News, TV Food Network’s The Best Of... Holidays and won their Throwdown with Bobby Flay challenge.

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