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Amanda Freitag

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Celebrity Chef & TV Personality, Judge on "Chopped," Competitor on "Iron Chef" and "Next Iron Chef" & Contributor on "Unique Eats"

Celebrity Chef & TV Personality, Judge on "Chopped," Competitor on "Iron Chef" and "Next Iron Chef" & Contributor on "Unique Eats"

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Amanda Freitag Biography

Amanda Freitag is a judge on "Chopped," has battled Bobby Flay on "Iron Chef America," and she competed for the title of "America's Next Iron Chef."

When she was growing up in New Jersey, Freitag's passion for food was fostered by everyone from her grandparents to her high school home economics teacher. They encouraged her to pursue a cooking career and to enroll at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. After she graduated from culinary school, Freitag's first position in a New York City kitchen was as rotissier and garde manger at Vong under the guidance of Jean-Georges Vongerichten. It was there that she was introduced to marrying French technique with Southeast Asian ingredients and flavors.

In 1994, Freitag began working with Chef Diane Forley at Verbena, where she rose quickly through the ranks to become the restaurant's chef de cuisine. Forley taught Freitag the importance of using local, organic ingredients and introduced her to the Union Square Greenmarket. During her time at Verbena, Freitag realized how much she had yet to learn about the culinary world, and in 1999 she traveled extensively through France and Italy to explore the bountiful markets and progressive restaurant scenes.

While in Paris, she spent two weeks working under Chef Alain Passard at his venerable Arpège restaurant. While her time there was short, the lessons she learned were life-changing. At Arpège, Passard insisted on the freshest ingredients, so there was nothing left in the walk-in refrigerators at the end of service besides butter. This eye-opening experience helped Freitag to further develop her deep appreciation of superlative ingredients and the flavors of the Mediterranean region.

Upon returning to New York, Freitag worked at some of the city's most-popular restaurants, including Cesca, where she cooked alongside Tom Valenti as his chef de cuisine and earned two stars from The New York Times. Following Cesca, Freitag accepted the position of executive chef at Gusto in the West Village, where her food was met with critical acclaim.

In January 2008, Freitag took over as the executive chef at The Harrison in Tribeca. Over the three years that she helmed the kitchen, The Harrison received numerous accolades from local and national media, including a two-star review from The New York Times.

Freitag's first cookbook, "The Chef Next Door: A Pro Chef's Recipes for Fun, Fearless Home Cooking," was released in September 2015. When she is not in the kitchen, Freitag enjoys traveling the world and collecting restaurant menus to add to her ever-growing collection.

Amanda Freitag Videos

  • How To Make Honey-Glazed Pork Tenderloin | Amanda Freitag ...
    Watch "Chopped" judge and chef Amanda Freitag show how easy it is to make a roast pork tenderloin with a honey glaze.
  • Amanda Freitag's Mango Hack! - Pickler & Ben - YouTube
    Chef Amanda Freitag shares a spectacular mango hack that will inspire you to use this sweet tropical fruit in more of your meals! Pickler & Ben ...
  • Kitchen Hacks: Amanda Freitag Shucks Corn the Easy Way ...
    Chef Amanda Freitag shows her kitchen hack to easily shuck corn! More Kitchen Hacks http://bit.ly/KitchenHacksYouTubeAmanda ...

Amanda Freitag Books

  • The Chef Next Door: A Pro Chef's Recipes for Fun, Fearless Home Cooking
    The Chef Next Door: A Pro Chef's Recipes for Fun, Fearless Home Cooking

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Amanda Freitag is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Amanda Freitag for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Amanda Freitag generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Art Smith, Stephanie Izard, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marcus Samuelsson and Carla Hall. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Amanda Freitag for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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