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Alfred Portale

American Chef, Author, and Restraunteur

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 Alfred Portale Biography

His towering plates are as legendary for their complex presentations as for their complex flavors.

Portale's interest in food was piqued by reading Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking; his subsequent career change from jewelry designer to world-class chef began with an education at the Culinary Institute of America, where he graduated first in his class in 1981. For three years Portale worked with some of France's most renowned chefs — Michel Guerard, the brothers Troisgros, and Jacques Maximin — during which time he continued to refine and master classical French technique. As he gained experience, a personal style evolved, and Portale became one of the founders of New American Cuisine.

Eager to share his wealth of knowledge and creativity back in New York, Portale became chef at the Gotham Bar and Grill, which was first awarded three stars by the New York Times in 1986, a feat it has since repeated.

Influenced by his mother, who learned Italian cooking from her mother and then adapted it to American ingredients, Portale borrows from several cultures to infuse his dishes with a wide range of flavors.

In 1992 Portale opened a seafood restaurant to fill the city's gap between high-end and cheap-eats seafood offerings. One Fifth Avenue became New York's seafood restaurant of choice, supplied daily by a salmon farm and by a fisherman in Maine. In his seafood dishes, Portale combines the gutsy flavors of the Mediterranean and the abundance of the Atlantic coast with the technical flourishes of France.

Whether visiting relatives in his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y., or at home with his wife and family, Portale is never far away from the kitchen. He is actively involved in charities dedicated to providing food for the needy, such as Share Our Strength and Citymeals-on-Wheels, and has participated in the American Chefs and Winemakers' Tribute to James Beard and Wolfgang Puck's Annual American Food and Wine Festival. In 1990 he was given the Ivy Award by the respected trade magazine Restaurants & Institutions.

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Alfred Portale

American Chef, Author, and Restraunteur

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Alfred Portale Biography

His towering plates are as legendary for their complex presentations as for their complex flavors.

Portale's interest in food was piqued by reading Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking; his subsequent career change from jewelry designer to world-class chef began with an education at the Culinary Institute of America, where he graduated first in his class in 1981. For three years Portale worked with some of France's most renowned chefs — Michel Guerard, the brothers Troisgros, and Jacques Maximin — during which time he continued to refine and master classical French technique. As he gained experience, a personal style evolved, and Portale became one of the founders of New American Cuisine.

Eager to share his wealth of knowledge and creativity back in New York, Portale became chef at the Gotham Bar and Grill, which was first awarded three stars by the New York Times in 1986, a feat it has since repeated.

Influenced by his mother, who learned Italian cooking from her mother and then adapted it to American ingredients, Portale borrows from several cultures to infuse his dishes with a wide range of flavors.

In 1992 Portale opened a seafood restaurant to fill the city's gap between high-end and cheap-eats seafood offerings. One Fifth Avenue became New York's seafood restaurant of choice, supplied daily by a salmon farm and by a fisherman in Maine. In his seafood dishes, Portale combines the gutsy flavors of the Mediterranean and the abundance of the Atlantic coast with the technical flourishes of France.

Whether visiting relatives in his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y., or at home with his wife and family, Portale is never far away from the kitchen. He is actively involved in charities dedicated to providing food for the needy, such as Share Our Strength and Citymeals-on-Wheels, and has participated in the American Chefs and Winemakers' Tribute to James Beard and Wolfgang Puck's Annual American Food and Wine Festival. In 1990 he was given the Ivy Award by the respected trade magazine Restaurants & Institutions.

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  • How to book Alfred Portale?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Alfred Portale for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Alfred Portale, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Alfred Portale or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Alfred Portale?

    Booking fees for Alfred Portale, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Alfred Portale, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Alfred Portale?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Alfred Portale for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Alfred Portale for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Alfred Portale or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Alfred Portale or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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