This is a listing of our guest chefs over the last few years. We are always looking for chefs who are willing to share their cuisine with us and enjoy an evening with a group of talented men who want to learn more. These chefs have become friends and mentors and they universally enjoy the time they spend with Les Marmitons.
Chef Jason Ramos - Jason Ramos began his culinary career at 19, in his hometown of Clinton. After working as a prep cook in a local pub, he enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America and commuted home each weekend to work under chef Stanley Novak of the Harvest Moon Inn in Ringoes. Ramos completed his externship at the Park Avenue Café in Manhattan under chefs Neil Murphy and David Burke. After graduating he spent three years as sous chef of the Harvest Moon. He later served as chef de cuisine of Stage Left in New Brunswick under executive chef Anthony Bucco and helped open its sister restaurant, Catherine Lombardi. Ramos, as sous chef, then helped chef/owner Andrew Lattanzio open Artisan Kitchen in Lebanon. Ramos later spent three years as executive sous chef of the Pluckemin Inn in Bedminster under Michelin-starred chef Juan Jose Cuevas. Ramos left the Pluckemin to be chef de cuisine of the Bernards Inn and then opening executive chef of the Dog & Cask Gastropub in Rochelle Park before returning to the Pluckemin to reunite with Lattanzio, who had become executive chef after Cuevas departed. He joined the Peacock Inn in Princeton in October 2015.
Chef Anthony Bucco - Chef Bucco is now the Executive Chef at Latour at the Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg, NJ. In 2012, Anthony was instrumental in reopening the storied Ryland Inn, garnering the first four star review New Jersey Monthly had given in a nearly a decade, with Eric Levin noting Bucco was “a gifted chef whose time has come.” Among other accolades, Bucco has received The New York Times’ highest rating (Excellent), AAA’s coveted Four Diamond Award, and four stars from The Star- Ledger for his work at each of the following restaurants: Stage Left, Uproot and the Ryland Inn. Under Chef Bucco’s guidance, Restaurant Latour remains one of NJ Monthly’s Top 25 Best Restaurants in New Jersey and one of Wine Enthusiast’s America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants in 2015. - See more at: Click Here to Visit Latour. He graduated from the NY Restaurant School and has built a reputation for creating inventive American cuisine.
Chef Bryan Gregg is owner/chef at Escape in Montclair, NJ. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts where he found the initial building blocks to harness his passion for the kitchen and turned it into a finely honed craft. While attending school he earned the opportunity to intern and work at some of the most prestigious and highly regarded restaurants in the city of Pittsburgh, among which were the famed Steelhead Grill at the Marriott and The Big Burrito Group. After school, Chef Gregg traveled east to the Tri-State Area where he sought to sharpen his already vast kitchen repertoire in the culinary mecca of the Northeast, New York City. For the next twelve years his ventures would lead him to dive back and forth between kitchens and farms with some of the most highly regarded restaurants and chefs in the New York and New Jersey areas. To this he discovered and developed his focus for farm to fork methods, cooking techniques, and the associated ideology to which his passion truly lies. During this time period, Chef Gregg also had the chance to “stage” overseas at multiple Michelin-starred restaurants in both France and England. This experience only served to further his intrigue for what beautiful bounties can come from the country side. These experiences also lead him to solidify his commitment to the farm to fork mindset and his feelings towards head to tail cooking while still maintaining respect for the food he was given to work with. In the most recent years, he became the Executive Chef at the newly renovated Ho-Ho-Kus Inn. There his ever changing farm to fork menu and style had become one of the most talked about restaurants in Bergen County and throughout Northern New Jersey. At Michael Anthony’s on the water front in Jersey City, New Jersey, Chef Gregg’s extreme eye for detail along with his “untraditional cooking techniques” set a dominant tone for the Newport Waterfront and brought him national recognition from the 2013 Best Chefs America. At Escape, Chef Gregg’s new journey will culminate in the opening of multiple gastro locations in and around New Jersey in the coming years. With Zone 7 as his back bone for local goods and his true to form innovative style these gastro locations will focus on the areas seasonal local bounty and his desire to serve cutting edge food to the Jersey community at large. Chef Gregg has been the Featured Chef at the prestigious James Beard House. He was recently named the Best Jersey Seafood Chef at the 2015 Jersey Seafood Challenge and as a result, represented the Garden State at the 2015 Great American Seafood Cook Off in New Orleans where he won the Seafood Showdown.
Chef Claude Solliard - Chef Claude has come up through the ranks from the traditional farm setting of Switzerland to a top chef in New York City. He was the primary chef for our very successful Darren Cardinal memorial Reef Benefit Dinner in 2010 and we were thrilled to have him join us in January 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Che Claude is now happily ensconsed as Executive Chef at Chez Josephine on 42nd Street in NYC. Click Here to Visit Chez Josephine.
Chef David Drake - New Jersey's premier chef. David has been our guest twice and enjoyed himself immensely each time. He is presently Executive Chef at Rudolpg's Steakhouse in Bernardsville, NJ Click Here to Visit Rudolph's Steakhouse.
>Chef Jesse Jones - New Jersey's TOP chef. Chef Jesse won the NJ Ultimate Chef competition in March 2010. He is presently catering for special events and does not yet have a website. Chef Jesse Jones wins Ultimate Chef Competition.
Chef Dan Richer - Chef Dan has been a repeat guest with Les Marmitons and keeps coming back for more. His inventive approach to artisanal techniques has made his restaurant in Maplewood, NJ a Saturday Night Special Destination. Read about Arturo's Osteria.
Chef Maria Lynn - Maria owns and operates Restaurant Runa in Red Bank, NJ. She also runs Catering by Maria in the New York/New Jersey area and her husband has a food truck specializing in empanadas that can usually bnr found in Asbury Park. She was born in Peru and trained at the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC. She has worked at Jean George, The Bernards Inn and other 4 star restaurants. She offers a wide array of catering specialties with a Peruvian flair. Read about her at Maritas Peruvian Cooking.
Chef Victor Cabezas - Victor was an owner of the now closed restaurant MiSavi in the Ironbound section of Newark.
Chef Christine E. Nunn - Christine owned and operated the now closed Picnic - The Restaurant, in Fair Lawn, NJ
Brooklyn-born Latin chef Daisy Martinez returns to the NJ Chapter in January 2012. You can learn about some of the meals she ate on family trips to Spain and Peru on her Boriqua Blog. But to find out what she ate this week, read Martinez's New York Diet. Daisy Martinez on the Food Network.
Chef Jim Langille - Jim comes to us from the Thon-e-lea Golf Club in Brookline, MA. March 2013 was his fourth time as our guest chef.
Chef Grace Castenatto, Executive Chef at Lola's of Metuchen. Chef Grace is a graduate of Perth Amboy High School and trained at the N.Y. Culinary School. Lola's Metuchen.
Chef Carl Ruiz, owner of [Marie's Italian Specialties](http://www.mariesdeli.com/). Carl Ruiz is the youngest Cuban executive chef honored with three New York Times Stars in NYC. His culinary career has taken him around the world, cooking in Europe with Joel Robuchon to working with Eric Ripert at Le Bernadin. He has opened countless restaurants around the world and he is the "secret weapon" to many culinary stars success. He owns an amazing restaurant in Chatham, NJ with his wife, called "Marie's Italian Specialties" that has been featured on The Food Network show, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives."