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Kreuther Joins More Than 50 Council Members, All Top Food Industry Professionals, Working To End Food Poverty in New York City
NEW YORK, NY – August 7, 2017 — One of the city’s most celebrated chefs, James Beard Award-winning and Michelin-starred Gabriel Kreuther, has joined the Culinary Council of Food Bank For New York City, the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end hunger throughout the five boroughs.
Food Bank’s Culinary Council, chaired by Mario Batali, is a group of dynamic, prestigious culinary leaders whose goal is to maximize the recognition, talent and connections of New York City’s vibrant culinary community to raise funds and awareness for Food Bank For New York City and the issue of hunger. The Culinary Council convenes more than 50 of the city’s top chefs, restaurateurs, authors and industry leaders with a shared commitment to end food poverty.
“As a Food Bank Culinary Ambassador, I look forward to creating fundraising opportunities and bringing greater awareness to the issue of hunger in communities across New York City,” said Chef Kreuther. “Hunger should not exist in one of the wealthiest countries in the world and I will work with Food Bank to help eradicate it.”
“We’re honored to welcome Chef Kreuther to our Culinary Council,” said Margarette Purvis, President and CEO of Food Bank For New York City. “Known to diners around the globe for his exquisite cuisine, he brings that same exuberance and commitment to ending hunger. Most important, he shares our passion to nourish the future through the children of New York City, ensuring that all families, in all communities throughout the five boroughs, have access to healthy meals.”
A native of Alsace, France, Kreuther was born in a region whose history has produced one of the most renowned cuisines in France. Raised on a family farm, surrounded by fresh local produce and seasonal game and first learned the art of traditional Alsatian cuisine by cooking with his mother. By age 12, he had truly discovered the kitchen. He enrolled in culinary school at the Ecole Hoteliere in Strasbourg. After working his way through Michelin-starred restaurants in Germany, France and Switzerland, Chef Kreuther arrived in New York City in 1997 where he worked as a sous chef at the much-lauded La Caravelle before becoming chef de cuisine at Jean-Georges. Since then, Chef Kreuther has been the executive chef at some of New York City’s most renowned restaurants including Atelier at the Ritz Carlton’s iconic Central Park South location.
In 2004, Kreuther joined Danny Meyer to open The Modern, where his cuisine garnered the restaurant critical acclaim and numerous accolades including “Best New Restaurant” from Esquire Magazine, one Michelin star, the title of “Top Rated Newcomer 2005” by Zagat Survey, and “Best New Restaurant” by Time Out New York. The Modern also received a glowing three-star review from The New York Times, and the 2006 James Beard Foundation Awards for “Best New Restaurant” and “Outstanding Restaurant Design.” Having been nominated in 2006, 2007, and 2008, Kreuther himself won the James Beard Foundation Award for “Best Chef: New York City” in 2009.
After nearly a decade as executive chef of The Modern, he moved on to open Gabriel Kreuther in June 2015. Gabriel Kreuther has received three stars from The New York Times and has been awarded a Michelin star two years in a row. In March 2017, the restaurant joined the distinguished list of Relais & Chateaux properties.
In November 2016, Kreuther teamed up again with Gabriel Kreuther pastry chef Marc Aumont to open Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate right next door to the restaurant.
When Kreuther isn’t in the kitchen, he is a member of the Bocuse d’Or Culinary International Counsel, and was proud to be part of the 2015 coaching team for the silver medal-winning United States team and mentor for this year’s 2017 gold world championship team.
Food Bank For New York City has been the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end hunger throughout the five boroughs for more than 30 years. Nearly one in five New Yorkers relies on Food Bank for food and other resources. Food Bank takes a strategic, multifaceted approach that provides meals and builds capacity in the neediest communities, while raising awareness and engagement among all New Yorkers. Through its network of more than 1,000 charities and schools citywide, Food Bank provides food for more than 61 million free meals for New Yorkers in need. Food Bank For New York City’s income support services, including food stamps (also known as SNAP) and free tax assistance for the working poor, put more than $110 million each year into the pockets of New Yorkers, helping them to afford food and achieve greater dignity and independence. Food Bank’s nutrition education programs and services empower more than 50,000 children, teens and adults to sustain a healthy diet on a low budget. Working toward long-term solutions to food poverty, Food Bank develops policy and conducts research to inform community and government efforts. To learn more about how you can help, please visit foodbanknyc.org. Follow us on Facebook (FoodBankNYC), Twitter (@FoodBank4NYC) and Instagram (FoodBank4NYC).