Check out these five chefs on our rador this season...
With a résumé that checks Santucci’s, Opa and Will, Saritsoglou has been a journeyman chef all his career. That stage ended this fall with the opening of 28-seat Stina, a West Passyunk eatery named for his wife and partner, Christina Kallas- Saritsoglou, that turns out pizzas and roasted meats from the wood- burning Morello Forni oven.
Before fans around the nation got to know him from season 16 of Top Chef, Konrad has been a fixture in Philly as Nick Elmi’s right-hand man at Laurel. The Port Richmond native has been with the East Passyunk restaurant from day one, helping shape and execute the playful and cerebral tasting menus.
Back on the scene after a few years cooking in northern California, Milligan, who worked under chefs like Greg Vernick, is ready for his own thing, a “culinary shop by spring that will feature cooking classes and demos, job training, retail and pop-up dinners,” he says, in addition to working with Cooking for the Culture, a dinner series highlighting African- American chefs in the city.
If you’ve been thinking, ‘Wow, the food at American Sardine Bar has been so delicious lately,’ you’re not alone. DeMarco, exec chef of the Point Breeze bar and its sibling, Second District Brewing, is the reason. “Running two kitchens was a new challenge,” she says, but it also gave her “the opportunity to focus on creativity and developing my crews.”
After spending the past few years as Brad Spence’s chef de cuisine at Amis, up-and- comer DiTomo is opening his own place, Romeo, this year. It’s a “rustic Italian restaurant focusing on my family’s recipes and the ideals of what I picked up when I lived in Tuscany,” he says, plus small Italian producers on the wine list and soft-serve on the dessert menu.
Photography by: Bobby Saritsoglou portrait by Kory Aversa; Doreen Demarco portrait by Anthony Caroto; Elijah Milligan portrait by Alexandra Hawkins; Eddie Konrad portrait by Smallz & Raskind/Bravo Media; Drew Ditomo portrait by Alexandra Hawkins