GREENWICH, Conn. -- Albert DeAngelis, the culinary wizard of Eastend in Greenwich admits he's humbled to have been chosen as one of Greenwich Wine + Food's "Most Innovative Chefs."
The Armonk, N.Y. resident is one of 10 local cooks being highlighted at the event, to be held September 23 to 24 in Greenwich and said he works hard so that nothing's ever stale or boring.
DeAngelis gets inspiration for his creations from his younger team and from doing things in a collaborative fashion. "My grandparents and parents were great cooks," he said which is where his love for food stemmed from. "They were perfectionists when preparing meals and I adopted that philosophy too."
He also credits his influences to his huge cookbook collection and to looking at culinary trade magazines to see what the food trends are and how they can be weaved into Eastend's menu.
"I was taught in a French kitchen and am constantly learning from our Chef de Cuisines at our various restaurants," he added. (Eastend is part of Z Hospitality Group.)
As for what he'll be making come September when the Festival takes place? No specific plans yet but expect something in the spirit of Eastend meaning a New England theme with a twist.
His favorite ingredient is olive oil so that may be a hint. "I put it on everything," he said. "Even ice cream."
The Greenwich Wine + Food Festival benefits The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a nationwide organization dedicated to providing healing to children and their families coping with cancer, sickle cell anemia and other serious illnesses, as well as The Greenwich Department of Parks and Recreation.
The multi-day event is presented by Serendipity magazine, along with PepsiCo, Citi, Stamford Lincoln and other sponsors. Go to www.serendipitysocial.com/greenwich-wine-food/ for more information.