After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in 1982, he continued to learn under Chef Jean-Jacques Rachou in New York before moving to Italy where he developed his own unique cooking style that he uses to this day. Upon returning to the US, Todd became the Executive Chef at the award-winning Northern Italian restaurant Michela’s in Cambridge, MA.
In 1989, Todd ventured out and opened up his very own restaurant, Olives, in Charlestown, MA which quickly gained a reputation as one of Boston’s best new restaurants, winning numerous awards and being voted #1 in a local Zagat survey. Since opening Olives, Todd went on to open numerous other restaurants all over the country. In the ensuing years, he opened Figs, Tuscany, blueZoo, and most recently Todd’s. He has even opened several Todd English Food Hall locations all over the world.
Ever since his Olives was named Best New Restaurant by Boston Magazine, Todd English has been consistently recognized by the food industry as one of the world’s finest chefs. He was named National Rising Star Chef by the James Beard Foundation in 1991 and eventually named the Best Chef in the Northeast in 1994. He was later awarded Bon Appetit’s Restaurateur of the Year in 2001. Even Todd’s television work has been recognized by his peers when his PBS series won two James Beard Awards and received an Emmy nomination.
MEDIA & EVENTS
Beyond his successful restaurant career, Todd English has also made a name for himself as a television host and producer. He launched his own series on PBS in 2007 titled Food Trip with Todd English. He has also made guest appearances on shows such as Good Morning America, Today, Martha Stewart Living and even Top Chef. Todd also has several critically acclaimed cookbooks to his name and has been a host at many high-profile events including the Super Bowl, Tony Awards and even the Sundance Film Festival.