After graduating top of his class from the Culinary Institute of America in 1981, Portale became the chef at Gotham Bar and Grill in 1985 and took it to new heights with his beautiful plating and insistence on high quality ingredients. Within three months Gotham received its first 3-Star New York Times review and Portale’s reputation was established. At Gotham for 26 years now, Portale has continued to transform haute cuisine, making it vibrant, modern and relaxed. Today, he has earned a Michelin star and a total of five three-star reviews from The New York Times; the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Restaurant in 2002; and the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Chef in 2006. Portale is also the creator of Gotham Steak, his interpretation of the American Steakhouse at Miami’s newly renovated Fontainebleu Resort. In October 2008, Portale opened Gotham Steak at the Fountainebleau Miami in Miami, Florida.
Portale is the author of three cookbooks in collaboration with others and alone: Gotham Bar and Grill Cookbook (1997), and Twelve Seasons Cookbook : A Month-by-Month Guide to the Best There is to Eat (2000) and Simple Pleasures : Home Cooking from the Gotham Bar and Grill’s Acclaimed Chef (2004). He has also made television appearances, most notably as a guest judge on the episode of Top Chef originally broadcast on June 27, 2007 and as a featured chef with Julia Child in her PBS series “Cooking with Master Chefs” on December 16, 1995.
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