With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we’re talking to couples who live and work together in the restaurant industry to learn how they balance business with family. Gabe and Katherine Thompson are the Executive Chef and Executive Pastry Chef at Epicurean Management, which operates the New York City restaurants dell’anima, L’Artusi, and L’Apicio, along with wine wine bar Anfora and an events company. If that’s not enough to juggle, they are also parents to a son, Luke, and a daughter, Emily. Here, they share their story: love at first sight, a Per Se wedding, and how they became the yin and yang of their restaurants.
Gene Tang always knew he wanted to open a restaurant, and his wife, Paula, was along for the ride. The couple own and operate 1515 Restaurant in Denver, a fine-dining establishment that combines molecular gastronomy with classic American and European fare. Here, they tell us how they balance work and family with two daughters, six-day work weeks, and over 40 years of marriage.
Jessica Maher and Todd Duplechan are the husband-and-wife team behind Lenoir restaurant in Austin and the Metier Cook’s Supply shop next door. After working in kitchens in New York City, the couple moved to Austin determined to start a restaurant of their own. They succeeded — just around the same time Jessica gave birth to their first son. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we talked to Jessica all about their journey from cooks to restaurateurs, and from singles to married parents of two. Read on for her story.
Season One of Bravo’s Best New Restaurant premieres tonight at 10 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. CT.
OpenTable’s Jen Pelka is a recurring guest throughout the first season of the show – you’ll find her rigged up with hidden cameras as a secret diner, checking in on restaurants when they think no one is watching. Jen talked with host Tom Colicchio about how this new show is different from TopChef, what aspiring restaurateurs should think about when opening a new business, and advice for chefs who want to get into TV.