In the notoriously competitive restaurant world, a chef must be
innovative, energetic, and fresh in order to stand out. No one does this
better than Chef
his passion for cooking as a child, when his big Irish-Italian family
would crowd into the kitchen to prepare their meals together. He went on
to study the French method at The Restaurant School in Philadelphia,
then worked under world-renowned Chef Jean Marie LaCroix at The Four
Seasons Hotel Philadelphia. From there, Chef
partnered in opening
Kristophers, a BYOB restaurant whose unassuming style and inventive
dishes met with widespread critical acclaim.
But it was his innate flair for adventure that propelled Chef
the forefront of the celebrated gastropub movement. Duffy was
among the first chefs in America to elevate modest pub food to epicurean
status when he reinvented and revitalized classic Irish pub fare as
Corporate Executive Chef of Kildare's Irish Pub. Calling his cuisine New
eclectic twists on traditional favorites that would stimulate the palate
while appealing to the soul. As he explains it, "I get bored quickly, so
I am constantly coming up with something new and cool with food. People
want to be WOWED when they go out to eat, and I've got to be ready for
Wowed they were. Chef
Celtic menu at Kildare's brought record sales to the wildly popular
Philadelphia-based chain. But even as he enjoyed this success, the
ever-energetic chef was already looking toward his next adventure.
Following his tenure at Kildare's, Chef
forces with Seafood America as a consultant and Executive Chef, where he
developed Tapas Tonite. With the signature line of frozen retail
bold yet healthy dishes that introduced home cooks to a more exciting
way of cooking and eating. His creations are available in grocery stores
While balancing his accomplished culinary career, Chef
also carved out a second profession as a sought-after television
personality. Making his debut on Food Network's "Date Plate," Duffy went
on to appear on DIY Network, HGTV, NBC, Spike TV, and Fine Living
been featured annually on "The Today Show" since 2006 for the St.
Patrick's Day Irish cook-off, and -- honoring his Philadelphia roots --
makes monthly appearances on NBC Philadelphia's "The 10! Show." In
addition to his prolific TV career, the famously dynamic chef is also
the Culinary Spokesperson both for the GE Profile Series and for
Residence Inn by Marriott.
privately as a full-time consultant, helping restaurants to stand out
and be profitable in a crowded market. He (and his motorcycle) can be
seen on Spike TV's "Bar Rescue," where as Chef Expert he tours the
country, reforming failing businesses with his down to earth yet
no-nonsense approach and "tell it like it is" style. But despite his
massive success, Chef
just as excited about cooking today as he was when he first started out.
"I remember the first time I put my chefs jacket on, he says. That was
it for me. I was hooked for life."