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Anastacia Song

Biography

Anastacia H.C. Song is the Executive Chef of American Cut NYC. She is a native New Yorker who spent several years in London and some time in Sicily, who began her career in the hospitality industry after attending medical school and realizing her heart was in the kitchen and not on an operating table. She began her journey working her way up at Commerce with Chef Harold Moore to which she credits the foundations of her skillset. From there, she has led the opening chef teams of Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse and Porta and has... READ MORE

Anastacia H.C. Song is the Executive Chef of American Cut NYC. She is a native New Yorker who spent several years in London and some time in Sicily, who began her career in the hospitality industry after attending medical school and realizing her heart was in the kitchen and not on an operating table. She began her journey working her way up at Commerce with Chef Harold Moore to which she credits the foundations of her skillset. From there, she has led the opening chef teams of Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse and Porta and has overseen kitchen operations for Martha, Brooklyn and Steak Frites, NYC. She boasts a strong ability to lead and manage teams and acknowledges the necessity of continuing education as a chef.

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What is your favorite NYC restaurant? And what is your go-to dish? My favorite NYC restaurant is currently Atoboy. The team there does such an amazing job walking that line between contemporary and traditional Korean cuisine and my last meal was emotional. It did what I aspire to do as a chef, and that's to leave an emotional mark - to tell a story. What is your ultimate meal? My ultimate meal is silly, in a way. A fresh baguette, some really stellar cheese and a selection of perfectly ripe fruit. That or a killer cheeseburger and super crispy fries. What three things are always in your pantry? I always have canned tuna, gochujang (korean red chili paste) and soy sauce. If you weren't a chef, what would you be? I would be a cardiac surgeon. If you could cook with anyone, who would that be? If I could cook with anyone, it would probably be my dad. He passed away a long time ago, but he is the reason I cook now. I learned spaghetti sauce from him and a small tradition of just his and mine was to cook Thanksgiving dinner together. There's no professional chef that could ever hold a candle to cooking next to my father, if I had the opportunity. What’s your favorite NYCWFF memory? This will be my first year attending and I am BEYOND excited!