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Biography

Anita Lo is a chef and cookbook author (Cooking Without Borders and SoLo, a Modern Cookbook for a Party of One which won Eater’s Cookbook of the Year and was nominated for an IACP award) based in New York City. She is best known for her work at annisa, a contemporary American fine dining establishment in the West Village which she owned and operated for 17 years which received a three star rating from the New York Times and a Michelin star among other accolades. She was the first female chef to collaborate for a... READ MORE

Anita Lo is a chef and cookbook author (Cooking Without Borders and SoLo, a Modern Cookbook for a Party of One which won Eater’s Cookbook of the Year and was nominated for an IACP award) based in New York City. She is best known for her work at annisa, a contemporary American fine dining establishment in the West Village which she owned and operated for 17 years which received a three star rating from the New York Times and a Michelin star among other accolades. She was the first female chef to collaborate for a state dinner at the white house under the Obama Administration. She has appeared on numerous television shows and films including Top Chef Masters, Iron Chef America and The Heat, currently airing on Netflix.

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What is your favorite NYC restaurant? And what is your go-to dish? That's like choosing one of your children! There are so many different types of restaurants from all different cultures here. Its impossible to choose just one. What is your ultimate meal? Same as above! But if I were pressed, I'd say sushi omakase, in Japan, by a fine master. What three things are always in your pantry? Lemons, garlic and onions among many other ingredients. If you weren't a chef, what would you be? A travel writer. If you could cook with anyone, who would that be? My partner, Mary Attea.  And here we are! What’s your favorite NYCWFF memory? Eating endless oysters at the Oyster Bash with a few of my staff members, and hanging out with my farmers Isabel and Mike Osinsky of Widow's Hole. And being led through that ridiculous swag room (best ever!)