Avellino-Leland

Leland Avellino

Biography

Leland Avellino is Founder/Pitmaster John Stage’s right hand man, helping with menu creation, staff training and culinary supervision across Dinosaur’s eight locations. Leland has over 20 years of experience cooking and has an undeniable love for low and slow barbecue. In order to truly develop an authentic menu, he traveled the country to learn about different barbecue styles, eventually crossing paths with Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Today, keeping Dino Harlem as his home base, Leland continues to blends smoke, spice and sauce to deliver some of the country’s best barbecue.

Leland Avellino is Founder/Pitmaster John Stage’s right hand man, helping with menu creation, staff training and culinary supervision across Dinosaur’s eight locations. Leland has over 20 years of experience cooking and has an undeniable love for low and slow barbecue. In order to truly develop an authentic menu, he traveled the country to learn about different barbecue styles, eventually crossing paths with Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Today, keeping Dino Harlem as his home base, Leland continues to blends smoke, spice and sauce to deliver some of the country’s best barbecue.

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What is your favorite NYC restaurant? And what is your go-to dish? Jean-Georges (tasting menu, it’s all wonderful)

What is your ultimate meal? Pork Vindaloo and passion fruit sangria at Spice Market (with my mom, one more time)

What three things are always in your pantry? -Butter -Salt -White Pepper

If you weren't a chef, what would you be? A lawyer

If you could cook with anyone, who would that be? My Grandma, I’d love to show her some of the tricks I’ve learned over the years since learning from her.