Becker Franklin

Franklin Becker

Press Club Grill

Biography

Becker fell in love with cooking as a teenager and attended the Culinary Institute of America. Since then, he’s worked in some of the nation’s most acclaimed kitchens headed by great restaurateurs including Capitale, Grand Hospitality, Starr Restaurant Group, Brasserie, and EMM Group. He served as a co-founding partner of fast-casual concept The Little Beet... READ MORE

Becker fell in love with cooking as a teenager and attended the Culinary Institute of America. Since then, he’s worked in some of the nation’s most acclaimed kitchens headed by great restaurateurs including Capitale, Grand Hospitality, Starr Restaurant Group, Brasserie, and EMM Group. He served as a co-founding partner of fast-casual concept The Little Beet and The Little Beet Table, and as Culinary Director for all Aurify brands was a founding partner of Hungryroot, providing his culinary inspiration to the vegan, gluten-free brand.

Now as chef and restaurateur, Becker opened Oliva in September 2021 – a Spanish tapas restaurant – adjacent to his other locale, Manhattanville Market, the multi-concept food hall which he introduced to the community in June 2021. He created the concepts in partnership with Columbia University and both are located within the Jerome L. Greene Science Center on the school’s West Harlem campus. Manhattanville Market houses four separate culturally diverse culinary brands including Benny Casanova’s, Shai Hummusiya, The Botanist, and Chef Chris Scott’s Butterfunk Biscuit. Previously, he operated a selection of delivery and pick-up driven ghost kitchens in both Philadelphia and NYC and has also served as the chef of New York City’s Hotel Americano and La Central, where he oversaw the hotels’ food and beverage programs. Becker’s next projects with partners Stephen Loffredo and Tora Matsuoka consist of Press Club Grill and other food and beverage concepts in the newly renovated Martinique Hotel, and Uptown Trout, a charming, casually elegant fish and seafood restaurant in revamped boutique hotel The Franklin on the Upper East Side.

A regular on television, Becker was invited to compete in Bravo’s Top Chef Masters in 2013, and to this day regularly appears on Iron Chef America, The Today Show, Dr. Oz, The Rachael Ray Show, and Beat Bobby Flay. He has also lent his culinary expertise to the publishing world, penning three cookbooks: Eat & Beat Diabetes, The Diabetic Chef, and most recently, Good Fat Cooking.

In his free time, Becker serves as the Chairman of PopEarth.org, which specializes in holistic care for the special needs community. To date, he has raised more than $15 million dollars for Autism-related charities.

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