BigNews.Biz - Mar 29,2012 - Concord, NH – Ten chefs from around the state have been chosen as Celebrity Chefs for the first ever statewide New Hampshire Restaurant Week by the New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association. The eight-day event, slated for May 18-25, features more than 125 restaurants presenting three-course prix fixe menus for lunch and/or dinner.
“We’re excited to have such a talented and diverse group representing New Hampshire and the fine cuisine this state has to offer,” said Mike Somers, president and CEO of the NHLRA. “These chefs are working hard to promote New Hampshire as a culinary destination, and I can’t wait for New Hampshire residents – and visitors from around New England – to be able to experience what these chefs and others will be serving this May.”
The Celebrity Chefs were chosen for their contributions to the culinary community in New Hampshire, according to the NHLRA. They each strive to bring quality food, unique menus and a higher standard to the restaurant offerings in the Granite State.
The 10 Celebrity Chefs representing Restaurant Week NH are:
Celebrity Chef Nicole Barreira
Nicole Barreira joined Great NH Restaurants in 2006. Receiving three degrees from Southern New Hampshire University and hoping to start her doctoral studies soon, she has been the face of T-BONES and Cactus Jack’s for years, known to regulars as “Chef Nicole” and for her pink chef’s jacket. She began working in the industry at 14, and now as executive chef, she plans and develops all seasonal and specialty menus for T-BONES and Cactus Jack’s.
Celebrity Chef Michael Buckley
Michael Buckley and his wife, Sarah, are the founders of Michael Timothy’s Dining Group, featuring MT’s Local Kitchen and Wine Bar in Nashua; Surf in Nashua and Portsmouth; and Buckley’s Great Steaks in Merrimack. Chef Michael is very active in the Nashua community, serving on the board of directors for the Nashua Chamber of Commerce, and he is a member of the New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association. He works daily as chef-owner of his four restaurants.
Celebrity Chef Stuart Cameron
Stuart Cameron has worked in fine cuisine for more than 20 years, most currently at Hanover Street Chophouse in Manchester. A graduate of Cornell University, he’s worked in restaurants in San Francisco, Napa Valley, Boston, Chicago and Rhode Island. Chef Stuart specializes in combining French techniques with traditional American influences. He previously was executive chef at C.R. Sparks in Bedford.
Celebrity Chef Josh Farrington
Josh Farrington is a native New Englander, having grown up in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. He began his culinary career at the Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville, Vt., and the Black Bear Tavern & Grille in St. Johnsbury, Vt. Chef Josh is an active member of the NH chapter of the American Culinary Federation. He has worked at the White Mountain Hotel & Resort in North Conway since 2008, and was recently promoted to executive chef.
Celebrity Chef Benjamin Knack
Benjamin Knack started his career at a four-star restaurant rated as one of the top