Portale, Alfred

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Portale, Alfred Gender: M
born on 5 July 1954 at 00:05 (= 12:05 AM )
Place Buffalo, New York, 42n53, 78w53
Timezone EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 12°36' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 10°06 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 20°53'

Alfred Portale
photo: Peter Bond from USA, license cc-by-sa-2.0


American chef, author and restaurateur known as a pioneer in the New American cuisine movement.

After graduating top of his class from the Culinary Institute of America in 1981, Portale became the chef at Gotham Bar and Grill in 1985 and took it to new heights with his beautiful plating and insistence on high quality ingredients.

Portale is the author of three cookbooks in collaboration with others and alone: Gotham Bar and Grill Cookbook (1997), and Twelve Seasons Cookbook: A Month-by-Month Guide to the Best There is to Eat (2000) and Simple Pleasures: Home Cooking from the Gotham Bar and Grill's Acclaimed Chef (2004).

He has also made television appearances, most notably as a guest judge on the episode of Top Chef originally broadcast on June 27, 2007 and as a featured chef with Julia Child in her PBS series “Cooking with Master Chefs” on December 16, 1995.

In October 2008, Portale opened Gotham Steak at the Fountainebleau Miami in Miami, Florida.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes him in "CELEBRATING AMERICAN CHEFS," by Cynthia Kilian, 30 June 1999, New York Post, p. 34: "I grew up thinking I was born on the Fourth of July, but then I found out that I was actually born a few minutes after midnight,"


  • Vocation : Food and Beverage : Chef/ Cook
  • Vocation : Food and Beverage : Restaurateur
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction