About Chef Almanzo Ritfeld
Originally from Long Island with a Portuguese and Dutch background, Chef Almanzo channels the multicultural influences encountered throughout his personal life and career into ever-evolving inspiration for the dishes on his Chef’s Table. Starting as a dishwasher at a local, family-owned Italian restaurant, Chef Almanzo quickly discovered his passion for cooking, rising through the ranks to cook alongside the head chef. From his first experiences with traditional Italian cooking to the Latin flavors explored during his time at culinary school in Miami, Chef Almanzo aims to expand his palate, push creative boundaries, and prioritize collaboration with each and every dish. His Chef’s Table - featuring such dishes as the Pan Roasted Snapper - is inspired by seasonal ingredients, local culture, and ideas from his sous chefs and associates. This balance of inspired collaboration and bold innovation has been characteristic of Chef Almanzo’s career.