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Amanda Freitag

Amanda Freitag

Born and raised in New Jersey, chef, author, and television star Amanda Freitag has become a culinary maven. Following her graduation from the Culinary Institute of America, Amanda worked in a diverse mix of restaurants in New York City, including Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Vong, Verbena, Il Buco, Cesca, and The Harrison, running the culinary gamut of Mediterranean, Italian, and Classic American. She sharpened her skills through world travel, including working under Chef Alain Passard in Paris, and continued expanding her culinary expertise into a variety of international cuisines.

Outside of the restaurant business, Amanda has become a household name for her work both on and off the television screen. She is well known for being a judge on Food Network’s Chopped and has appeared on Iron Chef America, Next Iron Chef, Unique Eats, Beat Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri’s Tournament of Champions, and many more.

Her mission to make cooking more approachable inspired the creation of her cookbook, The Chef Next Door, her set of five unique spice blends, a collection of ready-to-pour bottled cocktails, and other ongoing culinary projects. Amanda has also earned notoriety on social media for her tutorial series “EasyAF,” where she shows audiences that delicious food can be fun and simple to make in the comfort of your own home.

Amanda Freitag - Leeks Vinaigrette

Leeks Vinaigrette

This recipe is a classic and makes me so happy. It is simple and elegant and truly exemplifies the beauty of French cuisine. I learned so much from my culinary training in school and my experience in restaurants. But I also learned from watching Jacques Pépin on his show for countless hours. I was so inspired by his choice of recipes and his love of food. I have wonderful memories of spending time with my father and watching Jacques cook and dreaming of being in the kitchen with him.

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