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Bios

Keith McNally

Keith was born in London and moved to New York in 1975, where he worked in a series of restaurant jobs from oyster shucker to busboy to general layabout. In 1980 he opened his first restaurant, The Odeon. Since then he’s opened Café Luxembourg, Nell’s, Lucky Strike, Pravda, Balthazar, Pastis, Schiller’s, Morandi, Minetta Tavern, Cherche Midi, and Augustine, as well as Balthazar in London. He’s written and directed two feature films, End of the Night and Far from Berlin. In 2010 he was mistakenly given the James Beard Award for Outstanding U.S. Restaurateur.

 

Shane McBride

Shane grew up in West Palm Beach where, at age 18, he secured his first job in a professional kitchen at Narcissus. There he worked his way up from Garde Manger to Sous Chef. His first mentor, Chef Todd Jent, helped instill in Shane a career-long desire to constantly strive higher and seek out new challenges. This drive, along with his knowledge of classic French cooking techniques and love of simple, straightforward flavors, led McBride into a roster of the most prestigious restaurant kitchens in the country, including Aureole, Lespinasse and Craftsteak (later Colicchio & Sons). In 2010, Shane joined Balthazar as Chef de Cuisine. He is currently Executive Chef at Balthazar and Schiller’s, and Co-Executive Chef at Cherche Midi and Augustine. In his free time as a self-admitted barbecue addict, Shane and some of his like-minded friends started the Ribdiculous Bar-B-Krewe a NYC-based competition BBQ team.