Chef Mark Ladner Profile
Chef Mark Ladner is content to do things simply. The James Beard Award Winning chef — who led the kitchen at Manhattan’s Lupa, Otto and, most recently, the Italian fine dining superpower and a New York Times four-star restaurant Del Posto — sits atop the culinary world. Sam Sifton, who awarded Del Posto its four-stars in 2010 (making it the first Italian restaurant to receive full marks since 1974), wrote of Ladner, "His cooking is not about recreating Italy on a luxe scale so much as it is about recreating the Italian spirit on the grandest scale imaginable." A more recentTimes piece dubbed Ladner "a pasta whisperer, unsurpassed among American chefs." The Boston native makes good Italian.