Corporate executive chef for Feng and Ginza Restaurant Group
One of the youngest corporate chefs in the state, Jared Calderone
, 26, has
an impressive résumé.
has worked with the some of the top talents in the Northeast, including Peter X. Kelly, who appeared on Iron Chef America, and David Burke.
gone fishing with celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse and was a personal chef for Bruce Springsteen.
The most intimidating person he
has had to cook for was former president George W. Bush, when he
prepared food for a Republican Party event.
One day, he
would like the opportunity to cook for comedian/actor Larry David.
"I believe his
outlook on life is exceptional and completely obnoxious," Calderone
said, adding that he's
not sure what he
would like to cook for the actor, but he's
sure the experience would be fun.
In the meantime, he
is preparing for a career in the spotlight, much like those of his
He regularly does cooking demonstrations for WFSB-TV's Better Connecticut, and is currently deciding if he wants to accept offers to appear on the Food Network's Iron Chef or Chopped.
Before the cameras roll, however, Calderone
is making a name for himself as the preeminent local chef when it comes to Asian fusion dishes.
, who has an Italian background, wanted to move away from that and create American food with an Asian influence.
"It's a passion," he
The things he
most enjoys about his
job are meeting new people and developing new dishes.
said when it comes to cooking, it all comes down to "simple, fresh ingredients, teamwork and having fun."