Keith McNally 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, and Cherche Midi, 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 grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida where, at age 18, he secured his first job in a professional kitchen at Narcissus and worked his way up from garde manger to sous chef. His first mentor, chef Todd Jent, helped instill Shane’s career-long desire to constantly strive higher and seek out new challenges. This drive, along with knowledge of classic French cooking techniques and a love of simple, straightforward flavors, led McBride into a roster of the most prestigious restaurant kitchens in the country, including Aureole with Chef Charlie Palmer, Lespinasse with Chef Christian Delouvrier and Craftsteak (later Colicchio & Sons) with chef/owner Tom Colicchio. In 2010, Shane joined Balthazar as Chef de Cuisine, bringing with him a solid background of fine French cuisine and a drive to bring the finest local ingredients. In his free time, Shane, a self-admitted barbecue addict, assembled some like-minded chef friends of his and started the Ribdiculous Bar-B-Krewe a NYC based competition BBQ team. Shane is currently Executive Chef at Balthazar and Schiller’s, and co-Executive Chef at Cherche Midi.
Daniel Parilla grew up in southern New Jersey and graduated from the Restaurant School of Philadelphia in 1996. Daniel has worked in fine dining kitchens in Philadelphia and New York, including Café Boulud, Bouley, and Union Pacific. In 2009, Parilla joined the opening team at Minetta Tavern, where he worked for five years. Daniel is currently co-Executive Chef at Cherche Midi.