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.
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 Executive Chef at Cherche Midi and Augustine.