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Florida native, Chef Brian Cartenuto is the owner and creator of Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox in Deerfield Beach & Boca Raton, FL; Tucker Duke’s Street Food Division, Chef Brian splits his time on two coast as he is also the Executive Chef & Owner Queen City Grill & Cantinetta (Wallingford & Bellevue, WA) & Bar Cantinetta (Madison Valley, WA). His philosophy on food is one of refined simplicity. Use local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients as often as possible to create unexpected twists on comfort foods. Chef Brian believes that food has the power to create and invoke memories and that is precisely what he has set out to do. 

Along with the arsenal of successful restaurants Chef Brian currently operates, he also has a rather impressive culinary resume ranging from his schooling at Johnson & Wales University to a number of top tier Executive Chef Positions at restaurants such as Anthony Bourdain’s Brasserie Les Halles, NYC & Miami, FL and Dean & Deluca in Washington D.C. 

Chef Brian is a Florida favorite, winning a number of awards across the state for his craft burgers at Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox. He has also appeared on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen not once, but twice. He was a season 1 winner and was invited back to participate in another battle of wits in March 2014 with other previous winners, where he again prevailed. Most recently he appear on Beat Bobby Flay, Season 5, Stars & Stripes. 

With Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox locations a food truck thriving, on the east coast, and  Queen City Grill & Cantinetta on the west coast, with his sites set on opening more locations along both coasts –it appears the culinary possibilities are endless for Chef Brian Cartenuto.

More about Brian Cartenuto

What is your ultimate comfort food?PASTA! I love it, anytime, right now it is a lot of cavatelli with butter and sageIf you weren't a chef, what would you be?I would be in the retail andor fashion world of some sort or interior design as i have a degree in designWhat three things are always in your pantry?GREAT olive oil, Lemons, thymeIf you could cook with anyone in the world, who would it be?Bobby Flay, i have met him a few times and i think he is a great chef and a nice guy!