Shea GallanteLincoln Ristorante
Shea Gallante brings over 15 years of experience cooking in New York’s most renowned kitchens to his role as Chef at Lincoln Ristorante.
Upon attending and graduating from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Gallante headed to New York City earned himself an opportunity to cook at the popular midtown Italian restaurant, Coco Opera. For two years, he worked under the guidance of chef and restaurateur Pino Luongo, excelling quickly to the position of sous-chef.
In 1997 Gallante accepted a position at the three star rated Felidia Restaurant. After a few short months Gallante excelled in this new fine dining environment and was offered another sous-chef position at Lidia Bastianich’s three-star, crown jewel restaurant, Felidia.
In 2000, Gallante was seeking to further expand and refine his culinary knowledge and accepted a position at the eponymous four-star rated Bouley Restaurant with Chef/Restaurateur David Bouley. In less than a year’s time, his dedication and adventurous interpretations of classic recipes earned him the title of chef de cuisine at Bouley. Gallante remained as the chef de cuisine for over three years, while maintaining its coveted New York Times four-star rating.
Following his success at Bouley, Gallante was selected by Investors to lead the kitchen as the Executive Chef at a new restaurant venture, CRU, in 2004. At CRU, Gallante’s inventive menus and unparalleled consistency earned three stars from The New York Times, one Michelin Star and three stars in New York Magazine. In addition, Gallante was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Chefs” for the class of 2005, while Bon Appétit named CRU one of its “50 Hot Restaurants” of the year. Gallante carried on his success at CRU for over five years.
In November 2010, Gallante created and launched Ciano, an upscale-casual Italian restaurant in the Flatiron district of Manhattan. The restaurant earned two stars from both The New York Times and New York Magazine. During his time as chef at Ciano, Gallante has made numerous media appearances; Martha Stewart Show, NBC Today Show, Good Morning America and notably, he was a winner on Iron Chef America.