New Yorkers credit Birmingham, England, native April Bloomfield with spurring the Big Apple’s gastropub movement. Originally making a name for herself at London’s famed River Café, Bloomfield caught the attention of chef Mario Batali, who brought her stateside to open The Spotted Pig in the West Village in 2004. There, Bloomfield became the chef/co-owner while earning a Michelin star for refined, comforting dishes such as delicate sheep’s milk ricotta gnudi with brown butter and crispy sage and braised lamb shank with polenta and gremolata.
She then took her star power to The Breslin Bar and Dining Room at the Ace Hotel in 2009, where she earned another Michelin star for hearty, meat-focused fare, before opening the lighter seafood-centric John Dory, also in the Ace Hotel, in 2011. Her latest offering, Salvation Taco in the Pod 39 hotel, continues to showcase the chef’s vast global lexicon in the kitchen. Bloomfield is also the author of the cookbook A Girl and Her Pig. This is the third year in a row that she has been nominated for Best Chef NYC.
Where to eat April Bloomfield’s food:
The Spotted Pig
314 W. 11th St.
The Breslin Bar and Dining Room
16 W. 29th St.
The John Dory Oyster Bar
145 E. 39th St.
This chef profile is part of a series we’re running as part of the annual James Beard Foundation Awards and Gala, commonly referred to as the “Oscars of the food world.” Winners will be announced on Monday, May 6, at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. For more information, see our introductory story.