On today's episode of All in the Industry®, Shari Bayer goes on location at Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria in Noho, NYC, to chat with its Executive Chef Justin Smillie. After attending the Culinary Institute of America, Justin secured a position at Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Mercer Kitchen, followed by posts at Danny Meyer's Gramercy Tavern and Jonathan Waxman's Washington Park, where he fell in love with the bold flavors and rustic techniques. After working with Daniel Silverman on the opening of The Standard in New York, as well as other Andre Balaz properties, he was introduced to Il Buco’s owner Donna Lennard, who tapped him as Executive Chef of Italian trattoria Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria, where he earned three stars from The New York Times. In 2014, Justin collaborated with Stephen Starr on Upland in NYC, and later a Miami outpost, before returning to il Buco in 2020. He and Donna have recently launched Smillie Pizza in an ode to Justin's Cali-talian background and style of cooking. His first book, “Slow Fires: Mastering New Ways to Braise, Roast, and Grill," was released by Clarkson Potter in 2015. Today's show also features Shari's PR tip to find your style; Speed Round; Industry News discussion on Batlthazar's reopening in NYC; plus, Shari's Solo Dining experience at Xilonen in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NYC.  REMINDER: We have new All in the Industry® merch available, including All in the Industry hats & totes, and H.O.S.T. notebooks & pens. Through May 31, 2021, 100% of the proceeds from our hat sales (less shipping/handling) will be donated to the Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC) to help with their continued efforts to #saverestaurants. Go to allintheindustry.com/merch to get your AITI swag today!

Justin Smillie

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