Andy Nusser’s passion for food was sparked in his Spanish hometown on the Costa Brava where he worked as a dishwasher at a restaurant called Casa Nun. Nusser spent more than a decade working for General Motors in Santa Barbara before enrolling at the Culinary Institute of America. After graduating at the top of his class, Nusser cooked with Mario Batali in the tiny kitchen at Pó in Greenwich Village, Mario’s first restaurant. In 1998, Andy was named Executive Chef at Mario and Joe Bastianich’s newly opened Babbo where he helped the restaurant earn three stars from The New York Times and the title of Best New Restaurant from the James Beard Foundation. In 2003, Andy, Nancy, Mario and Joe opened Casa Mono and Bar Jamón, odes to the food Andy experienced growing up in Spain. Among his many successes, Andy was an Award Wining Chef at the Copa de Jerez 2007 International Competition. He and his family reside in Hastings-on-Hudson.
Restaurateur Joe Bastianich, alongside partners Lidia Bastianich and Mario Batali, owns thirty successful restaurants worldwide including New York City-based Babbo and Del Posto and Carnevino in Las Vegas. In 2010, ...