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Though fine dining can be an intimidating phrase, many high-end restaurants are shifting away from the old, white-tablecloth model.
Benno, the restaurant tucked away in the back of the Evelyn Hotel in Manhattan, received a Michelin star in the 2020 guide after being open for less than a year.
The New York City restaurant centers itself around approachability and inclusion.
Insider sat down with chef Jonathan Benno, wine director Aaron Von Rock, and general manager Andrea Verardo to talk about fine dining, the philosophy at Benno, and all things Michelin.
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If you want an inside look at fine dining, look no further than Benno, the restaurant tucked away in the back of the Evelyn Hotel in Manhattan — the star-studded team is a veritable encyclopedia of restaurant knowledge.

Jonathan Benno is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has worked in kitchens run by top-name chefs including Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, and Tom Colicchio. He also served as chef de cuisine at Per Se, which was awarded three Michelin stars under his watch, and executive chef at Lincoln Ristorante, which was awarded one star.

Aaron Von Rock, the wine director, and Andrea Verardo, the general manager, also have illustrious, Michelin-starred careers at a slew of fine-dining establishments around the world.

Insider sat down with the trio before service in the elegant dining room of Benno’s eponymous restaurant to talk misconceptions surrounding fine dining, the philosophy at Benno, and all things Michelin.

Chef Jonathan Benno told Insider that while all of the Michelin stars he has received over the course of his career are special, the star that his eponymous restaurant, Benno, was awarded in the 2020 guide was a particularly …read more

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