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Position: Owner & Executive Chef at Annisa, Author of Cooking Without Borders
Education: Columbia University, L’Ecole Ritz-Escoffier
Awards: Annisa received a two-star review from the New York Times. Lo was named to Food & Wine magazine’s list of the ten “Best New Chefs in America”.
The Village Voice named her the “Best New Restaurant Chef.” On July 4, 2009.
Annisa received three stars from the New York Times in 2014.
About Anita Lo:
Anita Lo, chef and owner of Annisa in New York City, is one of the most respected chefs in the country, earning numerous accolades for her inventive contemporary American cuisine that reflects her multicultural upbringing and classic French training.
Lo, a second generation Chinese-American, grew up with her family in Birmingham, Michigan and fostered an interest in food at a young age. While earning a degree in French language at Columbia University, she studied at Reid Hall—Columbia’s French language institute in Paris. She fell in love with the food culture and vowed to return. Back in the United States, Lo accepted her first kitchen job as garde-manger at Bouley, but after a year, she decided to move back to Paris and enroll in Ecole Ritz-Escoffier, a revered culinary institution. She received her degree, graduating first in her class with honors, while interning under Guy Savoy and Michel Rostang. Back in New York, Lo worked her way through all the stations at David Waltuck’s Chanterelle. She developed her culinary style during her time at Mirezi, where she earned a two-star review from The New York Times. After two years at Mirezi, Lo left to travel the world, explore food in Europe and Southeast Asia and plan her own restaurant, a project that would eventually define her culinary career.
Lo opened Annisa, whose name means ”women” in Arabic, in 2000, an intimate, upscale restaurant in Greenwich Village serving Contemporary American cuisine.
In October 2011, Lo released her long-awaited first cookbook, which highlights her passion for bringing simple, multicultural flavors to her American kitchen. Her recipes celebrate the best flavors and ingredients from around the world at a time when access to international ingredients is greater than ever before. Interspersed are stories from Lo’s life as a Chinese-American, memories of her travels and tips on cooking.
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Anita Lo’s Book