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Professional Chef who has trained in the best cities and worked in the best restaurants
Paul Corsentino, Executive Chef of Art of Dinning Big Sur, brings more than a decade of cosmopolitan big city experience to the iconic rustic setting of Big Sur, Monterey Bay and the Central Coast. With an honest and bucolic approach to coastal American cooking, Corsentino works closely with local foragers, fisherman and farms to infuse authentic ingredients from the surrounding coastal landscape into his always-changing menus.
Most recently, Chef Corsentino was the Executive Chef at The Sur House Restaurant at Ventana Big Sur, where he found a passion for local ingredients from Big Sur and the Monterey Bay as well as the Central Coast.
A native of Illinois and graduate of the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, Corsentino began his culinary career in 2002 at the nationally acclaimed MK in Chicago where he was Chef de Partie at this New American restaurant. He then headed east, serving as Chef Tournant at Bouley in New York City where he worked closely with Cesar Ramirez, an innovative chef whose use of French techniques helped Corsentino cultivate and refine what would become his own trademark style.
Subsequent positions included Executive Sous Chef at Rouge Tomate on the Upper East Side where Corsentino created truly seasonal fare with locally sourced products and then Chef de Cuisine at Dumont in Brooklyn’s vibrant Williamsburg neighborhood where he created elevated American-style comfort food.
Corsentino’s final stint in New York, before moving to the west coast, was as Executive Chef of The National at The Benjamin Hotel in New York City. He worked with celebrated chef and restaurateur, Geoffrey Zakarian, who was an influential mentor.
Corsentino has proven he can handle the heat in the kitchen, having assisted Zakarian in winning the fourth season of Food Network’s “The Next Iron Chef, Super Chefs” in 2011 and making multiple appearances alongside Zakarian on “Iron Chef America.” Corsentino has also appeared on “Simply Ming” cooking alongside Ming Tsai showcasing the flavors of Monterey Bay.
Corsentino is a regular participant in Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival and has participated in many other dining festivities. Chef Corsentino currently resides in Seaside, California, with his wife Amarisa and son Rocco. He enjoys running and hiking when not creating in the kitchen.
For me, cooking is...
My passion and my life. I have been cooking my entire life and what to continue to pass along my skills.
I learned to cook at...
Culinary school as well as the best restaurants in this country
A role model in the kitchen is...
Anyone who works hard and is passionate
A cooking secret...
Love, salt and treating every ingredient with respect
As a Private Chef, I can offer you:
Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in Seaside.
I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Seaside. You name it!
A longer stay in Seaside? I'm available for holidays, on a daily basis, and so forth. Just let me know!
Because "sharing is caring". I would be happy to teach you all sorts of techniques and recipes in Seaside.
Paul's Food Gallery
We all eat with our eyes first! Below you can find a little demonstration of what I can bring to your table.
Chef Paul's reviews
Chef Paul was created a beautiful evening and meal for us. He was great to work with leading up to the event. Provided an amazing menu and suggestions and executed it beautifully. Would 100% recommend him to anyone and will definitely use him again in the future!
Melanie Bentley - Aug 25 2021
Hosted a 50th birthday dinner for my husband and 14 of our closest friends. After selecting Chef Paul Corsentino based on his profile, it was clear I made the right choice as he spoke with my husband and I multiple times to ensure our vision for the evening came to life. He answered every call and text promptly and was helpful with all our questions. To say the evening went perfectly is an understatement. The food was incredible and all our friends were blown away - highly recommend the gnocchi with shrimp, short ribs, and tomato salad! Chef Paul is a perfect blend of personality and talent - truly a master of his craft.
Emily Spencer - Jun 29 2021
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