Anthony Burd pretty much grew up around food. After watching his Italian grandparents and mother cook from a young age, he got his first job at 11 years old at a local diner. “I worked [in kitchens] throughout high school, then went to The Culinary Institute of America in New York,” he says.
After school, the New Jersey native took a trip to Italy in order to reconnect with his roots. He ended up staying there, working as an executive chef for farm-to-table restaurant Borgo Pignano in Volterra, Tuscany. It was there he fell in love with the culture and most importantly the food and where it came from. Villa Pignano’s organic farm grew 70% of their own food, to be used solely for the restaurant.
Following stints at top restaurants in the US, Burd worked at Marea in New York City, and three years ago was invited by American chef/owner Michael White to work at Al Molo in Hong Kong.
He now works as executive chef with a team of 25 cooks at the kitchen at Mercato. The Italian restaurant marks legendary French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s first venture in Hong Kong since now-closed Pierrot, which opened at the Mandarin Oriental in the 1980s. “His reputation for producing Michelin-quality restaurants all around the world is outstanding — he is my mentor, and I work hard to live up to his legacy,” says Burd.
With an emphasis on using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Burd is constantly looking to switch up the menu too. “I hope to bring old-school Italian flair to this city, with a creative new world twist — but without compromising the integrity of traditional Italian flavors.”
Now chef Anthony prior to joining the restaurant-La Scala Bangkok,is the best described as cooking Italian flavor with a creative new world twist.
His new menu as below:
Beet Root Carpaccio
crème fraiche, orange, mint
squid ink agnolotti, bottarga, Tuscan kale
Stockyards Wagyu Beef Striploin
black truffle, swiss chard, potato tortino
passion fruit crémeux, Nougatine, coconut sorbet
La Scala, Italian restaurant Bangkok | The Sukhothai Bangkok
13, 3 S Sathon Rd, Khwaeng Thung Maha Mek, Khet Sathon, Bangkok