Amanda Freitag is one of New York City’s most celebrated chefs. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Amanda has worked under Jean-Georges Vongerichten at Vong, Diane Forley at Verbena, Alain Passard at Paris’s famed restaurant Arpege, and Tom Valenti at Cesca. She worked as executive chef at Gusto and The Harrison before opening her first restaurant, the Empire Diner, housed in the classic diner space near the High Line, in October 2013.
Amanda has battled Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America and has a recurring role as a judge on the Food Network series Chopped, which is in heavy rotation. Amanda also co-hosts American Diner Revival on the Food Network alongside Ty Pennington. She lives in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City.