With his sophisticated, flavorful, and creative recipes, Jeffrey Nathan is one of the most popular chefs in today's market. His innovative, ethnic-influenced recipes and contemporary presentations appeal to diners young and old. Since its inception in October 1998, Nathan has been the chef-host of public television's New Jewish Cuisine, the only international gourmet Kosher cooking series, which is seen in four countries and translated into three languages. His cookbooks, Adventures in Jewish Cooking and Jeff Nathan's Family Suppers are available worldwide.
He is the executive chef of The Abigael's Group, which includes Abigael's, and the Green Tea Lounge. At his restaurants, and on his television show, Nathan emphasizes the flavors of modern America while observing the laws of kashruth. He is setting the new standard for Kosher Cuisine with his innovative dishes and presentations.
Nathan's career in New York City has included the famed New Deal, where he worked and co-owned this well-known establishment for fourteen years at the SoHo and WestVillage locations. New Deal hosted the Annual Wild Game Festival for four months every year, and put Nathan on the map for bringing exotic meats into mainstream dining.
He is the chef responsible for bringing Wild Game to the forefront of American Cuisine in the 1980s, and for bringing Kosher Cuisine to mainstream American Dining in the New Millenium.
Recently, Chef Nathan became the Director of Culinary Development for the Hain-Celestial Group. Working directly within the research and development branch, Jeff creates many of the new products on the market shelves.
His latest venture has been to advance into the catering field. With Jeff Nathan Events, fine boutique catering Jeff offers individualized services. Preferred locations are at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, and exclusivity at Beth El Synagogue Center in New Rochelle, New York.
An informative and infectiously enthusiastic teacher, Nathan received a James Beard Awards nomination for his work on New Jewish Cuisine for Best National Television Cooking Series. He has cooked at the James Beard House in New York City on many occasions, including a sell-out First Friday Luncheon and the famed Chanukah Dinner. He was also the recipient of the James Beard National Chili Cook-off award for Abigael's Venison Chili.
His creative approach to Kosher cooking has been enthusiastically received, and Nathan has been profiled in articles in Time, Saveur, Chef's, Art Culinaire and Food Arts. His Abigael's acclaim has been noted in the New York Daily News, The Forward, The Jewish Press, The New York Jewish Herald, The Bergen Record, The New Jersey Jewish News, and New Jersey Star Ledger. The Boston Globe and The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and several others throughout the nation have featured articles on him. Chef Nathan has appeared on several television programs as a guest chef, including regular appearances on Live with Regis, The Joan River's Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brian, Roseanne, TV Food Network's The Best Of... Holidays, NBC and ABC News.