Walla Walla native heads to James Beard House

By on January 12, 2015
Michael Corvino of Walla Walla will cook at the James Beard House in New York City.

Walla Walla, Wash., native Michael Corvino will be a guest chef at the James Beard House in New York. He is executive chef at The American Restaurant in Kansas City, Mo. (Photo courtesy of The American Restaurant)

NEW YORK – Walla Walla native Michael Corvino will be cooking at one of America’s most famous homes Jan. 22.

Corvino, the executive chef and general manager of The American Restaurant in Kansas City, Mo., will play host to his first dinner at the James Beard House.

All of Corvino’s wine selections reflect his Northwest upbringing, as they are from Washington and Oregon.

Corvino will be joined by his team at The American Restaurant, including pastry chef Nick Wesemann, who was a 2014 James Beard Award semifinalist.

“I am incredibly humbled to have the opportunity to cook at the James Beard House in New York,” Corvino said in a news release. “This honor is one that most chefs dream of during their career. To serve guests and friends within the walls that James Beard did the same is beyond thrilling for me and our whole team.”

Corvino’s wine selections include:

Corvino began to explore the culinary arts as a teenager, and he attended Walla Walla Community College from 1998 to 2000.

His first professional gig was as sous chef and banquet chef at the Marcus Whitman Hotel in Walla Walla from 2001 to 2004. From there, he moved to Chicago to work at The Peninsula as chef de cuisine until March 2007. He spent 15 months as saucier chef at The Ritz Carlton in Naples, Fla., before moving on to The Nines in Portland as its executive sous chef. After more than three years, Corvino landed at the famed Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, Texas, as its executive sous chef before arriving at The American Restaurant in July 2013.

Tickets for the dinner at The James Beard House are $170 per person, or $130 for James Beard Foundation members.

About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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