Nate Appleman from "The Next Iron Chef" is one of the contestants on the Food Network reality culinary competition series. Nate is currently the Executive Chef and partner of Pulino's Bar and Pizzeria in New York City.

Chef Nate Appleman's soulful cooking style has garnered local and national praise. As a 2009 James Beard Foundation Award Rising Star Chef winner, Food & Wine 2009 Best New Chef and San Francisco Chronicle Rising Star Chef, his cooking has been recognized by publications such as The New York Times, Bon Appétit, Martha Stewart Show and Gourmet.

A graduate from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, the native of Greenville, Ohio has worked across the country, honing his skills at restaurants including Maisonette in Cincinnati, Brasa in Seattle, Campton Place in San Francisco, The Dining Room at The Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco, and Tra Vigne in St. Helena, California.

It was Appleman's affinity for butchery and curing meats that inspired him to join a friend in Florence, Italy and work as an apprentice for half a year. While learning traditional Italian methods of salumi production and butchery, he simultaneously developed a deep appreciation for regional Italian cuisine and its focus on seasonal ingredients and simple, time-honored preparations. His experience working in Italy became the foundation of his inspiration as a chef.

After joining A16's opening team as executive sous chef, Appleman became one of the few American pizzaiolos certified by the Verace Pizza Napoletana Association. After becoming A16's executive chef and co-owner in 2006, restaurant reviewer Michael Bauer gave the restaurant three-and-a-half stars for food quality in the San Francisco Chronicle. A year later, he opened SPQR with partners Shelley Lindgren and Victoria Libin.

While at the helm of A16 and SPQR, Appleman created seasonal menus inspired by local produce, heritage meats, sustainable seafood, and Italian traditions. These elements are celebrated in his first book," A16 Food + Wine" (Ten Speed Press, 2008), which earned two prestigious 2009 IACP Cookbook Awards: Cookbook of the Year and First Book/The Julia Child Award. Appleman left A16 and SPQR in July, 2009, and recently relocated to New York where he has partnered with Keith McNally to open Pulino's Bar and Pizzeria on the Bowery.

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Where does he live? Find out here.

Hometown: Greenville, OH
Current Residence: New York, NY

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