'BRINGING THE TABLES TO THE BREAD'
Native New Yorker, Chef Paul Gerard has travelled the world, fuelled by a love for good food and adventure. At 20, he left Brooklyn for New Orleans honed his skills at some of The Big Easy’s hottest Restaurants including Restaurant August, Bayona, Peristyle, and Gautreau’s. His time at Susan Spicer’s Bayona is still referred to as the restaurant’s ‘golden era’ as he and his mates he came up with in that kitchen all went on to achieve great things in the culinary world. Gerard’s came back to NY, and moved into corporate culinary community joining Todd English’s management team before taking on Executive Chef positions at China Grill Management, Soho Grand Hotel and Soho House. Returning to his New York roots, he opened restaurants including Exchange Alley, capturing the essence of the scene of his youth, E’s Bar, and Belle Reve – a small place that is pure Big Apple. He’s a musician, poet, and the creator of numerous radio, television and online programs, including his own radio show Eating Disorder on Heritage Radio Network.
Hoboken native Joe Castelo is the founder of Coalition Films. He co-wrote and directed The War Within, which premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival and was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards (Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor) and an International Press Academy Satellite Award for Best Picture. Castelo has an MFA in Film from Columbia University. While in film school, he wrote and directed American Saint, starring Kevin Corrigan and Vincent Schiavelli. American Saint screened at the San Francisco and Florida International Film Festivals, before winning awards for Best Film, Best Director and Best Cinematography at the 2001 Hamptons International Film Festival.