Chef Severino honored by Food & Wine magazine
Upon hearing news of his latest accolade, Justin Severino was quick to thank the Pittsburgh community that's helped elevate him to national acclaim.
The chef and owner of Cure in Lawrenceville has been named Food & Wine's 2014 People's Best New Chef for the mid-Atlantic region.
“One of the reasons I decided to move back to Pittsburgh is the community,” said Severino, a highly decorated graduate of the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute who spent six years in the kitchens of California chefs before opening his own butcher shop in Santa Cruz. He and wife Hilary returned to Pittsburgh in 2007.
“It's a really awesome time for someone like me to be here,” he said. “There is so much support. Pittsburgh is such a city full of real people. We all go to work every day. There is a real feel to the people who live here.”
Known for his commitment to Mediterranean-inspired seasonal cooking and sustainable sourcing that showcases Western Pennsylvania's best ingredients, Severino was honored “because he closed a successful butcher shop in California to open a meat-centric restaurant in Pittsburgh, where he butchers and cures everything himself and educates eaters about the provenance of their food,” according to the magazine's website.
Prior to opening Cure two years ago, Severino worked as sous chef at Eleven, then executive chef at Elements. He knew his concept for Cure was a risk — not many places butcher in-house and are known for offering dishes like pork belly confit and pig cheek ragu.
Severino buys as much locally grown and raised produce and meats as possible with the goal of serving as a reflection of the region's seasons and farms.
As for any future plans, Severinos' aim is simple.
“I'm going to continue doing exactly what I've been doing,” he said with a laugh.
Severino was one of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's People to Watch in 2014.
Rachel Weaver is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7948 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Medicare payments to tie doctor, hospital payments to quality rather than volume of care
- Business roundup: IBM “flatly denies” report of mass layoffs; more
- Interest rates likely to stay low until fall
- Crosby banned from Jets game because he missed All-Star Game
- Former Steelers LB Haggans to do time in Westmoreland jail
- Pittsburgh cracks down on overcrowded houses
- College Basketball Tuesday: Standout freshmen guards meet in Big Ten showdown
- Lower Burrell 5th-grader illustrates power of kindness with cancer charity
- LeBeau won’t join Cardinals coaching staff
- MSA Safety products in demand to protect workers in dangerous jobs
- Unselfish play helps St. Vincent women to special season