Chef Alex Dino

Chef Dino began perfecting his craft working in New York City’s preeminent kitchens including Alta, Marriott Marquis Hotel and Michelin Star Le Bernardin. An award-winning chef and accomplished writer, he’s been recognized as the 2010 Sears Chef Challenge Grand Champion, 2008 top three best cafeteria chefs by Fortune Magazine, and author of the cookbook “MODERN TOFU” delightfully, decadent and healthy. 

An advocate of international cuisine, Chef Dino describes his style of cooking as adaptable; sometimes opting for no-frills, clean cooking that allows the ingredients to shine, and sometimes pushing the envelope. “Often I do the most simple form of cooking," Chef Alex explains, “but I’m not going to shy away from being really technical in cooking.”

When not in the kitchen, Chef Dino never stops moving, and in 2022, he was inducted into the World Marathon Majors “Hall of Fame.” So far, he’s completed more than two dozen marathons across the globe including Berlin, Tokyo, London, Toronto, Paris, Rome, Madrid, New York, Chicago, Boston and many more.

Chef Dino in the kitchen

More About This Chef

Favorite Food

Any and all fresh seafood

Favorite MINOR’S® Product

MINOR’S® Classical Reductions Reduced Chicken Stock

Geographic Region

NY, New England


Food & Beverage Management, Cornell University

Art Institute of New York, NY

La Bernardin, New York, NY – Apprentice

Major Achievements/Awards

Grand Champion, Sears Chef Challenge

Top Corporate Dining Executive Chef, Fortune Magazine

Author, Modern Tofu

Work History

  • Compass Group/Chartwells Higher Ed, Rye Brook, NY – Regional Executive Chef
  • Gate Gourmet, San Francisco, CA – Executive Chef
  • Sachet d’ Epices Catering, Norwalk, CT – Executive Chef
  • Northern Westchester Hospital Teaching Kitchen, Mt. Kisco, NY – Chef Instructor
  • Culinart, Inc., Norwalk, CT – Executive Chef / Manager
  • Marriott Hotel, Stamford & Trumbull, CT – Banquet Chef
  • Alta Restaurant, New York, NY – Chef De Cuisine