Photo courtesy of Landmark Photography
By mining New Jersey’s farms and waterways, artisan food products and homegrown beverages for the best, and only the best, AJ Capella has become the leading under-30 voice working today in a Garden State restaurant kitchen. The winner of the Garden State Culinary Arts Foundation 2017 Rising Star Chef Award, Capella has been working in restaurants and cooking for half his life. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, AJ spent a bulk of his career being the chef de cuisine at the Ryland Inn under our very own former chef, Craig Polignano. AJ also served as the executive chef of A Toute Heure in Cranford, NJ, and worked for a time for Grant Achatz at The Aviary in New York City.