Line cooks are the unsung heroes of a restaurant kitchen. They’re the crew that plates your tartare and cleans out the deep fryer every night. The team that stays late so you can order half the menu five minutes before closing—and then organizes, sanitizes, and prepares every inch of a restaurant before it opens the next day. These often-overlooked culinary pros will soon play a starring role, though, in a series of Monday night dinners starting September 11 called The Lineup.
The series, which returns for three nights this month and features cooks from NYC restaurants Bonnie’s, Rolo’s and The Four Horsemen, is the brainchild of chef and Today Show Culinary Contributor Elena Besser. She came up with the concept after working for a year and a half on the opening team of Missy Robbins’ famed restaurant, Lilia, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.