2023 Chefs

Todd Gray



Thursday, May 5, 2022 Winemaker Dinner Series

A leading advocate for sustainable farming, Todd Gray is committed to using only seasonal ingredients and supporting regional producers that champion sustainable farming practices.

Todd studied at the University of Richmond and graduated with honors from the Culinary Institute of America, earning five nominations for James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic” Award. He was the first chef to be invited to speak by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House for the Chefs Move To Schools campaign. Chef Gray was appointed by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to serve as one of the inaugural State Department Chefs.

Along with his wife Ellen, Todd has developed many projects including Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg, Virginia, Watershed at the Hilton Garden Inn, and Muse at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Their latest venture brings them to Rehoboth Beach, DE where they are opening Federal Fritter in February 2021.

Todd’s background in classical French and Italian techniques, proclivity for invention, and unflappable kitchen leadership has made him a sought-after mentor and influential leader in the world of gastronomy.