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Celebrity chefs announced for 3rd annual Restaurant Week in New Hampshire, includes 3 chefs from Bedford restaurants

Friday, May 9, 2014

Chefs from around the state have been designated as Celebrity Chefs for the third annual statewide New Hampshire Restaurant Week, a program of the New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association (NHLRA). The eight-day event runs from May 16-23 and encompasses more than 100 local restaurants offering three-course, prix-fixe menus for lunch and/or dinner.

“Restaurant Week presents a great opportunity for New Hampshire residents to re-visit their favorite eateries or to try out a new culinary destination,” says Mike Somers, NHLRA president and chief executive officer. “The chefs at our participating restaurants have done a great job creating menus to fit every budget and palate.”

“Having worked directly with restaurants throughout the state, the New Hampshire Liquor Commission has first-hand knowledge of the Granite State’s extraordinary culinary landscape. We are proud to be the presenting sponsor of New Hampshire Restaurant Week, which works to spotlight the exceptional dining options available in our state,” said New Hampshire Liquor Commission Chairman Joseph W. Mollica. “We hope that residents and visitors of legal drinking age also discover new wines and spirits while dining, all of which are available at our 77 conveniently located New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlets.”

The Celebrity Chefs were chosen for their contributions to the culinary community in New Hampshire. They each strive to bring quality food, unique menus and the best culinary experience they can offer to the Granite State.

Local celebrity chefs representing Restaurant Week New Hampshire are:

Celebrity Chef Nicole Barreira

Nicole Barreira joined Great New Hampshire Restaurants in 2006. Receiving three degrees from Southern New Hampshire University and hoping to start her doctoral studies soon, she has been the face of T-BONES and Cactus Jack’s for years, known to regulars as “Chef Nicole” and for her signature pink chef’s jacket. She began working in the industry at 14, and now as corporate chef, she plans and develops all seasonal and specialty menus for T-BONES and Cactus Jack’s.

Celebrity Chef Benjamin Knack

Benjamin Knack started his career at a four-star restaurant rated as one of the top 20 in America, and he continues that high standard with his work at the Bedford Village Inn. A graduate of the New York Institute of Technology, he worked in Phoenix and Boston before arriving at the Bedford Village Inn. Reality TV show fans may recognize Knack from his time on Season 7 of Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” with Gordon Ramsay.

Chris Volkmann

Chef Chris Volkmann, of Copper Door Restaurant, has been with Great New Hampshire Restaurants (GNHR) for 16 years. During this time, Volkmann has held positions on the GNHR Recipe Development Committee, presented over 30 WMUR Cooks Corner episodes, and represented T-BONES, CJ’s and Copper Door concepts at Chef Auctions, Taste of the Nation and many more local events over the years. Volkmann graduated from Manchester School of Technology’s culinary program and was ranked No. 3 in the state competition thereafter.

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